Jim Daughton is President of the firm and practices in its legislative affairs and administrative rulemaking areas with an emphasis on financial services, technology and healthcare. Throughout the course of his professional career Jim has represented Fortune 500 companies, Florida-based businesses and professional associations.

Jim has served in many business and civic organizations including the Advisory Board of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Political Institute and chairman of the Florida Chamber’s Free Enterprise PAC, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Florida House on Capitol Hill. Jim speaks regularly to audiences about Florida’s governmental and political environment, and recently authored an article for the Florida Family Physician Journal entitled “Who Are These People And What Are They Doing to My Practice—Why family doctors need advocacy at the state level.”

Jim graduated with high honors from the Florida State University College of Law. He earned his B.A. in political science from Stetson University. Jim was the recipient of the William Amory Underhill Award given to the student most likely to have a positive impact on government.

Jim is married to Maureen McCarthy Daughton and has two sons, Connor and Will.


Shareholder Areas of Practice: Legislative & Governmental Affairs Administrative Law

Bar Admissions: Florida, 1998

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • The Florida Bar
  • The American Bar Association
  • The Florida Chamber of Commerce
  • Florida Bar Governmental and Public Policy Advocacy Committee.


  • Holland & Knight LLP, Associate and Partner;
  • Herndon Daughton and Associates, Partner;
  • Executive Office of the Governor, Executive Assistant, Deputy Chief of Staff.

  • What was your favorite TV show when growing up?
    Happy Days
  • What is your favorite cereal?
    Count Chocula
  • What was your childhood nickname?
    Jimmy D
  • What, or who, are you a “closet” fan of?
    RHONY #JoeGuidiceisinnocent
  • What would you be doing if you weren’t at your current job?
    Circus Performer, U.N. Ambassador, Television Producer
  • What movie or novel character do you most admire/identify with?
    Atticus Finch
  • What is the last book you read?
    Golden Prey by John Sanford
  • What/where was your first job?
    Busboy at Cap’n Coty’s… please ask me about it
  • What was the last concert you attended?
    Rascal Flatts
  • What is your favorite NFL team?
    New England Patriots
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