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Michael McAuliffe is running for Circuit Court Judge, Group 25. Mr. McAuliffe has a compelling and diverse record of national and local accomplishment as an attorney and community leader. From his role as a federal civil rights prosecutor almost thirty years ago, his service as the state attorney for Palm Beach County, and his position as a general counsel to his recent return to private practice, Mr. McAuliffe’s professional experiences reflect his lifelong interest in serving communities and making a positive difference.
Currently, Mr. McAuliffe is a shareholder with the law firm Atherton McAuliffe & Reeder PA, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Mr. McAuliffe handles litigation matters in state and federal courts and counsels businesses and individual clients on business disputes, compliance matters and investigations.
In 2008, Mr. McAuliffe was elected by the voters in Palm Beach County as the state attorney for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit (Palm Beach County). As state attorney, Mr. McAuliffe led and managed approximately 125 attorneys across five offices and served as the chief law enforcement official in the jurisdiction. He worked closely with the public defender, chief judge, sheriff and other leaders in the criminal justice system.
From 2012 to 2016, Mr. McAuliffe served as the general counsel for one of the nation’s largest privately held companies. As general counsel, Mr. McAuliffe supervised the legal, environmental/regulatory, compliance, health & safety, government relations and communications functions at the global company.
After graduating from William & Mary Law School in 1989, Mr. McAuliffe joined the US Department of Justice through its Honors Program. At the Justice Department, Mr. McAuliffe worked as a federal civil rights prosecutor in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division. Mr. McAuliffe investigated and prosecuted criminal civil rights cases including hate crimes, law enforcement misconduct and involuntary servitude/human trafficking cases including the successful prosecution of the leader (grand dragon) of the Louisiana Ku Klux Klan and thirteen of his associates. Mr. McAuliffe served for a period in 1989-90 as a special assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, DC.
From 1994-99, Mr. McAuliffe was an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida (SDFL). Mr. McAuliffe handled an array of federal statutory crimes including bank robberies, fraud schemes, public corruption and drug offenses. From 1997-99, Mr. McAuliffe was a supervisory assistant U.S. Attorney and the chief of the Civil Rights Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
From 1999-2002, Mr. McAuliffe was a litigation partner in the national law firm Holland & Knight LLP in its West Palm Beach office. Mr. McAuliffe managed internal investigations for corporate clients and handled numerous employment law litigation cases on behalf of clients in federal trial and appellate courts.
From 2002-08, Mr. McAuliffe was in private practice as a partner in the law firm Rosenberg & McAuliffe, PL. Mr. McAuliffe handled numerous cases involving employment and labor law, commercial disputes and white-collar defense matters.
Mr. McAuliffe has taught trial advocacy to lawyers through the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and legal research and writing as an adjunct professorial lecturer in law at The George Washington University’s National Law Center. Mr. McAuliffe was a CEP Fellow and Visiting Professor of Law at the University of West Bohemia in the Czech Republic in 1993-94. During his time in the Czech Republic, Mr. McAuliffe helped establish the reform law faculty as the Czech Republic was reemerging as a democratic country after decades under communist control. Mr. McAuliffe also provided counsel to the Office of the Czech President Václav Havel while in the Czech Republic.
Mr. McAuliffe attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), graduating with honors from the Business Honors Program in 1985. Mr. McAuliffe attended law school at the College of William & Mary and received his juris doctor (JD) degree in 1989. While at William & Mary, Mr. McAuliffe, with two teammates, won the National Moot Court Championship.
Mr. McAuliffe is an accomplished alpine mountaineer having climbed and reached the summits of Aconcagua (at 22,838 ft. the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere), Denali (at 20,310 ft. the highest mountain in North America), Kilimanjaro (with his daughter and at 19,341 ft. the highest mountain in Africa) and most recently Island Peak (20,314 ft.) in the Himalaya.
Mr. McAuliffe lives in West Palm Beach, Florida, with his wife Robin Rosenberg and family. They have three children.
Circuit Court, Group 25 is anticipated to be an open seat in the upcoming election cycle, and is currently held by Judge Catherine Brunson. The election will be held on August 28, 2018.