Joe Jacquot

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Joseph W. “Joe” Jacquot was the Deputy Attorney General of the State of Florida from 2007–11. He successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court in the landmark Miranda warning case Florida v. Powell.[1]

Joe Jacquot is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. He represents clients in complex federal and state legal and policy matters, and counsels companies in financial services regulatory matters and in any matter involving state Attorneys General.[2]

Jacquot is also a Commissioner on the Jacksonville Ethics Commission.[3]

Early Life and Family[edit]

Joe Jacquot was born in Jacksonville, Florida. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in Political and Social Thought and graduated from the University of Florida College of Law with Honors. Jacquot worked for U.S. Senator Connie Mack prior to attending law school, and then returned to Capitol Hill as an attorney (see below). Jacquot served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve.[4]

He is married to Shannon Jacquot, and they have three children.

Legal Career and Public Service[edit]

Following law school, Joe Jacquot served as Counsel to Congressman Bill McCollum and helped enact the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act. Jacquot then served as Counsel to U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and was responsible for enacting of the Amber Alert Act.

From 2003-2004, he was the Chief Counsel for the U.S. Senate Judiciary's Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, working for Chairman Saxby Chambliss. In that role, he drafted and helped enact the L Visa and H1B Visa Reform Act.

From 2005-2006, he was the Deputy Chief Counsel for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee overseeing a variety of constitutional and legislative issues. He also helped manage the Supreme Court confirmation proceedings of Chief Justice John Roberts and of Justice Samuel Alito.[5]

Joe Jacquot authored an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal on immigration reform.[6] He also co-authored an opinion piece in the Washington Post on the Arizona immigration law.[7] Jacquot has written several opinion pieces in the Jacksonville Times Union on constitutional concerns regarding Congress' powers.[8]

Previously, he was Senior Vice-President and corporate counsel at a Fotune 1000 company, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. He was also an adjunct professor for five years at Florida State University College of Law teaching "Congress and the Constitution."[9]

Deputy Attorney General[edit]

In January 2007, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum appointed Joe Jacquot to be the Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Staff.[10] He also served under Attorney General Pam Bondi. Jacquot was the one of the "architects" and the lead strategic lawyer for Florida v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the lawsuit where 26 states challenged the constitutionality of the federal health care act.[11][12] In July 2010, he testified on the lawsuit to the U.S. House Republican Conference Health Solutions Committee.[13]

On December 7, 2009, Joe Jacquot argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Florida v. Powell[14][15][16] In a 7-2 decision in favor of the State of Florida, the Court held that the Miranda warning given to the defendant was adequate.[17]

Jacquot also chaired the Florida's Sunshine Technology Team to explore the further application of public records law to evolving technology in state agencies.[18] He also initiated the Attorney General's support and amicus brief for the media position in the public records case, AP v. NCAA.[19] On the Jacksonville Ethics Commission, he pursued open government policies for new technologies used by city officials.[20]


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  20. ^ Jacksonville Times-Union editorial