Former state agency head and appellate court judge Simone Marstiller focuses her practice on government affairs and appellate litigation and consulting.

Simone served as a high-level government leader and decision maker in Florida, having worked as secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Department of Management Services, as well as state chief information officer overseeing information technology purchasing and implementation statewide, among other positions. With nearly a decade of government experience and drawing upon her experience in procurement, licensing, IT and administrative procedures, Simone strives to help clients seeking to do business with the state or obtain license approvals to navigate the substantive, legal and process issues involved.

For six years, Simone also served on Florida's First District Court of Appeal, where she brought to bear her administrative and appellate litigation background. Having been involved in appeals on both sides of the bench, Simone is dedicated to taking a multi-dimensional approach to cases, and is committed to providing high-quality, effective written and oral advocacy for her clients. As a former judge herself, Simone tries to understand how judges think and what their analytical approach to cases might likely be, while pursuing to formulate strategies and arguments for litigation and consulting clients.

Simone is committed to providing critical insight into government and court decision making, drawing on a unique combination of executive branch and judicial experience, and offering a solid understanding of what is needed for effective, successful advocacy in both realms.

  • Wright v. City of Miami Gardens, 200 So. 3d 765 (Fla. 2016)
  • Executive director, State of Florida Elections Commission, 2009-2010
  • Associate Deputy Attorney General, State of Florida, 2007-2008
  • Assistant General Counsel to the Governor of Florida, 2001-2002. Represented the Governor as counsel for Amicus Curiae in:
    • Smith v. Coalition to Reduce Class Size, 827 So. 2d 959 (Fla. 2002)
    • Advisory Op. to the Att’y Gen. re Right to Treatment & Rehab. for Non-violent Drug Offenses, 818 So. 2d 491 (Fla. 2002)
    • Campus Communications, Inc. v. Earnhardt, 821 So. 2d 388 (Fla. 5th DCA 2002)
  • Chief Appellate Counsel, State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, 1999-2001
  • Stetson University College of Law, Distinguished Alumna, 2010
  • Government Technology Magazine, “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers,” 2004
  • ABA Regional Appellate Practice Seminar, “Preparing for an Oral Argument by Using a Mock Oral Argument Session,” panelist, 2017
  • Stetson University College of Law, Black Law Students Association Alumni Banquet, keynote speaker, 2017
  • “Ethical Considerations for a Quasi-Judicial Board,” City of Tallahassee Independent Ethics Board, presenter, 2016
  • “#SocialMedia101: Suggested DOs and DON’Ts for Smart Social Networking Judges,” Counterbalance, National Association of Women Judges, 2015
  • “An Ounce of Prevention: Knowing the Causes and Signs of Judicial Distress, and Getting Help Before Impairment Leads to an Ethics Complaint,” Counterbalance, National Association of Women Judges, 2015
  • Florida Bar
    • Judicial nominating procedures committee, 2016-present
    • CLE and constitutional judiciary committees, 2011-16
  • Florida College for Advanced Judicial Studies and New Appellate Judges program, instructor, 2015
  • National Association of Women Judges, 2014-16
  • District Courts of Appeal
    • Performance and Accountability Commission, 2015
    • Budget Commission, vice chair, 2011-13
    • Resource Allocation Working Group, chair, 2015
  • Stetson University College of Law, adjunct professor, “Florida Administrative Law,” 2017
  • Florida State University College of Law, adjunct professor, “Writing for the Courts,” 2014-15
  • First District Appellate Inn of Court, executive board, 2011
  • FSU Project for Accountable Justice, executive committee, 2016-present
  • Stetson University College of Law, board of overseers, 2016-present
  • Center for Advanced Leadership Skills program, Council of State Governments Southern Regional Conference, graduate, 2014
  • Leadership Florida, graduate, Class XXI, 2003

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