Miguel M. de la O is a Circuit Judge for the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, in the Civil Division, and is the Administrative Judge for Appeals.  Judge de la O has presided over more than 90 jury trials.  He is Chair of the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee which provides advisory ethics opinions to Florida judges concerning the Code of Judicial Conduct.  He serves on the Executive Committee of the Circuit Court Conference as co-Chair of the judicial ethics subcommittee, and is a member of the Florida Supreme Court’s Criminal Court Steering Committee.  Judge de la O also serves on the faculty of the Circuit Court Conference and New Judges School, in addition to being an Adjunct Professor at the Florida International University College of Law where he teaches trial advocacy.  Judge de la O was awarded the 2016 Justice Award by the League of Prosecutors.

Judge de la O practiced law in Miami for over 20 years before his election as a Circuit Judge in 2012.  He attended Florida State University, graduating cum laude with degrees in political science and criminology, and with high honors from the Florida State University School of Law, where he was an Editor on the Law Review.  After law school, he worked for Steel Hector & Davis and Sonnett, Sale & Kuehne.  In 1994, he co-founded de la O & Marko.  Judge de la O was an AV-rated trial and appellate lawyer, serving as lead counsel in more than 40 criminal and civil jury trials and 25 appeals.

Judge de la O was an active member in his community before joining the bench.  He served on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners for 10 years, including one year as Chair.  He chaired the City of Miami Civil Service Board for 8 years.  Judge de la O also served on the City of Miami Community Relations Board, Charter Review Committee, and Nominating Committee for the Civil Investigative Panel, and on the Boards of Directors for the Human Services Coalition, People with AIDS Coalition, and the Dade County Bar.