Attorney, judicial expert, credited with reshaping the Florida Supreme Court while serving as General Counsel to the Governor of Florida.
Jason Gonzalez is a seventh generation Floridian, credited with reshaping the Florida Supreme Court. In 2008-2009 while serving as the General Counsel and chief advisor to the Governor of Florida, he oversaw the appointment of four Florida Supreme Court Justices, which marked the first time in Florida history that a Governor appointed a majority of the Court in less than a year.
Gonzalez is the great-great-grandson of Captain Manuel A. Gonzalez, who founded the City of Ft. Myers, Florida in 1866. He’s the great-grandson of Florida Pioneer and Explorer Alfonso Fernando Gonzalez, and the great-great-great-great-grandson of Evander Lee, who founded the City of Leesburg, Florida in 1857.
He practices law in the areas of trial, appellate and administrative litigation and represents clients before the Florida Legislature and all state executive branch agencies as a partner with Shutts & Bowen LLP. He has served two terms as General Counsel to the Republican Party of Florida, and a term as General Counsel to the Governor of Florida.
Additionally, he served as lead counsel for Deepwater Horizon litigation and regulatory matters. He successfully obtained orders dismissing or removing every one of the more than 70 individual and class action lawsuits filed in Florida against the Deepwater Horizon vessel’s owner.
He graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and a Juris Doctorate degree, both from the University of Florida.
The 20-Year Transformation of the Florida Judiciary: From No. 1 ‘Judicial Hellhole’ in America to the Best in the Nation
Florida’s Judicial Appointment Process
The Impact of the Florida Civil Justice System on Job Creation in the Sunshine State