Judge Simone Marstiller
Judge Marstiller was
appointed to the First District Court of Appeal in 2010 by Governor Charlie
Crist. Her varied legal career, which began in 1996, has been exclusively in
service to the State of Florida.
She spent her first five years as a lawyer in the appellate
arena, serving initially as a judicial law clerk in the Fifth District Court of
Appeal and then as appellate counsel for the Agency for Health Care
Administration (AHCA). As Senior Appellate Attorney and Chief Appellate Counsel
for AHCA, she represented the agency in the district courts of appeal defending
disciplinary action taken against the licenses of health care practitioners. Her
appellate cases also included issues relating to rule challenges, Medicaid
provider contracts and reimbursements, and other agency decisions.
In 2001, Judge Marstiller became Assistant General Counsel to the
Governor of Florida. In that position, she assisted the General Counsel in
overseeing the legal operations of the Governor's agencies and advising the
Governor on a wide variety of legal and policy issues. Her work included
managing trial and appellate litigation initiated and defended by executive
agencies in both state and federal court, and providing guidance to agencies on
substantive legal matters.
Judge Marstiller was selected in 2002 to serve as General Counsel
for the Department of Management Services (DMS), the administrative agency for
state government. There, she managed all legal affairs for the agency, including
matters related to government procurement, outsourcing, state facility
management, and collective bargaining. While serving in this capacity, the
Governor appointed her Interim Secretary of the agency.
From DMS, Judge Marstiller returned to the Governor’s Office in
2003 to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor. In 2004, the Governor
appointed her State Chief Information Officer to head state government’s central
technology planning and policy organization, and in 2005 she became Secretary of
the Department Business and Professional Regulation, the state’s largest
In 2007, Attorney General Bill McCollum appointed Judge
Marstiller Associate Deputy Attorney General for the State of Florida. In
addition to serving on the executive management team for the Office of the
Attorney General, she was the agency's General Counsel and was responsible for
overseeing four agency divisions, including the Civil Rights and Opinions
When appointed to the appellate court in 2010, Judge Marstiller
was serving as Executive Director for the Florida Elections Commission. There
she oversaw the investigation and prosecution of complaints filed with the
Commission and was the chief administrative officer for the agency.
Judge Marstiller was born in Monrovia, Liberia, and grew up in St. Petersburg,
Florida. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Stetson
University in DeLand, Florida, and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from
Stetson College of Law in Gulfport, Florida.