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Gallagher Names New General Counsel

4/11/2005

CONTACT:  Tami Torres
(850) 413-2842 
 
TALLAHASSEE—Florida's Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher announced today that Carlos Muñiz, former deputy general counsel to Governor Jeb Bush, has been tapped to serve as general counsel of the Department of Financial Services.
 
 Muñiz, who has several years of corporate law and civil and administrative litigation experience, replaces Pete Dunbar, who recently returned to his private law practice at Pennington, Moore, Wilkinson, Bell and Dunbar, P.A.  Muñiz will start tomorrow, April 12.
 
 "The citizens of Florida and the employees of this department will be well served by Carlos Muñiz's experience and intellect," Gallagher said.  "I am looking forward to having him on the team."
 
Muñiz earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, and graduated in 1997 from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.  After law school, he served as a clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Thomas A. Flannery and then for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Jose A. Cabranes.  He then joined Hogan & Hartson, a Washington, D.C., law firm. 
 
In January 2001, he was appointed Governor Bush's deputy general counsel and in June 2003 joined the Tallahassee office of GrayRobinson where his practice focused on civil and administrative litigation.  In the fall of 2004, Muñiz served as counsel to Florida Victory 2004, part of the effort to re-elect President Bush.
 
"I'm honored to join the outstanding team that Treasurer Gallagher has assembled at the Department of Financial Services," Muñiz said.  "I will do my best to live up to the high standards established by my predecessor in the general counsel position, Pete Dunbar." 
 
Dunbar will continue as Special Counsel to the CFO on storm-related matters.
 
Muñiz is married to Katie Baur Muñiz, and they have a 15-month-old son, Robert.