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Benjamin S.  (“Benji”) Waxman, joined the Firm's appellate practice as a partner in 2017.  In his 33-year career, he has handled a multitude of federal and state appeals and post-conviction remedies, as well as trial court motion practice and developing legal strategy in defending criminal cases. He has also evaluated immigration consequences of criminal convictions, and he has lectured around the state on how to vacate these convictions.  He has been certified as a Criminal Appellate Specialist by the Florida Bar since 1990. 

Certifications and Specialties

  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Appellate Practice since 1990

Prior Experience

Before joining the Firm, Mr. Waxman held a solo practice for a number of years.  Prior to his solo law practice, he was a partner for over 20 years with the former Miami criminal defense firm, Robbins, Tunkey, Ross, Amsel, Raben & Waxman, P.A.

For information on Mr. Waxman's significant cases and links to case decisions, articles and materials, please click here.

Awards and Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Appellate Practice, 1990-present
  • "Best Lawyers," U.S. News Best Lawyers - Miami: Appellate Practice, 2019
  • "Super Lawyer," Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2018
  • ”Against All Odds,” Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2016
  • C. Clyde Atkins Civil Liberties Award, Greater Miami ACLU, 2014
  • ”President’s Service Award,” FACDL Miami, 2004, 2005, 2011
  • "Best Lawyer in Miami," New Times Magazine, 1998
  • ”Public Interest Recognition Award,” University of Miami Law School, 1996

AV® Preeminent™ and BV® Distinguished™ are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Court Admissions

  • Florida, 1984
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1987


  • Director, ACLU, Miami Chapter
  • Former Director, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Miami Chapter
  • Former Director and Executive Committee Member, Florida ACLU
  • Board Member, Transition Inc. (a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing job opportunities to released prisoners)