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SAGE Spotlight

This month’s spotlight focuses on a former Attorney General, also known as a SAGE member [Society of Attorneys General Emeritus].

After serving as Florida's Attorney General for four years, Bill McCollum joined SNR Denton in 2011 where he, along with fellow SAGE member and former Indiana Attorney General Jeff Modisett, now lead the firm's newly-formed State Attorneys General practice.

McCollum’s involvement with SAGE has allowed for networking opportunities with former Attorneys General, which impact both his professional and personal life. “The law practice is focused on Attorneys General so it is great to have continuing relationships with former AGs," he said. "They offer helpful advice, were good to me during transition and provide mutual opportunities for business referrals."

During his Attorney General tenure, McCollum addressed issues ranging from a constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act to consumer fraud cases, mortgage forecloses, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and educating kids about Internet child predators. He speaks fondly of his time as Attorney General. “I miss directly improving the lives of Florida citizens and protecting them from scams and fraudulent practices.”

Previously, he served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Florida’s 8th district, from 1981 to 2001, where he served on the Judiciary, Banking and Financial Services, and Intelligence committees. He is also a retired commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves, where he served for 23 years.

McCollum received his bachelor’s degree and J.D. from the University of Florida. When he manages to find spare time, this Florida native enjoys the great outdoors. His favorite activities include hiking the Rocky Mountains, fishing, horseback riding, gardening, and jogging. He commutes between Florida and Washington, D.C. Bill and his wife, Ingrid, have three sons and three grandchildren.

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