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General Counsel


Deputy General Counsel

Leah Marino

Doug Ware

Office of the
General Counsel

200 East Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL

The Office of the General Counsel provides legal counsel and all manner of representation to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and to the regulatory, administrative, and support offices of the Department of Financial Services under the auspices of the CFO. Additionally, the Service of Process Section, which is the centralized depository for receiving and routing all Legal Process (summons & complaints or subpoenas), is an administrative unit within the Office of the General Counsel.

While this office can advise citizens regarding the Department's legal responsibilities and authority, it is prohibited by law from giving citizens private legal advice. Citizens seeking advice about their personal legal rights should seek counsel from a private attorney. If you do not know an attorney, you should contact The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service, at (800) 342-8011.


Informational Bulletins are issued to persons or groups with a direct interest in certain agency regulations or policies. Informational Bulletins do not set new policy; they merely advise, clarify, or provide additional or the latest information about changes and updates to agency regulations or policies.  The Office publishes Informational Bulletins which can be viewed by clicking the link on the left side of this page.



A person designated by the agency who performs various tasks such as keeping records of papers relating to requests for hearings and filing of notices of appeal of final orders issued by the agency.  Please click the link on the left side of this page for information regarding the Agency Clerk.



A final administrative decision of the agency regarding a controversy in dispute. If you would like to inspect or copy an Agency Final Order issued before 2003, please contact the Department of Financial Services' Public Records Section via email at PublicRecordsRequest@myfloridacfo.com or via telephone at 850-413-3149. This system only contains Final Orders issued from 2003 to July 1, 2015. For copies of Agency Final Orders between January 1, 2003 and June 30, 2015, click on the link at the left side of this page. To obtain copies of Final Orders issued on or after July 1, 2015, please click on the link below, which will direct you to the Division of Administrative Hearings’ website. The Division of Administrative Hearings has been statutorily designated as the official database of administrative final orders for all agencies as of July 1, 2015: https://www.doah.state.fl.us/FLAIO/.



For information on upcoming rulemaking workshops and hearings,
click Upcoming Events.
For information on past rulemaking workshops and hearings,
click Past Events Archive.



For notice information regarding other upcoming and archived events, click Other Hearings.



To view information about how to request records from the Department, please click Public Records Requests.



For information about service of a Summons and Complaint or Subpoena and hours of service effective February 1, 2016 for hand-delivery, please click Instructions.
To search for information and generate reports about documents served by the Department on insurance companies as their statutory registered agent click Reports.