Richard A. Mullaney, Esquire

Director, JU Public Policy Institute


Work: 904-256-7342
Cell: 904-955-1857


  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law; Juris Doctor, 1980
  • University of Florida; B.A. Political Science, 1977

    Undergraduate Honors and Activities

    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Phi Kappa Phi
    • Omicron Delta Kappa
    • Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science Honor Society (President)
    • Graduated First in College of Arts and Sciences
    • Debate Team
             George Smathers Debate Scholarship
             University of Florida Outstanding Scholar-Debater Award
    • Southwestern Company, sold books door to door in North Carolina and West Virginia
             Top Salesman Award (first year); Top Sales Manager Award (second year)
    • Outstanding Graduating Senior from College of Arts and Sciences
    • Graduated with High Honors

    Law School Honors and Activities

    • Law Review
          Executive Editor
    • Moot Court Team
          Best Oralist Award
          Outstanding Team Member Award
    • Studied International Trade Law at Cambridge University (Cambridge, England) and Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw, Poland) (summer study program)
    • Graduated with Honors

Professional Experience

  • Jacksonville University
        Founding Director, JU Public Policy Institute, 2012 to present
  • Candidate for Mayor of City of Jacksonville, 2010-2011
  • General Counsel's Office, City of Jacksonville
        General Counsel, 1997-2010
        40 lawyer office; diverse civil practice
        Represented Jacksonville's $5 billion-a-year consolidated government
  • Mayor's Office, City of Jacksonville
        Chief of Staff to former Mayor John Delaney, 1996-1997
  • General Counsel's Office, City of Jacksonville, 1991-1996
        Chief, Tort Litigation Section
        Legal Counsel and Advisor to Austin Administration
  • State Attorneys Office, Fourth Judicial Circuit, Jacksonville, Florida
        Prosecutor, 1982-1991
        Director of Circuit Court and Homicide Unit
  • Carlton, Fields, Ward, Emmanuel, Smith & Cutler, P.A., Tampa, Florida
        Business Attorney, 1980-1982 

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Lawyer of the Year, City of Jacksonville (2003)
        Annual Award at Jacksonville Bar Association Law Day Luncheon
  • Prosecutor of the Year, State of Florida (1991)
        The Gene Berry Memorial Award
  • Good Government Award, City of Jacksonville (2004)
        Rotary Club of South Jacksonville
  • Florida Legal Elite, Top Government Attorney, Florida Trend Magazine (2009)
  • IT Florida Award, Innovation in Technology (2003)
        Chairman, Telecommunications Master Plan Task Force, JAXMAN project
  • Distinguished Faculty Award (1997), Lecturer of Merit (1991)
        National College of District Attorneys (Houston, Texas)

Teaching, Consulting and Community Presentations

  •  National lectures; presentations in more than 20 states
        Topics include city-county consolidation, limiting municipal tort liability,
        trial tactics and procedures, prosecuting homicide cases, opening and closing argument   
  • Adjunct Professor, University of North Florida
        Business Law, UNF MBA Program (1983 - 1985); Criminal Procedure (1990)
  • Consultant on Consolidation of City and County Governments; Local Government
  • Municipal Law Clinic, General Counsel's Office (1998-2010)
        Founded Clinic Program in 1998; more than 300 student interns
  • Community Presentations on the Economy, Education, Technology, and Government

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Gateway Community Services, Board of Directors (2009-present)
           Chairman, Board of Directors (2013-present)
  • St. Vincent's HealthCare Foundation, Board of Directors (2004-present)
           Chairman, Board of Directors (2009-2011)
  • St. Vincent's HealthCare System, Board of Directors (2005-present)
           Chairman, Strategic Directions Committee (2006-2007)
           Finance and Strategy Committee (2011-present)
  • Timucuan Trails Parks Foundation, Board of Directors (2003-2011)
  • ALS Regional Council (2008-present)
  • Chester Bedell Inn of Court (Barrister 1986-1989; Master 1998-2008)
  • Telecommunications Master Plan Task Force, Chairman (2002-2003)
  • City Council Special Committee on Telecommunications & Technology, Special Counsel 
  • Computer and Technology Section, Jacksonville Bar Association, Chairman (2000-2002)
  • Legal Studies Institute, University of North Florida, Chairman (1992-1998)
  • JCCI Study on Public Education, Speaker and Participant (2002-2003)
  • JCCI Study on Higher Education, Management Team and Participant (2003 - 2004)
  • University of North Florida Continuing Education Advisory Council (1992-2000)
  • Jacksonville Bar Association, Board of Governors (YLS) (1990-1992)
  • Leadership Florida (2001)
  • Leadership Jacksonville (1988) 


Married with three children