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News Releases About Legal Reform

Sept. 12, 2005


Bush Deputy Chief of Staff Tapped

to Lead Florida Justice Reform Institute

William Large selected by FJRI’s board of directors to

lead charge toward common sense justice reforms

For Immediate Release


Allison North Jones

(850) 681-3200


Sept. 7, 2005  TALLAHASSEE, FL. – The Florida Justice Reform Institute (FJRI) will continue its aggressive pursuit of judicial fairness and balance under the leadership of its newly selected president, William Large, former deputy chief of staff to Gov. Jeb Bush.


FJRI is Florida’s leading organization committed to meaningful and long-term legal reforms that will benefit all Floridians. The organization will benefit from Large’s extensive experience in legal reform issues.


Large will begin leading FJRI Monday, Sept. 12.


Before becoming a deputy chief of staff, Large served as one of Bush’s chief counselors as lawmakers negotiated reforms of the state’s medical malpractice laws. As the Department of Health’s general counsel from March 2000 until June 2004 and director of the Governor’s Task Force on Healthcare Professional Liability Insurance, Large played a vital role in ensuring the Governor’s medical malpractice reform initiatives were approved by the Florida Legislature.


“His strong legal background combined with his intimate knowledge of Florida’s political landscape and his experience during the 2003 medical malpractice debate made William the obvious choice to lead the Florida Justice Reform Institute,’’ said Tom James, chairman and chief executive officer of Raymond James Financial, Inc., and chairman of FJRI’s board of directors.


As president, Large will help FJRI build on the successes achieved during last year’s legislative session and continue to push for even more far-reaching litigation reforms that support Florida’s robust business climate.


“William Large is an excellent choice to lead the Florida Justice Reform Institute's pursuit of common sense legal reform,” said Gov. Jeb Bush. “As my Deputy Chief of Staff, William provided invaluable counsel in all areas of tort reform, including medical malpractice reform.”


“The Florida Justice Reform Institute has spearheaded the state's legal reform efforts by committing Florida companies to a long-term effort to improve our civil justice system,” Bush said.


“The Institute has enjoyed great support from state and national organizations and important think tanks,’’ said Bush. “I am particularly pleased that the Institute and Florida's business community are committed to a long-term approach to ensuring fairness in our civil justice system. William's policy expertise, strong legal knowledge, and dedication to fairness will be a great asset toward the effort."


Prior to working for the state, Large, 37, was a partner at Hill, Adams, Hall and Schieffelin, P.A. in Winter Park. He practiced in the areas of professional malpractice defense litigation primarily representing hospitals and physicians. He received both his bachelor’s degree and juris doctor from University of Florida. He also holds a master’s degree in Applied American Politics and Policy from Florida State University.


The Florida Justice Reform Institute is a coalition of more than two dozen state and national business associations that is leading a long-term effort to promote a broad package of civil justice reforms.



The Florida Justice Reform Institute is a diverse coalition of state associations and groups dedicated to restoring fairness, equality, predictability and personal responsibility to Florida’s civil justice system. 



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