Director, JU Public Policy Institute
Lecturer in Public Policy

Rick Mullaney attended the University of Florida on a George Smathers Debate Scholarship, receiving a BA in Political Science and graduating Phi Beta Kappa and first in the College of Arts and Sciences. He received his law degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 1980, serving as Executive Editor of the Law Review. After working as a business lawyer for Carlton, Fields, Ward, Emmanuel, Smith, and Cutler, then the state’s largest law firm, Mr. Mullaney was a prosecutor and was named Prosecutor of the Year for the state of Florida in 1991.  While a prosecutor, he taught business law in the MBA program at the University of North Florida.

He subsequently worked for nearly 20 years on diverse public policy issues, including economic development, municipal finance, healthcare, education, and infrastructure development as legal counsel and public policy advisor to the City of Jacksonville and former mayors Ed Austin, John Delaney and John Peyton. During this time, he served as Head of the City’s Tort Litigation Department, Chief of Staff to former Mayor John Delaney, and General Counsel to Jacksonville’s $5 billion a year consolidated government. In 2003, he received the Lawyer of the Year Award at the annual Jacksonville Bar Association Law Day Luncheon.

Mr. Mullaney currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Gateway Community Services. He is past Chairman of the St. Vincent’s Healthcare Foundation, serving on the board since 2004, and has served on the Board of Directors for the St. Vincent’s Healthcare since 2005. He is a member of Leadership Jacksonville (1988) and Leadership Florida (2001) and ran for Mayor of Jacksonville in 2011.

Mr. Mullaney became the Founding Director of the JU Public Policy Institute at Jacksonville University in 2012.


Course: PPOL 513. Law and Public Policy