Meet Michael Ahearn
Michael Ahearn was raised in Broward County and is running for judge to give back to the community he loves. With a distinct style, Michael hopes to lead with a common-sense approach, making complicated legal issues understandable and transparent to all who enter his courtroom.
“In each case, you have a party who wins and one who loses,” Michael said, “I will be the type of judge who gives it to you straight and interprets the law in a way that’s black and white. Even if you’re dissatisfied with the ruling, it is important to me that all who enter the courtroom understand how I got there, based on the applicable law and facts of the case.” Through this approach, Michael will strive to treat every case in a way that is humble and understanding, while being fair and balanced.
Michael was born in Kingston, New York and moved to Pompano Beach in 1979 with his parents, who taught him the importance of hard work and education. At age 12, Michael walked up to the Clubhouse Manager for the Texas Rangers and asked for a job. For the next three spring training seasons, Michael served as a batboy for Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers. In that job, besides his game-day duties, Michael worked with clubhouse staff to shine players’ shoes, do laundry, and transport equipment. In this job, Michael met such greats as: Pete Rose, Nolan Ryan, Don Mattingly, Dave Winfield, and Reggie Jackson to name a few.
There is nothing worse than attaining one’s dream job at the age of twelve. Now, Michael hopes that attaining a judgeship will be the last and most rewarding job of his career.
Michael graduated Cardinal Gibbons High School in 1989 and continued to work his way through college. Following high school, Michael attended Broward Community College for two years where he maintained a 4.0 average and later transferred to Fordham University, where he graduated with a degree in Political Science with a minor in Communications. After Fordham, Michael became the first in his family to go to law school and earned his Juris Doctorate from St. Thomas University. He was subsequently admitted to the Florida Bar in 1997.
While in law school, Michael was the first law clerk to former State Representative and Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors Mayor, John P. “Jack” Seiler. While working at the law firm, Michael also began his work volunteering for political campaigns, which ultimately led to him founding Michael G. Ahearn Consulting, where he has had the pleasure of helping many talented public servants win campaigns for elected office.
Michael Ahearn brings over twenty years of legal experience to the judiciary. His first job after law school was with Sheppard and Leskar, where he was a litigation associate for three years. In 2001, Michael opened and founded his own practice—Michael G. Ahearn P.A.—a general practice law firm, where he focuses on elder/guardianship cases and the representation of children with special needs. Through this work, Michael guides families through the most challenging points in their lives and enjoys making a positive impact in our community.
Later, in 2005, Michael founded his third business, Ahearn Dispute Resolution (ADR) which has presided over thousands of matters in County Court as a Florida Supreme Court Mediator and Certified Arbitrator.
Commitment to Community
When elected, Michael hopes to make a difference in both the courtroom and the community. Previously, Michael served as President of the Emerald Society on five separate occasions and served as President of the Brian Piccolo Chapter of the National Football Foundation. Both charities provide scholarship opportunities to deserving high school students in Broward County.
Michael and his wife Megan have been married for twelve years and live in Wilton Manors with their four rescue dogs.