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Gigi Rollini is an experienced litigator and Shareholder at Stearns Weaver Miller, in Tallahassee, Florida. Her practice encompasses administrative and civil litigation and appeals, and all aspects of Florida administrative law, including regulatory compliance, licensure, administrative complaints and disciplinary proceedings, government contracts, procurement and bid protests, rulemaking and rule challenges, state and local taxation, election compliance and litigation, and non-profit and trade association formation, compliance and management.

Gigi has been named one of Florida's "Top 50 Women Lawyers" by Super Lawyers magazine, an "Extraordinary Woman"​ by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL), the Panhandle's "Woman of Distinction" in Law by the Girl Scout Council, and one of Tallahassee's "25 Women to Know"​ by the Tallahassee Democrat. She has earned Martindale's highest AV-Preeminent Peer Rating in appellate, administrative and civil litigation, and is regularly recognized by Florida Super Lawyers and Florida Trend magazines in appellate and administrative law. She serves on The Florida Bar's Administrative Law Section Executive Council, and is a past chair of the Appellate Court Rules Committee's administrative and civil appeals committees.

Gigi served as president of the Tallahassee Women Lawyers, and as president of FAWL—only the fifth woman from Tallahassee to serve in that capacity since FAWL’s inception in 1951. She currently serves on the board of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), after serving many years as Florida's delegate to NAWL.

Prior to entering private practice, Gigi was senior law clerk to Judge Robert T. Benton II at Florida's First District Court of Appeal. While in law school, Gigi received a Florida Bar Foundation Public Service Fellowship to work in the Office of the State Attorney (2nd Jud. Circuit), focused on felony cases involving children and women victims. Gigi was a judicial intern for The Honorable Robert L. Hinkle at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. Prior to law school, Gigi was a legislative aide in the Florida House of Representatives.

Representative Experience

Constitutional & Election Law

  • Serves as General Counsel to the Florida Association for Constitutional Officers.
  • Represents county constitutional officers and public officials in election law and charter amendment suits.
  • Represents campaigns and candidates for public office in compliance and election-related litigation. 
  • Represents organizations and public bodies in compliance and election-related litigation. 
  • Represents amicus parties in all five of Florida's District Courts of Appeal, the Florida Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
  • Represented a sitting U.S. President in the United States Supreme Court to defend against a petition for writ of mandamus in an election-related suit.
  • Defended contested amendment to the Florida Constitution from Circuit Court to the Florida Supreme Court, helping to preserve the measure for the general election ballot.
  • Represented constitutional officer in circuit court, the Fifth District Court of Appeal, and Florida Supreme Court to strike a county charter amendment changing the method of election for county constitutional officers.
  • Represented statewide association in litigation to strike charter amendment abolishing certain public offices.

Judicial Clerkships

  • Senior Law Clerk, Honorable Robert T. Benton II, Florida's 1st District Court of Appeal
  • Judicial Intern, Honorable Robert L. Hinkle, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar
    • Administrative Law Section, Executive Council Member, 2016-2018
    • Appellate Court Rules Committee, 2012-2018
      • Administrative Law Practice Subcommittee, Chair, 2014-2015
      • Civil Practice Subcommittee, Chair & Vice-Chair, 2015-2017
    • Appellate Practice & Advocacy Section, 2003-2018
    • Administrative Law Section, 2003-2018
  • National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL)
    • Board of Directors, At-Large, 2018
    • Florida’s Delegate to NAWL, 2011-2018
    • Amicus Committee, 2012-2018
    • Midyear Meeting Chair, 2017-2018
    • Membership Committee, 2016-2018
    • Sustaining Sponsor Committee, 2017-2018
    • Path To Equity Partnership Committee, 2015-2017
  • Tallahassee Professional Women’s Exchange Network, Founder & Chair, 2009-2018
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL), President, 2010-2011
  • Tallahassee Women Lawyers (TWL), President, 2009-2010
  • First District Appellate American Inn of Court, Barrister, 2012-2015; Alumna, 2015-2018
  • Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice’s Pro Bono Awards Advisory Committee, 2010-2011
  • Adjunct Professor, Florida State University College of Law, 2008-2010
  • William H. Stafford Inn of Court, Barrister, 2007-2009
  • America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend, Board of Directors, President & Executive Board, Development Chair, Legislative Chair, 2014-2018
  • Club 25 Tallahassee Democrat’s “25 Women You Need to Know”
    • Board of Directors, 2014-2018
    • Nominating Committee Chair, 2017
  • Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle, Women of Distinction Gala, Honorary Chair, 2016; Lifetime Member
  • Senior Law Clerk, Chief Judge Robert T. Benton, II, Florida First District Court of Appeal, 2003-2007
  • Legislative Aide, Florida House of Representatives, Districts 88/89, 1998-1999

 

Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent™ Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Florida, Florida Super Lawyers, 2016-2017
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2013-2018; Rising Star 2010-2012
  • Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite, 2015-2017; Up & Comer, 2010-2011
  • Top Rated Lawyer, ALM/Daily Business Review, 2014-2018
  • “Woman of Distinction” in Law, Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle, 2015
  • Florida “Extraordinary Woman,” Florida Association for Women Lawyers, 2015
  • Top Lawyers of Florida, The Miami Herald, 2015
  • Florida’s Top 40 Litigators Under 40, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2013-2014
  • Tallahassee’s 25 Women You Need to Know, Tallahassee Democrat, 2014
  • Leader in the Law Award, Florida Association for Women Lawyers, 2012 Class
  • Lynn Futch Most Productive Young Lawyer in Florida, The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, 2010
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Mattie Belle Davis Society

Publications & Presentations

Publications, Recent News Updates: Upcoming Vote on Amendment 10 Ensures Florida's County Constitutional Officers Are Elected Locally
Tallahassee|Stearns Weaver Miller News Update |October 2018

Publications, Recent News Updates: Upcoming Vote on Amendment Two Has Significant Tax Implications for Non-Homestead Property Owners
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|August 2018

Events: Building, Managing & Leveraging Strategic Networks
NAWL Annual Meeting |July 2018

Publications: Appellate Case Notes
Administrative Law Section of The Florida Bar Newsletter|June 2018

Events: Florida Appellate & Administrative Law Update
Legal Advocacy Forum, Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities|May 2018

Events: Identifying and Managing Procurement Risks: Practical Tips and Strategies
The Knowledge Group|April 2018

Publications: Appellate Case Notes
Administrative Law Section of The Florida Bar Newsletter|March 2018

Events: Introduction of City of Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber
NAWL Midyear Meeting|March 2018

Events: Florida Appellate Update
Legal Advocacy Forum, Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities|February 2018

Events: Introduction of Michelle Suskauer, Florida Bar President-Elect
Tallahassee Women Lawyers|November 2017

Events: Florida Appellate Update
Legal Advocacy Forum, Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities|January 2017

Events: Girl Scout Women of Distinction Gala, Honorary Chair
Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle|November 2016

Events: Trends in Florida’s Appellate Fee Decisions
Pat Dore Administrative Conference|October 2016

Events: Florida Appellate Update
Legal Advocacy Forum, Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities|April 2016

Events: Florida Appellate Update
Legal Advocacy Forum, Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities|February 2015

Events: Florida Administrative Appeals & Stays
The Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section, Florida Bar Annex|July 2014

Events: Florida Appellate Update
Legal Advocacy Forum, Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities|June 2014

Events: How to Advocate within the Law: Election & Campaign Finance Considerations for Nonprofits
United Partners for Human Services 15th Annual Conference for Excellence in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, TCC Center for Workforce Development|May 2014

Events: The Art & Science of Florida Appellate Advocacy: Introduction to Florida Appeals for Insurance Claims Adjusters
March 2014

Events: The Florida Bar Appellate Court Rules Committee & Florida’s Rulemaking Process: How a Rule Becomes Law & Changes in the Pipeline
First District Appellate American Inn of Court|January 2014

Events: Introduction of Florida Bar President Gwynne Young: A Commitment to Diversity Tallahassee Women Lawyers ‘Get Involved!’ Diversity Program
Florida’s First District Court of Appeal|January 2013

Events: The Dilemma of Emergency Orders: Mock Oral Argument
Florida Bar’s Pat Dore Administrative Law Conference|November 2012

Events: Top 12 Distinctions Between the Florida and Federal Appellate Rules
First District Appellate American Inn of Court|October 2012

Events: An Affair to Remember: Emerging Issues for Appellate Practitioners in Family Law Litigation
First District Appellate American Inn of Court|March 2012

Events: Celebrating 60 Years of Florida’s Women Lawyers
Tallahassee Women Lawyers Installation Ceremony|July 2011

Events: Women in the Profession: Strength in Leadership
FAWL’s 60th Anniversary Gala, Florida Bar Annual Meeting|June 2011

Events: Presentation of the Gavel
Investiture Ceremony of Second Judicial Circuit Judge Josefina Tamayo|November 2010

Events: Impacting the Perception of Women Lawyers
Florida Association for Women Lawyers Installation Ceremony|June 2010

Events: A Tribute to Justice Rosemary Barkett
Tallahassee Women Lawyers Thirtieth Anniversary Banquet|June 2010

Events: Presentation of the Gavel
Investiture Ceremony of Second Judicial Circuit Judge Jackie L. Fulford|September 2009

Events: FAWL Rosemary Barkett Award Presentation
The Florida Bar Annual Meeting Joint Awards Luncheon|June 2009

Events: Continued Relevance of Bar Associations, Practicing with Professionalism
The Florida Bar|June 2009

Events: Continued Relevance of Bar Associations, Practicing with Professionalism
The Florida Bar|June 2008

Events: The Incivility Zone: Avoiding Ethical Traps in Florida Civil Litigation
William H. Stafford American Inn of Court|March 2008

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