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Personnel note: George Levesque joins GrayRobinson

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George T. Levesque (Large)George T. Levesque, formerly the top lawyer to the Florida Senate, is joining the GrayRobinson law firm’s Tallahassee office.

Levesque will be “of counsel,” meaning he will work on a case-to-case basis and not as an associate or partner. The firm announced the hire Tuesday.

“We are excited to add George to our capital city office,” said Mayanne Downs, the firm’s president and managing director, in a statement. “His relationships and experience in Tallahassee are unmatched.”

Levesque began his career in a law firm practicing civil litigation defense, before serving as special counsel and policy adviser to the Florida House Speaker.

He represented that chamber in the Seminole gaming compact negotiations.

Levesque also has served as the Florida House’s general counsel, before becoming general counsel to the Florida Senate, where he was involved in redistricting and litigation over it.

Last year, he was on a list of finalists for an open seat on the 1st District Court of Appeal. The position eventually went to Thomas “Bo” Winokur, Gov. Rick Scott‘s assistant general counsel.

Levesque received his undergraduate degree from the conservative Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina and a law degree from Florida State University. Levesque is admitted to practice law in Florida and Georgia.

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.

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