Judge Michael Antonio Robinson was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His parents were the late Leon and Marie Robinson.  Judge Robinson graduated from Dillard High School. While at Dillard, he lettered in football and began his development into the legal profession. He was inducted into the Honor Society and was a member of the competition Debate Team.

Judge Robinson received scholarship offers from a number of colleges and universities but chose to attend the prestigious Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. He learned more at Fisk about himself and his history than he could imagine. He received his BA degree in Biology from the University of South Florida in 1977. At USF, the Judge served as a Student Senator and successfully sued the University for the right to be placed on the ballot for election to the USF Senate.  Judge Robinson then declared that he would become a lawyer and fight for the poor, downtrodden and those who otherwise would not have a voice.

Judge Robinson went on to law school graduating from North Carolina Central University School of Law (NCCU) in Durham, North Carolina. He met his lovely wife, Mary, at NCCU. After law school, he worked for the law offices of Haddad and Josephs in Miami, as an Assistant Public Defender in Broward County, as an associate with Krupnick and Campbell et. al., P.A., and as owner and managing partner of Michael A. Robinson, P.A. In 2007, he was appointed as General Magistrate for the 17th Judicial Circuit, where he served in the dependency division of Broward County’s Family Court. In August, 2010, Judge Robinson was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist to serve on the Circuit Court of the 17th Judicial Circuit. He has presided in criminal court and currently presides in civil court.

His many clients while he was in private practice included, but were not limited to, the North Broward Hospital District, Broward County School Board, the New Mount Olive Baptist Church, the Broward County Supervisor of Elections, NAACP, politicians, community leaders, persons who were wrongfully accused, lawyers and hundreds of victims of accidents and torts.

He has served the community well.  Among his many past civic and community organizational board memberships including, but not limited to:  the NAACP (Vice President, life member); YMCA; Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward, and Chairperson of Nan Knox Unit; Board Chairperson, Hospice Care of S.E. Florida; Broward County Sickle Cell Association; Jack and Jill of America; Broward County Value Adjustment Board; Chairperson, City of Plantation Board of Adjustment; United Way allocations committee; Urban League of Broward County; and he served on numerous and chaired a few committees (insurance, diversity and magnet schools and programs ) for the Broward County School Board; Trustee Board, New Mount Olive Baptist Church.  He is proud to have coached several girls’ softball teams to PAL league championships and mentored hundreds of high school and middle school students.

Judge Robinson has distinguished himself in the legal profession as well. He has served on many boards, statewide committees and has led legal organizations. He has served as President of the T.J. Reddick Bar Association, President of the Board of Directors of Legal Aid of Broward County; Board of Directors of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers; Chairman of Broward County Bar’s Law Day (Judicial Liaison); and Chairman of Florida Bar Grievance Committee 17A; and Florida Bar’s Arbitration Committee (Broward). His memberships have included the Broward County Trial Lawyers Association; Broward County Bar; the National Bar Association; National Bar Association Judicial Council; Co-Chairperson of the Latimer-Hawkins Florida Chapter, NBA Judicial Council; American Bar Association; Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Florida Bar committee on the Legal Needs of Children and the 17th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono and Mediation committees; Weston Bar Association. He is recipient of numerous awards from the legal community and community based organizations, including, but not limited to, the following: 

He was named “Rising Star” in 1992, by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and was “AV” rated by renowned Martindale and Hubbell. In 2011, he was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Black Professionals in South Florida. He was honored in 2015, by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, International, with its fatherhood role model award; in 2017, by the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency, with its judicial distinguished service award; in 2017, by the T.J. Reddick Bar Association, with its distinguished jurist and service award, in 2020 Judge Robinson was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Florida Federation of Alpha Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and in 2021 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Broward County Black Pan Hellenic Council. 

In 2022, he was honored by the Broward Bar Association, T. J. Reddick Bar Association, Haitian Bar Association and Caribbean Bar Association. In 2023, he received Florida’s Black Judges of Excellence Award from 11 Voluntary Bar Associations and Broward County Bar Association and Broward County Trial Lawyers Association’s Equal Justice for All Award. Judge Robinson is committed to the improvement of Florida’s justice system, the integrity of Florida’s judiciary and the public’s access to the courts.

The Judges Robinson (Michael and Mary) have selflessly and proudly donated time and financial resources to Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).  Judge Robinson believes that those who are blessed to have been given the opportunity to attend and/or graduate from an HBCU should be obligated to giving back to those institutions on an annual basis.  That will ensure the fiscal viability, health and institutional stability and future of all of our historically Black colleges and universities.  He is active with the Fisk University Alumni Association,  South Florida Alumni Chapter of North Carolina Central University, the Broward Chapter of Florida A & M University Alumni Association,  as an associate member and the University of South Florida Alumni Association.  Judge Robinson has mentored and assisted hundreds of high school students with the college admissions process, college financial aid, adjustment to college life and post graduate employment opportunities.  He has been invited as guest speaker at a number of colleges, churches and civic and legal organizations throughout the South.

Judge Robinson is an active and proud life member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and a proud and active member of the New Mount Olive Baptist Church. His passion is his Family, the law, motivating and mentoring young people to succeed and go to college and fishing. He is committed to collecting luggage, backpacks and briefcases for foster children and young adults who are transitioning out of the foster care system.  He and his wife have established an endowment at Fisk University.  They continually support our Colleges and Universities.  He is happily married to the Honorable Judge Mary Rudd Robinson and together they are proud parents of three daughters.