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Attorney General-elect Ashley Moody names senior staff appointments

The names include two Tampa-area attorneys who have often represented big corporations.
BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times
After winning the nomination for Florida attorney general, Ashley Moody speaks to over 100 supporters at her night watch party at the Floridan Palace Hotel in Tampa on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.
BRONTE WITTPENN | Times After winning the nomination for Florida attorney general, Ashley Moody speaks to over 100 supporters at her night watch party at the Floridan Palace Hotel in Tampa on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.
Published Jan. 2, 2019

Attorney General-elect Ashley Moody announced her senior staff today, and they include two Tampa lawyers who have often represented big corporations:

John Guard, a former federal prosecutor and the chair of her transition team, will be her chief deputy attorney general. Guard has most recently worked as a partner at the Quarles & Brady law firm in Tampa, where he regularly advised clients on "government investigations, civil investigative demands, and internal investigations relating to a wide array of alleged misconduct," according to his law firm's website.

Before working as a federal prosecutor, Guard was an attorney for Holland & Knight, where he represented telecommunications, technology and financial institutions in commercial and class-action lawsuits.

Attorney Richard Martin will serve as general counsel. He's currently a partner at the Akerman law firm in Tampa, where he represents banks and other corporations in foreclosure suits brought by borrowers and customers, according to his firm's website.

Dan Olson, the chief operating officer for Visit Florida, will be the governmental affairs director overseeing legislative and cabinet affairs. Olson was previously chief of staff of the Florida Lottery and has worked in the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and in the governor's office.

Erica Geiger, who was director of political affairs for Moody's campaign, will become director of Special Projects and Initiatives. Geiger will "manage projects related to the Attorney General-elect's top priorities, including the combatting the opioid and human trafficking epidemics and coordinating law enforcement support."

Lauren Schenone, Gov. Rick Scott's press secretary, will become Moody's director of public affairs.

And Whitney Ray will stay on as director of communications for the attorney general's office.

Moody will take office on Tuesday.