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Office of the General Counsel

Office of the General Counsel

The Office of the General Counsel (GCO) provides legal services to and represents Florida Gulf Coast University, its Board of Trustees, the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation, Inc., and the Florida Gulf Coast University Financing Corporation. We support the mission of the University by handling all legal matters generated by the activities of these entities and by initiating legal action to forestall problems and manage risks. We educate our clients regarding the legal implications of policy and operational decisions, solve legal problems, and facilitate transactions in accordance with the highest standards of integrity and ethics. The attorneys render legal advice to University Trustees, the President, officers, and administrators and represent the University in all administrative and judicial proceedings.

Common matters requiring legal advice include:  

*The GCO is not authorized to render personal legal advice to University employees or students.*
 
ATTORNEY ASSIGNMENTS
 
All matters requiring legal advice or legal action relating to University business should be referred to the Office of the General Counsel. Our attorneys have expertise in many areas of law, including those impacting higher education. We encourage you to contact us if you are considering an endeavor which may have a legal component, or if you are contemplating the creation of or modification to a regulation or policy. Early identification of legal considerations through the early involvement of the legal staff usually helps projects and endeavors proceed more efficiently.
 
The areas of practice indicated are not for general departmental or operational inquiries, but are to aid in providing legal advice in the subject areas identifitied. If you need assistant and your area of concern is not identified, please contact Todd Caraway at mcaraway@fgcu.edu or (239) 590-7466 and he will assist in directing your query to the appropriate person. Find a PDF list of assigned areas of practice HERE.
 
You may contact an attorney directly or you may contact the front office at gco@fgcu.edu or (239) 590-1101 and we will do our best to respond to your request by directing you to the appropriate attorney or staff available or will direct you to the appropriate University office or department.
 

GCO VISION

The University community working collaboratively and proactively with the Office of the General Counsel to advance the academic and societal success of its students, thus positively affecting the communities in which they live and work.

GCO MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Office of the General Counsel is to support the strategic plan of Florida Gulf Coast University by providing legal services to the University community and its direct support organizations.  Such services will be provided proactively when possible and will aid in establishing principles to facilitate the fulfillment of University-wide goals.  Legal services provided through the General Counsel’s Office include assistance with: contract review and other commercial activities, interlocal agreements, student disciplinary issues, the development of policies and regulations, and potential adversarial proceedings (judicial or administrative).