Daniel Nordby is a partner in the Tallahassee office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Appellate Practice Group. His practice focuses on high-profile, high stakes matters of law and public policy, particularly in the areas of constitutional, appellate and administrative law.

Over the course of his career, Daniel has developed extensive experience in the area of government and administrative law. He is Florida Bar Board Certified in State & Federal Government & Administrative Practice, is a Past Chair of the Florida Bar’s Administrative Law Section, and has served on the Section’s Executive Council for more than a decade. Daniel has represented clients in some of Florida’s largest competitive procurements and has served as counsel of record in a variety of administrative and judicial proceedings involving the application of constitutional and administrative law principles. He has personally presented oral argument on multiple occasions before the Florida Supreme Court, Florida’s First District Court of Appeal, and the Federal Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on high-profile matters of constitutional law. A representative list of Daniel’s reported opinions in the state and federal courts is available here.

Daniel draws on his prior service in the public sector when representing businesses, individuals and governmental clients on their most challenging legal issues. As General Counsel to then-Governor Rick Scott from 2017-2019, Daniel provided oversight and strategic direction for all major litigation involving Florida’s executive branch agencies and advised Governor Scott on the appointment of more than 100 judges to Florida’s trial and appellate courts. Daniel’s career also includes service as General Counsel to the Florida House of Representatives, General Counsel to Florida’s Secretary of State, Assistant General Counsel to the Florida Department of Education, and Staff Attorney to the Florida Legislature’s Joint Administrative Procedures Committee.

Daniel continues his public service as a gubernatorial appointee to the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission. After serving on the Commission from 2012-2018 as a direct appointee of Governor Scott, Daniel was appointed by Governor DeSantis in July 2019 to a third term. He currently serves as Chair of the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission.

Daniel is also involved with several non-profit and community groups. He is a graduate of Leadership Florida (Connect VI), a member of Florida Blue Key, a member of the American Enterprise Institute’s Leaders Network, and a member of the James Madison Institute’s Inaugural Class of Leaders Fellows. Daniel is on the Steering Committee of the Tallahassee Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies and is a Past President of both its Tallahassee Lawyers Chapter and University of Florida Student Chapter. Daniel is an Eagle Scout and attends St. Peter’s Anglican Cathedral in Tallahassee.

Daniel is a “triple-Gator” with three degrees from the University of Florida: a J.D. (with high honors), a B.S. in Microbiology and Cell Science, and a B.A. in Classical Studies. He has been recognized as a Florida Super Lawyers “Rising Star” and has been named to the roster of Florida Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine in the categories of “Government & Administrative Law,” “Best Government & Non-Profit Attorneys,” and ”Best Up & Coming Attorneys.”

Credentials

Education

  • University of Florida College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2005
  • University of Florida, B.A., Classical Studies, 2001
  • University of Florida, B.S., Microbiology & Cell Science, 2001

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Professional and Civic

  • Administrative Law Section of the Florida Bar
    • Executive Council Member (2006-Present)
    • Chair (2014-2015)
  • Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
    • Tallahassee Lawyers Chapter, Steering Committee (2006-Present); Past President (2007-2011)
  • Leadership Florida
    • Connect Florida Statewide Leadership Institute (Class VI, 2015-2016)
  • Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission (2012-2019)
  • James Madison Institute
    • Leaders Fellow (Inaugural Class, 2014-15)
  • First District Appellate American Inn of Court
    • Barrister Member (2014-2017)

News & Insights

Reported Opinions

A representative list of Daniel’s reported opinions in the state and federal courts is available here.

News & Speaking Engagements

In The News

Industry Focus

Accolades

  • Florida Bar Board Certified in State & Federal Government & Administrative Practice
  • Super Lawyers: Rising Star (2017, 2016, 2015)
  • Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite
    • Appellate Practice (2020)
    • Best Government & Non-Profit Attorneys (2018, 2014, 2013, 2012)
    • Best Government & Administrative Law Attorneys (2017, 2016, 2019)
    • Best Up & Coming Attorneys (2011, 2010, 2009)
  • Florida Bar Board Certified in State & Federal Government & Administrative Practice

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