Director, JU Public Policy Institute
Lecturer in Public Policy
Rick Mullaney attended the University of Florida on a George
Smathers Debate Scholarship, receiving a BA in Political Science and graduating
Phi Beta Kappa and first in the College of Arts and Sciences. He received his
law degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 1980, serving as
Executive Editor of the Law Review. After working as a business lawyer for
Carlton, Fields, Ward, Emmanuel, Smith, and Cutler, then the state’s largest law
firm, Mr. Mullaney was a prosecutor and was named Prosecutor of the Year for
the state of Florida in 1991. While a
prosecutor, he taught business law in the MBA program at the University of
He subsequently worked for nearly 20 years on diverse public
policy issues, including economic development, municipal finance, healthcare,
education, and infrastructure development as legal counsel and public policy
advisor to the City of Jacksonville and former mayors Ed Austin, John Delaney
and John Peyton. During this time, he served as Head of the City’s Tort
Litigation Department, Chief of Staff to former Mayor John Delaney, and General
Counsel to Jacksonville’s $5 billion a year consolidated government. In 2003,
he received the Lawyer of the Year Award at the annual Jacksonville Bar
Association Law Day Luncheon.
Mr. Mullaney currently serves as Chairman of the Board of
Directors for Gateway Community Services. He is past Chairman of the St.
Vincent’s Healthcare Foundation, serving on the board since 2004, and has
served on the Board of Directors for the St. Vincent’s Healthcare since 2005. He
is a member of Leadership Jacksonville (1988) and Leadership Florida (2001) and
ran for Mayor of Jacksonville in 2011.
Mr. Mullaney became the Founding Director of the JU Public
Policy Institute at Jacksonville University in 2012.
Course: PPOL 513. Law and Public Policy