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Tim Cerio

General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer

Tim Cerio is responsible for overseeing Citizens’ legal affairs as well as purchasing, public records and legal bill review. He also provides legal advice to the Board.

Cerio has practiced law for more than 25 years and has extensive experience serving as a general counsel to both private and governmental entities. In this capacity, he has advised chief executives and other members of senior leadership teams, managed large teams of in-house lawyers, and hired and managed outside counsel to handle sophisticated litigation.

Prior to joining Citizens in June 2021, Cerio practiced with the GrayRobinson law firm, focusing his practice on regulatory and health care law; government investigations; and administrative law, including representation of clients in quasi-judicial proceedings and complex litigation in state and federal courts. He previously served as General Counsel to Gov. Rick Scott and also served as general counsel, and later chief of staff, to the Florida Department of Health.

Cerio has served on the Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida since 2017 and was a member of the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission in 2017-18. Among other civic duties, he serves on the James Madison Institute Board of Directors and is an active member of the Florida Bar.

Cerio graduated from the University of Florida (UF) College of Law with honors in 1995 and was a member of the Florida Law Review. He also earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from UF. Cerio and his family live in Tallahassee.