Jon L. Mills
Areas of Practice
University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., with honors, 1972; Order of the Coif; Associate Editor, Florida Law Review; Phi Kappa Phi; Moot Court
Stetson University, B.A., Economics, 1965
Chief Judge Robert T. Mann, Second District Court of Appeal, Florida, 1972
United States Court of Appeals: Eleventh Circuit
United States District Court: Middle District of Florida
Jon L. Mills' main focus is on appellate litigation. He has appeared in courts throughout the United States on issues ranging from international jurisdiction, constitutionality of presidential budget cutbacks, the constitutionality of laws protecting victim's privacy, constitutionality of a Governor's gaming compact with Indians, to the constitutionality of proposed constitutional initiatives.
Mr. Mills has represented a broad range of clients and interests including: The Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers, Gannett Newspapers, The First Amendment Foundation, Florida School Superintendents Association, Florida Education Association, Floridians for Constitutional Integrity, Save Our Everglades Foundation, the Versace Family, Teresa Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Incorporated, the Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney, Collier County Clerk of Circuit Court, Circuit Judge Candidates 2006, Audubon Society, Florida School Boards Association, Bob Kerrigan Firm, the Florida House of Representatives, and fairdistrictsflorida.org in the 2008 Florida Reapportionment Initiative.
Mr. Mills is Dean Emeritus, Professor of Law, and Director of Center for Governmental Responsibility at the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law. He served as Dean of the College from 1999-2003.
As a researcher and teacher, he has been a principal investigator and directed major studies attracting over six million dollars in grants on environmental and constitutional issues including international projects in Brazil, Poland, Haiti, and Central America. In addition to teaching at the College of Law, he has taught and lectured in Constitutional Law, International Trade and Environment in Costa Rica, Brazil, the University of Warsaw and Cambridge University. As an expert on constitutional issues, he has been quoted by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, and Washington Post among others. He has appeared on CNN's "Burden of Proof," Public Television's "Lehr Report," National Public Radio, ABC, BBC and other media. He also produced and moderated an Emmy winning show on the Florida Everglades.
During his ten years in the Legislature he sponsored the Florida Growth Management Act; the Child Abuse Prevention Act and the Constitutional Amendment guaranteeing Individual Privacy against governmental intrusion. He has been listed in Florida Trend Magazine's "Legal Elite" as one of the best lawyers in Florida chosen by members of the Bar. In 2007, he was appointed to the advisory committee to the American Bar Association's World Justice Commission.
Selected Professional Awards and Associations
Fellow, American Bar Foundation Member, Advisory Committee World Justice Project, ABA (2007-) Member, American Bar Association
Privacy: The Lost Right (Oxford Univ. Press 2008)
Voting Rights and Democracy: The Law and Politics of Districting, co-author with Richard Scher and John Hotaling (Chicago, IL: Nelson-Hall Publisher, 1996)
Conflitos Jurídicos, Econômicos E Ambientais, (Economic & Environmental) Conflicts: A Case Study with Parana (Brazil) and Florida (USA), co-editor with Paulo Roberto Pereira de Souza (Editora da Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Brazil, 1995).
The Rewards of Citizenship & Perils of Identity: How the Law Defines You in the Globalized World, III:2 Warsaw U. L. Rev. 95-127, Special Edition June 2004.
Responding to Terrorism and Achieving Stabilities in the Global Financial System: Rational Policy or Crisis Reaction?, 11:4 J. of Financial Crime 380-396, Henry Stewart Publications, UK, May 2004.
Principles for Constitutions and Institutions in Promoting the Rule of Law@, 16:1 U. Fla. J. of Int'l L., 115-131, 2003.
Federalism in the 2000 Presidential Election: Florida on Trial, 13:1 Stanford L. & Policy R. 83-99, 2002.
Internet Casinos: A Sure Bet for Money Laundering, 19 The Dickinson J. of Int'l L., 77-116, 2000.
Resolving Property Claims in Post Socialist Cuba, 27 Georgetown J. of L. and Policy in Int'l Business 1:137-191, 1995.
Budget Reform and Impoundment Control, Co-author. 27 Vand. L. Rev. 615, 1974.
Member, Florida House of Representatives 1978-1988 Speaker, Florida House of Representatives 1986-1988 Most Valuable Member Florida House Florida Constitution Revision Commission 1996 -1998 Most Valuable Member Constitution Revision Commission