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Ronald Larry Baum was born in Baltimore, Md. in 1956 and earned his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from the University of Maryland.  While attending college he was a regular member of the Dean’s List for academic achievement.  He also participated in intramural sports and earned medals in swimming, diving, wrestling, and softball.  Toward the end of his collegiate career he got his first job as a private investigator working in the Md., D.C., and Va. area.


Ronald Baum went to law school at Nova University in Fort Lauderdale, Fl.  While earning his law degree he excelled academically and earned three Book Awards (given out by the professor to the student who excelled highest in the class).  While attending law school Mr. Baum also obtained his private pilot’s license and, in addition, was employed as a private investigator part-time.


After graduating from law school Mr. Baum was admitted to practice law in Florida, Maryland,  Washington D.C., and is a member of the Federal Bar.


As a criminal attorney Mr. Baum has had extensive trial experience and earned 5 consecutive Hat Trick Awards from the BACDL (each separate award represented 3 consecutive felony jury trials with the Defendant being found not guilty on all counts in each case).


In 1990 Ronald Baum was appointed as a Traffic Magistrate for Broward County and was soon thereafter elevated to Administrative Magistrate.  He retained that position until he resigned in 1998.


Mr. Baum was appointed to the Wilton Manors Civil Board in 1988 and has served as Chairperson ever since.  He has also served on the Board of Directors of Meal on Wheels and volunteered with other charitable organizations.  He presently donates approximately 75-100 hours of pro bono (free) legal work a year.


Mr. Baum has also been appointed as a Gaurdian Ad Litem in and for Broward County, State of Florida.


Mr. Baum has worked with various police agencies on the technical aspects of criminal and traffic law.  He has also continued to help train new Magistrates in Broward County each time they have been appointed.


In 2000, Ronald Baum was honored to be a guest lecturer at The Russian Judicial Academy in Moscow, Russia.  He has lectured on various aspects of the American Criminal Justice System to Russian Judges and law students.  Mr. Baum has been invited back, and lectured, each year since then.


Also in 2000, Ronald Baum returned to his passion of training in mixed martial arts (muay thai, kenpo, kickboxing, and karate).  He subsequently was awarded his black belt in April 2005 and continues to train on a regular basis.


Legal Leaders has choosen Ronald Larry Baum as one of "South Florida's Top Rated Lawyers" 4 years in a row.


Ronald Baum has earned an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell National Law Directory.  This is the highest rating awarded for legal ability and ethical standards.




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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    33 years, 8.5 thousand cases



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Contact info

Law Office of Ron L. Baum, P.A.

432 N.E. 3 Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301


FLMember in Good Standing198206/17/2016
DCInactive 198712/27/2011
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
South Florida's Top Rated LawyersLegal Leaders2015
South Florida's Top Rated LawyersLegal Leaders2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
South Florida's Top Rated LawyersLegal Leaders2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
South Florida's Top Rated LawyersLegal Leaders2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
South Florida Top Rated LawyersLegal Leaders2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Hat Trick AwardBroward County Bar Association2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Hat Trick AwardBroward County Bar Association1997
Hat Trick AwardBroward County Criminal Defense Attorneys Association1986
3 Book AwardsNova University School of Law1981
ExcellenceAmerican Jurisprudence Award1980
Deans ListUniversity of Maryland1978
5 Consecutive Hat Trick Awards (15 straight)Broward Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Ron L. Baum, P.A.1986 - Present
MagistrateBroward County Traffic Magistrate1990 - 1998
PartnerLaw Office of Baum and Dawson1982 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
Wilton Manors-Civil Service BoardChairman1998 - Present
The Florida BarMember1982 - Present
Broward County Traffic MagistrateAdministrative Traffic Magistrate1990 - 1998
The American Bar AssociationMember1982 - 2000
The Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember1982 - 1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
University of Maryland, College ParkCriminal Justice and CriminologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Odessa Law AcademyAmerican Judicial System2015
National University of OdessaAmerican Criminal Procedure2014
International University of UkraineJury Trials and Evidence2014
Russian Academy of JusticeAmerican Judicial System2006
Russian Academy of JusticeJury System in American2005
Russian Academy of JusticeAmerican Criminal Justice System2004
Russian Academy of JusticeRussian vs. American Criminal Justice System2003
Russian Academy of JusticeCriminal Trials in America2002
Russian Academy of JusticeCriminal Trials in America2001
Broward County Traffic Magistrate ProgramJudicial Demeanor as a Magistrate2001
Broward County Traffic Magistrate ProgramLegal Aspects of Being A Traffic Magistrate2001
Russian Academy of JusticeAmerican Judicial System2000