Judge Rodolfo Sorondo, Jr. was appointed in January 1997 by Governor Lawton Chiles to the Third District Court of Appeal. In 1975, Judge Sorondo received his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami. In 1978, he received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois. Judge Sorondo's legal career began at the Dade County State Attorney's Office, where he served as an Assistant State Attorney from 1978 to 1980. He was in private practice until 1992, when Governor Chiles appointed him to the circuit bench where he remained until his appointment to the Third District.
Judge Sorondo is a member of the Florida Bar, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and United States Supreme Court, Cuban American Bar Association, Dade County Bar Association and Eugene P. Spellman American Inn of Court. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Law, a Faculty Member of the Florida College for Advanced Judicial Studies, a member of the Education Committee of the Florida Appellate Judges Conference and an instructor at the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges and the Florida Conference of County Judges.
Judge Sorondo has served as an instructor at the National College of District Attorneys and was on the Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions from 1995 to 1996.
Judge Sorondo retired from the Court on September 30, 2002 and returned to the practice of law.
Judge Sorondo was born in Havana, Cuba. He is married and has two children.