Josefina “Josie” Tamayo
Ms. Tamayo has been a practicing Lawyer and Senior Executive for over 31 years. She has dedicated her professional life and career to serving the citizens of the State of Florida. She has served as the legal advisor to Agency heads and Senior Executive Management on complex legal and policy issues.
She was born in Santiago De Cuba, Cuba and her family emigrated to the United States once Fidel Castro took control of the country. Her Father, a physician and her mother, a lawyer and her siblings eventually settled in Milledgeville, Georgia. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Emory University and her law degree from Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta.
Upon graduating from law school, Josie began her legal career as an Assistant States Attorney in Sarasota and Hillsborough counties. She specialized in cases involving the abuse of children and the elderly. She then moved to Tallahassee to continue her public service. She has served as the General Counsel for 5 state agencies including; The Department of Children and Families, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Department of Management Services and the Florida Lottery.
In 2010, Ms. Tamayo was appointed as a Circuit Court Judge for the Second Judicial Circuit in Tallahassee. She was the first Hispanic woman appointed to the court in its history. She served in the criminal and family law divisions. As a result of her service, she received the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency Distinguished Judicial Service Award.
She is a member of the Tallahassee Bar Association, the Jefferson County Bar Association and the Florida Bar Legal Needs of Children Committee. She frequently serves as the keynote speaker for the United States Naturalization Ceremony, the Florida State University College of Law Women’s Symposium and raises funds for the Girl Scouts of the Panhandle.
She enjoys spending time with her family and being a role model and mentor to women in the legal profession.
She is a Certified Supreme Court Family Law Mediator and Arbitrator and is currently establishing a Mediation and Consulting practice to assist individuals with their disputes and how to navigate the state and local government framework.Back