Meet the Acting Associate Attorney General

Jesse Panuccio is the Acting Associate Attorney General of the United States, overseeing the following Department of Justice components: Antitrust Division, Civil Division, Civil Rights Division, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Tax Division, Executive Office for U.S. Trustees, Office of Justice Programs, Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Office on Violence Against Women, Community Relations Service, Office of Information Policy, Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, and the Service members and Veterans Initiative.  Mr. Panuccio also serves as the Department’s Regulatory Reform Officer and chairs the Regulatory Reform Task Force.

Prior to joining the Justice Department, Mr. Panuccio held a number of roles in both private practice and public service.  In the private sector, he had an active civil litigation and appellate practice in both Washington, D.C. and Florida.  In the public sector, 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 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.

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 served as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael W. McConnell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  Mr. Panuccio received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was Supreme Court chair for the Harvard Law Review, and his bachelor’s degree from Duke University.

Updated March 5, 2018