BiographyFormer police officer, attorney and Florida Circuit Court Judge Alex E. Ferrer hosts “Judge Alex,” the highly rated court room strip, now in its fourth season, from Twentieth Television. Judge Alex is the only television judge with extensive police, legal and judicial experience, presiding over a wide array of cases, resolving complicated issues with his straight forward approach and cogent rulings.
In October 2008, Judge Alex was voted the most trustworthy face in daytime television according to Syndicated Network Television Association’s analysis of E-Poll Market Research E-Score Data. Additionally he was featured in People Magazine’s “Sexy” issue in December 2008.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Judge Alex and his family escaped from Fidel Castro’s Communist regime to America when he was one years old. Growing up in Miami with a passionate interest in law enforcement, at 19 he joined the Coral Gables Police Department, making him one of the youngest officers in the state. While on the police force, he served as a patrolman, detective and an undercover officer. He was also trained by the Miami Police SWAT School, reputed to be the second best SWAT school in the country. Intent on building a career in the legal profession, Judge Alex performed his duties as a police officer while attending both college and law school on a full-time basis.
Judge Alex received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Miami School of Law, where he became a published member of its Law Review. He eventually became a Judicial Director of the university’s Alumni Association. Upon receiving his degree, Judge Alex practiced law in Miami, focusing on civil litigation, including hundreds of suits involving medical malpractice, wrongful deaths, personal injuries and commercial business disputes. After becoming an attorney, and to further embolden his commitment to law and order, Judge Alex served as a volunteer reserve police officer in the Miami suburb of Homestead. But the experience of law enforcement and legal representation were only stepping stones in his dream of reaching for higher aspirations in the U.S.
In 1995, at the age of 34, he was elected judge, making him the youngest Circuit Court Judge in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, where he was a Family and Criminal division judge for ten years. Throughout his high-profile tenure on the bench, he handled thousands of cases, ranging from first degree murders involving the death penalty, drug related offenses, RICO conspiracy indictments, kidnappings and armed robberies to child custody and support issues, general financial matters, adoptions and paternity suits. Judge Alex also presided as an appellate judge over appeals from the Miami-Dade County Court, County Commission and numerous other governmental bodies. In 1999, his peers elected him as their District Representative to the Executive Committee of the Conference of Circuit Court Judges, a role he held until 2001; and he served on the Conference’s Legislative Subcommittee from 2003 to 2005.
In his last assignment before launching into a career in television, Judge Alex served as the Associate Administrative Judge of the Criminal Division of Florida’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit, which services Miami-Dade County, the largest trial court in the state and fourth largest in the United States. In 2004, Judge Alex was the only candidate unanimously recommended by the Judicial Nominating Commission to Governor Jeb Bush as a finalist for a vacant seat in Florida’s high-profile Third District Court of Appeal. He respectfully withdrew his name from consideration in order to pursue his current career.
Judge Alex is a member of the Florida and District of Columbia Bars, and has served as an adjunct professor at Florida International University, teaching graduate courses in criminal law and procedure. From 1997 to the present, he has continued to teach other judges at various judicial conferences held throughout the year, as well as at Florida’s New Judges College and College of Advanced Judicial Studies. Judge Alex has authored a “bench book” on closing arguments that is used by judges throughout Florida and is regularly interviewed by media to provide expert opinions on numerous legal issues.
Judge Alex resides in Miami with his wife and their two children. A licensed pilot, his interests also include scuba diving, sculpting, music and running marathons.
“Judge Alex” is exclusively distributed throughout the U.S. by Twentieth Television and executive produced by Kathy Sapp, Burt Wheeler and Sharon Sussman.