Office of the General Counsel


R. Sniffen


      Robert J. Sniffen

      FAC General Counsel

      Sniffen & Spellman

      123 North Monroe Street

      Tallahassee, Florida 32301

      Phone: 850.205.1996

      Facsimile: 850.205.3004




Robert J. Sniffen of the law firm Sniffen & Spellman is the FAC General Counsel.  Mr. Sniffen is the managing partner of Sniffen & Spellman, P.A. He is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Labor and Employment Law. Mr. Sniffen represents public and private sector employers statewide in federal and state court and before administrative tribunals, and also provides advice to employers regarding personnel and workplace issues. He also practices in the areas of education law, association law, local government law, civil rights defense and constitutional litigation, and also serves as general and special counsel to several statewide and national associations.  Furthermore, Mr. Sniffen has served a four year term on the Florida Commission on Ethics, his last year as Chairman.


Mr. Sniffen has received an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America publication in Labor and Employment Law. He has been named to Florida Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite” in the area of Labor and Employment Law. He has also been named on two occasions as one of the Top 100 lawyers in the State in all practice areas by Super Lawyers Magazine. Recently, the Best Lawyers publication named in Tallahassee Employment Defense Attorney of the Year.   Mr. Sniffen received his B.A. in political science from the University of Florida and his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law.



About the Office


The Office of the General Counsel provides legal advice and assistance to the Florida Association of Counties as it conducts the business of the Association and as it pursues the adopted goals and mission of the Association. The Office of the General Counsel provides support services to the Florida Association of County Attorneys, Inc., a separate corporation formed by the county attorneys in Florida.


The Office of General Counsel also advocates county issues at the state and federal levels through direct participation in litigation and through the researching, drafting and filing of amicus curiae ("friend of the court") briefs in the appellate courts. FAC provides constitutional, statutory and case law analysis on a wide variety of legislative issues throughout the year. In addition, FAC works with the executive branch of the state and federal government in advocating the counties' position on a variety of issues. Finally, FAC participates in the education and training of county commissioners and their staffs throughout the state.


For more information and questions, contact


FAC's Amicus Brief Policy can be viewed here.


Litigation Watch

“Litigation Watch” contains information, pleadings, memoranda, and orders on pending court cases of significance to Florida’s counties. Please contact FAC’s General Counsel if your county has a case pending in any court that you believe is of interest to other counties.


FAC follows and participates in many pending court cases. Information about some of the current cases can be found by following the links below:




As part of the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) annual vehicle graphics contest, FSA invites you to submit graphics for a chance for them to be displayed on one of their vehicles this upcoming year. The contest begins Monday, September 17 and ends at midnight Sunday, September 30, 2018.



1. Cruisers (for all your daily marked units)
2. Specialty Vehicles (DARE, customs, vintage, etc.)
3. Motorcycles
4. EMS and Fire and Rescue vehicles


1. Printed Materials
Commercial print quality (300 PPI) vector graphic either Adobe Illustrator or EPS format.
2. Web and Electronic Media
Unedited, full size landscape photo (1,200 x 628 pixels) as high quality JPG, GIF or PNG format
Photo must include entire vehicle and no people. Submit one of each of the above with contact information and agency to no later than noon, September 14, 2018.


Vehicles pictured do not have to to be purchased through the FSA Cooperative Purchasing Program, but agencies participating in the contest must be active users of at least one of the FSA Cooperative Purchasing Program contracts.


Entry photos from the four categories will be added to the Florida Sheriffs Association Facebook page and votes will be cast using the "LIKE" feature.


The contest begins Monday, September 17 and ends at midnight Sunday, September 30, 2018. The top 5 photos from each category will will be submitted to the FSA Fleet Advisory Committee for review and a winning selection will be made. The Fleet Advisory Committee will not be eligible to vote for any vehicles in top 5 that belong to their own agency.


The winner in each category will receive a custom plaque and 1-day pass for one person to attend the 2018 Executive Leadership and Fleet Exposition Conference. Winners will be recognized at the Conference. The 2018 Conference will take place October 28-31, 2018 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld.


Photo Release - By submitting a photo in this contest, the agency releases all photo rights to the Florida Sheriffs Association. The Agency also agrees to allow FSA to re-print and use the photo in advertisements in printed and electronic media for publicity purposes. No monetary exchanges will be made for use of the photo. 



FSA Facebook
Submit one of each photo with contact information and agency to no later than October 1, 2018.