Public Defender

  • Nancy Daniels
  • Public Defender
  • John Tomasino
  • Public Defender


Led by Nancy Daniels the Public Defender's office provides legal representation to indigent people charged with crimes each year. In 2011 alone our office:

  • Represented 14,534 clients
  • Appointed to 17,975 cases
  • In 1863 cases the State dropped the charges against the clients.
  • Conducted more than 540 trials and contested hearings.
In The News

02.28.14: Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte Commitment to Justice Award

The 2014 recipient of the is the Hon. Nancy Daniels. She is a graduate of Florida State University College of Law and has served as the elected public defender in the Second Judicial Circuit since 1990. Daniels has served as the president of the Florida Public Defender Association and Tallahassee Bar Association, and has also taught at the Florida State University School of Law. She recently served on the Florida Innocence Commission by appointment of the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. In the community, Daniels currently serves a the president of the Palmer-Monroe Teen Center Board of Trustees.

Throughout her career, Daniels has been a strong advocate for the cause of justice, and has represented clients at all levels of court. As a public defender, she is prohibited from being involved in any cases post conviction. All her work is done at the forefront of the trial process, preventing of reversing wrongful convictions, and seeking justice for all.