Dave Aronberg


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Mr. Aronberg is the State Attorney for Palm Beach County, Florida and a former member of the Florida Senate. He was elected to the Senate in 2002, as its youngest member and served for eight years.  Prior to serving in the Senate, Aronberg worked as a lawyer in both the public and private sectors. He was serving as the Florida Attorney General’s “Drug Czar” in 2012 when he announced his candidacy for Palm Beach County State Attorney.  He was first elected to the office in November 2012 and re-elected without opposition on May 6, 2016.

After graduation from Harvard Law School, Mr. Aronberg worked for three years in the litigation department of the law firm, Steel Hector & Davis LLP, in Miami and West Palm Beach.  Mr Aronberg took a leave of absence from the law firm for three months in 1998 to work for U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, who at the time was serving as Florida’s Insurance Commissioner. Senator Nelson and Mr. Aronberg worked together to investigate European insurance companies that refused to honor World War II era policies sold to victims of the Holocaust and establish organization to make sure unpaid claims were expedited.  Dave worked as an Assistant Attorney General in the Economic Crimes Division of the Florida Attorney General's Office on two separate occasions; the gap between these occassions was due to his being selected by President Bill Clinton in 2000 to be a White House Fellow for a year.  As a White House Fellow, he served in two presidential administrations as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury Department for international money laundering, including the laundering of terrorist assets.

In 2001, Mr. Aronberg led an investigation into the marketing practices of Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of the prescription drug OxyContin.  When Aronberg was elected to the Florida Senate in 2002, he followed up on his investigation of Purdue Pharma by calling attention to the growing opioid crisis.  During 2007 and 2008, Aronberg pushed the Legislature to pass tough anti-gang legislation. The language in Aronberg's proposal, which was enacted into law in 2008, increased penalties for habitual offenders convicted of gang-related crimes and stiffened sanctions for witness tampering and harassment. The legislation also banned gang members from possessing bulletproof vests during the commission of a crime.  In 2010, the Florida legislature enacted legislation co-sponsored by Mr. Aronberg to regulate the pain clinic industry and to limit the dispensing of narcotics such as oxycodone.  In early 2011, based on Aronberg’s work on opiate abuse, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi reached across party lines to appoint Aronberg to be Special Prosecutor for Prescription Drug Trafficking.

In January 2012, Mr. Aronberg announced his candidacy for Palm Beach County State Attorney.  Mr. Aronberg won the office with 58% of the vote in the November 6, 2012 election and was re-elected without opposition on May 6, 2016.  As State Attorney, Mr. Aronberg leads a team of 120 prosecutors and 220 professional staff in five offices throughout Palm Beach County.

In 2016, Dave was elected as an officer of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) and subsequently re-elected in 2017.  In November 2016, Aronberg traveled to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base as a representative of the NDAA to observe the prosecution of accused Al-Qaida terrorist Abdul al Hadi al Iraqi.  In 2016, Florida Bar President Bill Schifino appointed Mr. Aronberg to the Florida Bar Board of Governors to represent government lawyers throughout the State. In 2017, Aronberg was reappointed for a second term by Florida Bar President Michael Higer.

Mr. Aronberg received national attention for his investigation of late-night television celebrity, “Miss Cleo,” and the Psychic Readers Network for deceptive marketing practices. In addition to a large settlement with the State of Florida, the company was ultimately fined $5 million by the Federal Trade Commission and forced to cancel $500 million in customer bills. Mr. Aronberg again gained national media attention during the 2016 Presidential Election when he announced he would not move forward with a battery charge against Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump's campaign manager.  Jupiter Police had charged Lewandowski with misdemeanor battery after former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields alleged that he grabbed her after a Trump press conference on March 8 at Trump International Golf Club.


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