T⁠i⁠mo⁠t⁠hy M. Cer⁠i⁠o


Tim is a lawyer practicing in Tallahassee, Florida.  Tim focuses his practice on regulatory and health care law; government investigations; administrative law, including representation of clients in regulatory, administrative and quasi-judicial proceedings; and complex litigation in state and federal courts. Tim previously served as General Counsel to Florida Governor Rick Scott. As General Counsel, Tim was the chief legal advisor to the Governor, and the Executive Office of the Governor’s legal liaison to all state agencies.

For many years Tim was a shareholder with the state-wide law firm of GrayRobinson, P.A.  Tim also served as general counsel of the Florida Department of Health. With over 16,000 employees and a $2.8 billion budget, the Florida Department of Health is responsible for regulating all licensed health care practitioners and delivering public health services throughout the state of Florida. As general counsel, Tim provided advice and counsel to the secretary and other department leaders on legal issues impacting the operation and administration of the Department of Health and managed and supervised the activities of a statewide team of over 75 lawyers under the Office of the General Counsel. Tim was later named chief of staff of the department. As chief of staff, Tim functioned as the chief operations officer for the Department of Health and served as the secretary’s primary strategic liaison with the Executive Office of the Governor and other governmental and community partners.

Tim was raised in Bradenton, Florida, and received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Florida in 1990. During his tenure at the university, Tim was appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles to serve as the student member of the Florida Board of Regents. As a regent, Tim created and chaired the State University System Minority Student Retention Task Force. Additionally, Tim received the Outstanding Male Leader award for his graduating class, was a member of the Florida Blue Key leadership honorary and was elected to the University of Florida Hall of Fame. Tim earned his juris doctor degree with honors from the University of Florida College of Law in 1995. During law school, Tim was a member of The Florida Law Review. Tim also served as a law clerk to The Honorable Thomas G. Wilson, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Florida.