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Dec. 1, 2023

Jo O. Thacker Recognized as Florida Trend Legal Elite Notable – Women Leaders in Law

ORLANDO – Jo O. Thacker, a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Orlando office, was recently recognized in the 2023 Florida Trend Legal Elite NOTABLE – Women Leaders in Law special section. As recognized leaders within their industry, these peer-nominated Women Leaders in Law are regarded for their leadership, vision, and ability to effect growth in the professional and civic organizations they serve.

Thacker represents the interests of property owners in front of local governments throughout Florida. She focuses her practice on real estate transactions, land–use and zoning issues, intergovernmental coordination and planning, and public finance. She is a current member of the firm’s Executive Committee, setting firm policies and governance. She also assists the Orlando chapter of Nelson Mullins’ affinity group Women on the Go (WOGO), where she plays an active role in recruiting and retaining women attorneys and mentors them to continue advancing in their careers.

Before re-entering private practice, she served as the Osceola County Attorney for 13 years.

“We are honored to present this section of Legal Elite NOTABLE – Women Leaders in Law, published in Florida Trend's December issue. This honor distinguishes and recognizes this select group of women for their outstanding contribution to their organization and industry. The section presents a short profile on each recognized leader, highlighting the impact they've made to their organization, the legal profession, and the community at large,” says Publisher David Denor.  

Florida Trend invited peer nominations from across the state to recommend women leaders in law who met specific methodology and criteria parameters. Nominations were vetted by Florida Trend and the most noteworthy candidates were selected based on their outstanding leadership, mentorship, vision for change, and growth. View the entire Legal Elite NOTABLE – Women Leaders in Law roster, at

The Florida Bar congratulates those members who were selected for this honor, which reflects their commitment to leadership, excellence, and professionalism,” notes Florida Bar President F. Scott Westheimer.

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