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Former Acting Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio

Jesse Panuccio is the Acting Associate Attorney General of the United States.

Prior to joining the Justice Department, Mr. Panuccio was a partner in the Miami and Washington, D.C. offices of Foley & Lardner LLP, where he focused on high-stakes litigation and appeals.


From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Panuccio served as the executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. In this role, Mr. Panuccio was the chief labor official and chief land use official for the nation’s third most populous state, and was also responsible for overseeing the state’s economic-development program.


From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Panuccio served as general counsel and deputy general counsel to Governor Rick Scott of Florida. In those roles, Mr. Panuccio represented the governor in his official capacity in litigation, advised the governor on legislation and judicial appointments, drafted executive orders, served as chief ethics officer, and helped direct and coordinate litigation and legal policy across state agencies.


Earlier in his career, Mr. Panuccio was a litigator at Cooper & Kirk in Washington, D.C., where he focused on complex commercial, statutory, and constitutional cases, including numerous cases in the United States Supreme Court.


Mr. Panuccio served as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael W. McConnell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.


Mr. Panuccio has served as an adjunct professor at Florida State University College of Law, where he taught advanced constitutional law and separation of powers.


Mr. Panuccio received his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was Supreme Court chair for the Harvard Law Review, and his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in public policy studies from Duke University.

Updated May 22, 2017