Office of General Counsel
Phone: 850 / 717-9310
The Office of General Counsel functions as the chief legal advisor to the Governor in his official capacity. The duties of the Office are diverse and include: providing counsel to the Governor regarding legal issues that arise in the day-to-day operation of the executive branch; representing the Governor in suits in which he is named in his official capacity; advising the Governor on clemency issues; functioning as the Chief Ethics Officer; assisting the Governor with judicial and other appointments; and serving as the Governor’s liaison to the general counsels of state agencies. Additionally, attorneys within the Office provide legal support to the Governor and Cabinet in their capacity as the Administration Commission and the Florida Land and Water Adjudicatory Commission. Specialized subsections within the Office also carry out specific mandates, such as educating notaries public and reviewing law enforcement and agency policies pertaining to victims’ rights.