Jason Vail

Jason Vail has more than 35 years’ experience representing government agencies and officials in civil rights actions in state and federal court, from trial to Supreme Court appeals. Many of these cases involved law enforcement agencies such as the Florida Department of Corrections, Department of Juvenile Justice and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in issues ranging from allegations about the use of force by individual officers to statewide class actions for conditions of confinement in the Florida prison system.

Jason has also represented the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities in cases dealing with Medicaid reimbursements for those with developmental disabilities and mental illness, as well as cases aimed at altering the scope of services provided to vulnerable populations.

In addition to these matters. Jason has been lead counsel in dozens of constitutional challenges in state and federal court.  He was one of the leading appellate lawyers for the Florida Attorney General’s Office, with more than 150 civil appeals to his credit.

Jason served as General Counsel to the Florida Senate from 2008-2010, and special counsel to the President of the Florida Senate from 2007-2008.

Following graduation with a degree in journalism, Jason worked for the Orlando Sentinel and the Daytona Beach News-Journal.  Jason writes books in his spare time, and has 11 novels currently available.

Education

  • Florida State University, College of Law – J.D., with honors, 1979
  • University of Florida – B.S., Journalism, YYYY

Admissions

  • All Florida State Courts
  • United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida

Selected Articles

  • “The Pitfalls of Replies,” Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, Winter 2000 (Vol. 2, No. 1).
  • “Oral Argument’s Big Challenge: Fielding Questions from the Court,” Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, Summer 1999 (Vol. 1, No. 2).
  • Author of Practice Tips, a monthly column aimed at improving lawyering skills appearing in the Florida Bar News, a biweekly publication for attorneys with a circulation of more than 65,000
  • Employee/Employer Rights in Florida, Self-Counsel Press (Bellingham, WA 1993).
  • “Company Liability for Employee Drinking: An Undiscovered Country,” The Florida Bar Journal, April 1993. (Cited with approval in Hoffman v. Government Employees Insurance Co., case no. 92-05185-CA-H, 2 Fla.L.Wk.Supp. 261 (18th Judicial Cir., Brevard County, April 6, 1994)).
  • Chapters “Voir Dire,” “Objections to Evidence,” and “Cross Examination” in The Florida Civil Trial Guide, Matthew Bender & Co. (New York 1990).
  • “Into the Spotlight,” Advances in Public Speaking, Reed Markham ed., Copley Publications (Acton, MA 1990) (an in-depth how-to article on speechwriting and public speaking).
  • “Supreme Court Pressures and Priorities,” The Florida Bar Journal, March 1979.