Joseph W. Jacquot

Joseph W. Jacquot

General Counsel, Governor of Florida

Joe Jacquot is General Counsel for the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis. Joe oversees all litigation and legal matters of state executive agencies from health to environment to elections. He has briefed cases on behalf of the Governor and his administration before state and federal courts and has argued before the Florida Supreme Court. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Joe has been responsible for drafting and implementing the Governor’s executive orders. Additionally, Joe conducts the process for judicial appointments by the Governor including five appointments to the Florida Supreme Court.

Previously, Joe was a litigation partner at a national law firm, leading the firm’s national State Attorneys General practice. His work consisted of complex federal and state issues including litigation and regulatory matters. Prior to that, he was a senior executive and legal counsel for a publicly traded mortgage company in Jacksonville, Florida.

From 2007-2010, Joe Jacquot served as the chief Deputy Attorney General of Florida.  He initiated the 26-state litigation on the Affordable Care Act, ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.  He also argued successfully before the U.S. Supreme Court in a Miranda rights case, Florida v. Powell.

Earlier, Joe served as the Deputy Chief Counsel for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, managing the confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito. 

Joe earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia and his law degree at the University of Florida College of Law. He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.

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