Office of the General Counsel

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.
 

Angelique D. K. Hutchins, Esquire
Associate General Counsel and Director of Labor

Practice Areas:
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Administrative Law

Attorney Hutchins provides advice and counsel regarding labor and employment matters.  She develops policies and programs in all areas of labor and employment law, including wage and hour matters, discipline, counseling, termination, reductions-in-force and other labor relations issues. Attorney Hutchins manages all aspects of litigation regarding discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination.  Additionally, she participates in all facets of collective bargaining.Graduating as a Virgil Hawkins scholar from The University of Florida, College of Law, she has an extensive background as an attorney, most recently handling labor and employment issues with the Florida Department of Revenue and the Florida Department of Health.  Additionally, attorney Hutchins has been a trial lawyer for the State Attorney's Office, worked in a private law firm and practiced administrative law with the Department of Financial Services.


Abigail V. Raddar
Coordinator

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.


Florel L. Nicholas
Executive Secretary


Ms. Nicholas has over 30 years of administrative/legal secretarial experience working at private law firms, specializing in Corporate, Labor and Employment Law; and litigation. Florel also served as a Legal Compliance Coordinator for several years where she supervised a staff of four. She attended the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  Ms. Nicholas presently serves as the Executive Secretary to the Office of the General Counsel.

Contact Info

1700 Lee Hall Drive
304 Foote-Hilyer Administration Center (FHAC)
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

P: 850.599.3591
F: 850.561.2862

E: ogc@famu.edu