Judge Izquierdo is a native Floridian, having been born and raised in South Florida. Upon graduating from the University of Florida School of Law, Judge Izquierdo returned to South Florida to practice law. Judge Izquierdo partnered with attorney Lawrence Marin to form the Law Office of Izquierdo Marin, which represented clients in a variety of matters including personal injury, criminal defense, small business civil, immigration and employment matters. Izquierdo Marin also served as attorneys and counselors for the Consulates General of Mexico and Honduras. Judge Izquierdo also appeared regularly as the Legal Correspondent on Telemundo’s Cada Dia Con Maria Antonietta Collins. Throughout his career, Judge Izquierdo took an active role within the legal community and community at large. He was a member of the Broward County Hispanic Bar serving on its Board of Directors from 2005 to 2009, and as its President from 2007 to 2008. He also served on the Broward County Bar Association Board of Directors from 2012 to 2016. Judge Izquierdo served on a Florida Bar Grievance Committee from 2007 to 2010, and as its Chair in 2010. While practicing as an attorney, Judge Izquierdo was also appointed to, and served as a member of, the Broward County Charter Review Commission and 17th Judicial Circuit Courthouse Task Force Committee.
Judge Izquierdo has been assigned to the Unified Family/Juvenile Dependency Division since taking the bench in 2016. There, he presides over cases involving children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected, and all related divorce, delinquency, domestic violence, paternity, and adoption matters. Judge Izquierdo, in conjunction with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, has founded Florida’s first court focusing on children and families in the dependency system that fall under the jurisdiction of the Indian Child Welfare Act.
In addition to his judicial duties, Judge Izquierdo has served as faculty instructor for fellow judges for the Florida Judicial College and the Conference of Circuit Court Judges since 2018. He also serves on the Florida Supreme Court Steering Committee on Family and Children in the Courts and is the Chair of the Statewide Dependency Court Improvement Panel. Judge Izquierdo is also the 17th Judicial Circuit’s Judicial representative to the Hague Convention.
In 2022, the Florida Office of the State Court Administrator presented Judge Izquierdo with the William E. Gladstone Award. The Gladstone award is bestowed annually to the jurist in the state who has made “the greatest contributions to the courts in serving dependency children and their families.” Judge Izquierdo was also named Judge of the Year in 2022 by the Broward County Bar Association and Broward County Hispanic Bar Association.
In his spare time Judge Izquierdo enjoys coaching youth soccer and basketball.