Personnel note: Simone Marstiller appointed to Judicial Management Council

Marstiller, S.

Simone Marstiller, a retired appellate judge, has been appointed to the Florida Supreme Court’s Judicial Management Council.

Marstiller now is with the Gunster law firm’s appellate and government affairs teams, based in the Tallahassee and Tampa offices.

The council “serves as high-level management consultants to the Supreme Court and (is) responsible for assisting the chief justice in proactively identifying trends, potential crisis situations, and the means to address them,” a press release said.

Marstiller, appointed by new Chief Justice Charles Canady, will serve a four-year term ending June 2022.

“Florida citizens and businesses deserve a fair, accessible, well-functioning court system, and I’m eager to use my experience as a judge and lawyer to help achieve that goal,” she said in a statement.

The Liberian-born lawyer had been in private law practice after serving 2010-15 as a judge of the 1st District Court of Appeal, based in Tallahassee.

Her long resume includes being Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, interim Secretary of the Department of Management Services, Deputy Chief of Staff, and state Chief Information Officer under Gov. Jeb Bush. 

She also was Associate Deputy Attorney General under Attorney General Bill McCollum and Executive Director for the Florida Elections Commission.

Marstiller is an adjunct professor at Florida State University’s College of Law and at Stetson University’s law school. She also got her undergraduate degree in business administration and her law degree from Stetson.

Jim Rosica

Jim Rosica is the Tallahassee-based Senior Editor for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at [email protected].


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