Office of the General Counsel

Stuart F. Williams
General Counsel

2727 Mahan Drive, Mail Stop #3
Tallahassee, FL 32308
(850) 412-3630

The General Counsel manages the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), is a member of the Agency’s Management Team, and advises the Secretary and the Agency Management Team on legal issues relating to the Agency. The General Counsel supervises all OGC Section Chiefs.

OGC provides legal advice and representation for the Agency on all legal matters, including: licensure and regulation of health care facilities; regulation of managed care plans; administration of the Medicaid State plan; recovery of Medicaid overpayments due to abuse or third party liability; and, civil litigation related to various Agency programs. The Agency Clerk’s Office and Public Records Office are also managed by the OGC.

Contact Information:

Tammy Raley
Assistant to the General Counsel
(850) 412-3678
Tammy.Raley@ahca.myflorida.com

William H. Roberts
Deputy General Counsel
(850) 412-3664
William.Roberts@ahca.myflorida.com

Mary Clemmons
Office Manager and Assistant to Deputy General Counsel
(850) 412-3673
Mary.Clemmons@ahca.myflorida.com

The Agency Clerk's Office

The Agency Clerk’s Office (ACO): receives all requests for hearing and other documents filed with the Agency; reviews all requests for hearing and grants or denies such requests based on their timeliness and legal sufficiency; rules on various motions and requests filed with the Agency; processes and mails all Final Orders issued by the Agency; prepares the record indices and records for every Agency case that is appealed; and oversees the Agency’s Public Records Unit. The Agency Clerk is responsible for implementing the provisions of Chapters 119 and 120, Florida Statutes, and Chapter 28, Florida Administrative Code.

E-Filing with AHCA's Agency Clerk is now available

RICHARD J. SHOOP, AGENCY CLERK

Assistant: Melanie Dyals
(850) 412-3689; Melanie.Dyals@ahca.myflorida.com

Appellate Section

The Appellate Section is responsible for handling and/or monitoring all Agency appeals cases filed in the Florida District Courts of Appeal, Florida Supreme Court, and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The Appellate Section is also responsible for advising Agency clients and attorneys in the OGC on issues related to appeals.

TRACY C. GEORGE, CHIEF APPELLATE COUNSEL

Assistant: Catherine Belmont
(850) 412-3632; Catherine.Belmont@ahca.myflorida.com

Facilities Section

The Facilities Section provides legal representation to the Agency’s six HQA Bureaus: Health Facility Regulation, Managed Care, Field Operations, Central Services, Plans and Construction and the Florida Center for Health Information and Policy Analysis. Their representation consists of appearing on behalf of the Agency on licensure and regulation matters, Certificate of Need actions, administrative rule actions, and bankruptcy actions. In addition, the Facilities attorneys prepare bill analysis, draft responses to petitions for declaratory statements, waivers and variances, respond to public records requests, provide representation to Agency employees at depositions, and provide other advice and counsel on HQA legal matters.

THOMAS M. HOELER, CHIEF FACILITIES COUNSEL

Assistant: Mary Gay Templeton
(850) 412-3675; Mary.Templeton@ahca.myflorida.com

Litigation Section

The Litigation Section represents and defends the Agency throughout Florida in federal district court and state circuit court. Representation includes such matters as putative class actions; federal constitutional claims (spending clause and equal rights); alleged violations of the federal Medicaid Act; alleged violations of Florida’s Medicaid Act; and others.

LESLEI G. STREET, CHIEF LITIGATION COUNSEL

Assistant: Lesley Smith
(850) 412-3672; Lesley.Smith@ahca.myflorida.com

Medicaid Managed Care Section

The Medicaid Managed Care (MMC) Section provides legal counsel to the Medicaid Division heads and Bureau Chiefs and their staff in all legal matters relating to managed care including: procurements related to managed care, contract management, compliance with federal law, federal waivers, state plan amendments, and legislative bill analysis.

KIM A. KELLUM, CHIEF MEDICAID COUNSEL (MMC Policy and Program Integrity)

Assistant: Charlene Thompson
(850) 412-3676; Charlene.Thompson@ahca.myflorida.com

WILLIAM M. BLOCKER, CHIEF MEDICAID COUNSEL (MMC Finance and Health Systems)

(850) 412-3634; William.Blocker@ahca.myflorida.com

Medicaid Fee-For-Service Section

The Fee-For-Service (FFS) Medicaid Section provides legal representation to the Agency’s FFS Medicaid programs. FFS Attorney’s represent the Agency in administrative proceedings relating to FFS Medicaid Program Integrity (MPI), FFS Fair Hearings, and FFS Medicaid Program Analysis (MPA) matters. In addition, the FFS attorneys prepare bill analysis, draft responses to petitions for declaratory statements, waivers and variances, respond to public records requests, provide representation to Agency employees at depositions, and provide other advice and counsel on FFS legal matters, including federal administrative appeals.

SHENA L. GRANTHAM, CHIEF MEDICAID FFS COUNSEL

Assistant: Shannon Holley
(850) 412-3653; Shannon.Holley@ahca.myflorida.com

Administrative Rules Coordination

The Rules Coordinator provides legal guidance and recommendations to the Agency’s divisions regarding the rulemaking process. The Agency’s rulemaking activities are reviewed and tracked to ensure compliance with the relevant statutes and rules.

SHARON JONES, RULES COORDINATOR

Assistant: Charlene Thompson
(850) 412-3676; Charlene.Thompson@ahca.myflorida.com

For Additional Office Contact information please visit the OGC Contact page.