Louise St. Laurent began serving as Interim General Counsel for the Florida Department of Health starting August 23, 2018. Louise is responsible for overseeing the Office of General Counsel (OGC) which provides legal representation for the Department of Health. OGC also provides training, oversight and coordination for the Department's attorneys throughout the state; prepares General Counsel opinions; coordinates risk management referrals, legal assignments and legal representation for all of the Florida Department of Health's programs and local health departments; and ensures timely and accurate responses to legal issues facing the Department.
Since August 2016, Louise has served as the Deputy General Counsel for the Prosecution Services Unit. She previously served as the Department’s Assistant General Counsel, supervising the Emergency Action Unit and Unlicensed Activity Unit. Before joining the Department of Health, Louise was an assistant state attorney for the Office of the State Attorney, Second Judicial Circuit in Tallahassee from 2011 to 2013. She appeared on behalf of the State of Florida as a prosecutor in misdemeanor and felony cases. She has also worked as a law clerk and a certified legal intern.
Louise earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and Political Science from Florida State University in 2007 and her Juris Doctor of Law from Florida State University in 2011.