F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association


Rosalyn “Sia” Baker Barnes, Esq. 

Rosalyn “Sia” Baker Barnes is a Partner at Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A., and serves on its Executive Committee.  In her 20-year career, she has successfully pursued justice for victims in personal injury, medical negligence and product liability cases, achieving numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, including her most recent $20 million verdict against tobacco giant RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company.  She is included in US News & World Report’s “Best Lawyers In America,” is recognized as one of the top lawyers in the state by Florida Super Lawyers magazine, has been included in Florida Trend magazine’s Legal Elite, and was selected by the Daily Business Review as one of South Florida’s Inaugural “Top 20 Women in Law.”
A proud lawyer who is committed to professionalism and civility, Ms. Baker-Barnes serves on The Florida Bar Board of Governors, representing the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit.  She is also active in the Florida Bar’s Trial Lawyers Section, where she serves as a member of its Executive Council. She is a past President of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. As the 95th President, she was the first African-American female to serve in this role.
She is also an active member of the F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association and National Bar Association (NBA), and is a past recipient of the NBA’s Presidential Award and of the NBA Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40.

She is a Past President of the West Palm Beach Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  She resides in West Palm Beach with her husband, past Cunningham Bar President, Edrick E. Barnes, Esq., and their three children.

Hon. Maxine Cheesman

Judge Maxine Cheesman migrated to Florida from Jamaica, West Indies in 1979 and has served the community in many ways – as a Chemist, Manager, Environmentalist, Attorney, and Judge.  

She attended the University of the West Indies where she graduated with First Class Honors in Chemistry in 1978. She also holds a M.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Miami.  In 2004 she earned her law degree, cum laude, from Nova Southeastern University.

She is passionate about justice, pro bono and community service.  She strongy believes that “To whom much is given, much will be required” (Luke 12:48). She has been actively involved in community activities serving on city and community committes in the environmental or social justice arena. Her most treasured activity is working with the homeless community whch she has been doing since 1996.

In 2018 Judge Cheesman made history by becoming the first Jamaican born American and first Black female elected as a Circuit Judge in Palm Beach County.  

As a  judge, she reads everything ahead of hearings and appreciates attorneys who are prepared and professional.

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