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Phone  850.599.3591
Fax  850.561.2862

Office of the General Counsel
1700 Lee Hall Drive
304 Foote-Hilyer Administration Center (FHAC)
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

Meet the OGC Staff

Shira R. Thomas, Esquire
Interim Vice President and General Counsel

Practice Areas:

  • Contract Law
  • Research Transactional/IP
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Higher Education Law
  • Administrative Law

Shira R. Thomas, Esq. serves as the Acting General Counsel at Florida A&M University. Attorney Thomas provides advice and counsel on transactional matters to each Department and Division within the University, with concentration in the areas of Sponsored Programs and Technology Transfer, Licensing, Procurement and Immigration. Ms. Thomas has a long history of legal service in Florida’s public sector. After graduating from the Florida State University College of Law as Virgil Hawkins Fellow, she joined the Florida Department of Environmental Protection legal team from 1994 through 1999. From November 1999 through September 2004, Attorney Thomas served as Assistant General Counsel with the Office of the General Counsel at Florida A&M University. In September 2004, she was promoted to Associate General Counsel and again promoted to Deputy General Counsel in July 2008. She is a member of the Tallahassee Women Lawyers, the National Association for College and University Attorneys, and various other civic and legal organizations.

David C. Self, Esquire
Associate General Counsel

Practice Areas:

  • Real Property
  • Public Finance
  • Debt Management
  • Leasing

As an Associate General Counsel, David C. Self, II brings more than twenty five (25) years of private sector experience to the University’s legal staff.  Mr. Self specializes in real property, leases, debt management,public/private partnerships, public finance and general contract law.  In that capacity, Mr. Self advises the University on matters involving the campus “physical plant” – construction, expansion, campus leases and other contracts.  Mr. Self is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, B.J. and the University of Florida, College of Law where he served on the Law Review.  Mr. Self is an active member of several legal and civic organizations.

Ana Gargollo-McDonald, Esquire
Associate General Counsel

Practice Areas:

  • Student/Academic Affairs
  • Labor and Employment
In August of 2015, Ana joined the Office of the General Counsel as an Assistant General Counsel, and was subsequently promoted to Associate General Counsel.  Ana's areas of responsibility include: Student and Academic Affairs; labor and employment law; polices and regulations; subpoenas; FERPA, Sunshine and Public Records Laws; bankruptcy; and litigation.  Most importantly, Ana is proud to be a Rattler!

Abigail V. Raddar

Mrs. Raddar received a B.S. Degree in Office Administration from Florida A&M University and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Armed Forces in 1990.  Currently, Mrs. Raddar serves as Coordinator to the General Counsel and the University’s Agency Clerk.

Talia Varone
Executive Secretary

Ms. Varone is a graduate of the Florida State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and Psychology. She comes to the University from Coppin State University where she served as the Administrative Assistant for the Faculty Senate, Curriculum Committee, and the Adjunct Faculty.  Ms. Varone currently serves as the Executive Secretary to the General Counsel.