Jon Mills

Jon L. Mills

Professor of Law
Dean Emeritus
Director, Center for Governmental Responsibility



Mailing Address:
Box #117629 Gainesville, FL 32611


(352) 273-0835

(352) 392-1457

Jon Mills is Dean Emeritus, Professor of Law, and Director of Center for Governmental Responsibility at UF’s Levin College of Law. He is Counsel to Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. Mr. Mills is former Dean of UF Levin College of Law from 1999-2003 and former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, served as member of the 1997-1998 Florida Constitution Revision Commission (as Chair of Style and Drafting Committee and was selected Most Valuable Member). He was the reporter for the ABA’s Task Force on Preservation of the Justice System in 2011 and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Professor Mills teaches Privacy, State Constitutional Law, Law and Policy in the Americas and Legislative Drafting. He has taught and lectured on privacy in Germany, Great Britain, Poland, Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina, and in the Department of States US Speakers and Specialists program. He has written books, reports and multiple law review articles on public policy issues including two books on privacy: Privacy: The Lost Right (Oxford University Press 2008) and Privacy in the Mew Media Age (University Press of Florida 2015). His chapter “Privacy in the Surveillance Era” was featured in After Snowden, which was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2015. He has been Principal Investigator on totaling over three million U.S. Dollars in research funding, including grants from U.S Department of State and the MacArthur Foundation.

Professor Mills is a globally recognized expert in privacy and cyber security issues. He appeared in landmark litigation including high profile privacy intrusion cases representing the families of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Gianni Versace, and Sea World trainer Dawn Brancheau. He was also counsel in cases to prevent disclosure of information from electronic intrusions and hacking. He has lectured on privacy to judges, attorneys and corporate counsel.

He has been quoted by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, and Washington Post among others and has appeared on CNN, NPR, ABC, and the BBC to discuss privacy and other public policy issues.

Professor Mills's scholarship can be found on:


J.D., University of Florida (with honors); B.A., Stetson University

Teaching & Scholarship

  • Florida Constitutional Law, Privacy, Law & Policy Issues in the Americas, Legislative Drafting

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined College of Law as Founding Director, Center for Governmental Responsibility (1973 - 80) (1988 - present). Dean, College of Law (1999 - 2003).
  • Public Service: Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Committee (2009), American Bar Association-Advisory Commission to the World Justice Project (2007-08), Chair of Florida Supreme Court Committee on Privacy & Court Records (2003-05), Florida Education Accountability Commission (2003-present), Speaker of the House (1987-88). Florida House of Representatives (1978 - 88). Designated “Most Effective Member of House,” 1985, 1986. Principle legislative programs include Growth Management Act, Wetlands Protection Act, Water Quality Assurance Act, Child Abuse Prevention Act (Mills Bill), Constitutional Right to Privacy, High Technology Economic Development Act, Far East Research & Development Council. Florida Constitution Revision Committee (1996 - 98), Selected “Most Valuable Member” 1998.
  • Recipient, U.S. State Dept. Speaker & Specialist Grant sponsored by U.S. Dept. of State’s Office of International Information Programs (IIP), Montevideo, Uruguay (Dec. 8-9, 2008); Buenos Aires, Argentina (Dec. 10-11, 2008); and Cordoba, Argentina (Dec. 12-13, 2008).
  • Legal Experience: of counsel, Boies Schiller & Flexner, LLP (present), Partner, McGalliard Mills deMontmollin & Smith (1980 - 86), Special Assistant State Attorney, Rolling v. State (1990). Judicial Clerk, Second District Court of Appeals, Florida (1972). Appeared before Florida Supreme Court, United States 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court of District of Columbia, U.S. District Court of Northern District of Florida.
  • Activities: Fellow of American Bar Foundation, The Florida Bar; Order of the Coif; Phi Kappa Phi; Florida Supreme Court Historical Society; Florida Supreme Court Professionalism Commission. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (1987).
  • Privacy in the New Media Age, University Press of Florida, 2015
  • "The Future of Privacy in the Surveillance Age," After Snowden: National Security, Public Information, and the Aftermath of the Snowden Affair. Thomas Dunne Books: St. Martin Press. Ronald Goldfarb, ed., May 2015
  • Privacy: The Lost Right, Oxford University Press, 2008.
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