General Counsel

Service Areas


The specialized areas of responsibility of the attorneys are listed in the chart below.  Please refer to this chart to determine which attorney can assist you with your legal matter. If you are unsure whom to contact, please contact the Office of the General Counsel at 863-874-8412 or by email. Please note that most written communications are public records.

For issues related to postings of university policies, regulations and rules, and public records requests, please contact Sherri Pavlik.


Academic Affairs

Subject Matter General Counsel
Academic Affairs Agreements Melaine Schmiz
Academic Policies and Procedures Committee Melaine Schmiz
Dual Enrollment Agreements Melaine Schmiz
Industry Partnership Agreements Alex Landback
International Exchange Agreements Melaine Schmiz
Internship Agreements Melaine Schmiz
Intellectual Property Matters (patent, trademark, copyright) Alex Landback



Collective Bargaining Alex Landback
Employment and Labor Alex Landback
Garnishments Gina DeIulio
Human Resources Alex Landback
Immigration Law and Visas Alex Landback
Risk Management Alex Landback


Finance and Administration

Business and Auxiliary Enterprise Matters Melaine Schmiz
Construction Matters Alex Landback
Environmental Health and Safety Matters Alex Landback
Finance and Administration Matters Gina DeIulio
Technology Services Matters Alex Landback
Procurement Matters Melaine Schmiz
Real Estate and Land Use Alex Landback
University Police Matters Alex Landback


Florida Polytechnic University Foundation, Inc.

Subject Matter General Counsel
Contracts Melaine Schmiz
Gift Agreements Melaine Schmiz
Policies and Governance

Melaine Schmiz



Subject Matter General Counsel
Board of Trustees Gina DeIulio
Delegations of Authority Gina DeIulio
Ethics and Conflicts of Interest Gina DeIulio
Governance Gina DeIulio
Government Relations Alex Landback
Non-Academic Policies Committee Alex Landback
Public Records Requests Melaine Schmiz 
Retention Law Melaine Schmiz  
Sunshine Law Melaine Schmiz  
University Relations Marketing Alex Landback
University Regulations, Policies, Rules, and Procedures Melaine Schmiz  


Dispute Resolution

Litigation Alex Landback
Service of Process Alex Landback
Subpoenas Alex Landback



Research and Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Matters (patent, trademark, copyright)  Alex Landback
Research Matters Alex Landback


Student Affairs

Subject Matter General Counsel
Admissions and Enrollment Areas Melaine Schmiz
Financial Aid Matters Melaine Schmiz
Immigration Law and Visas Melaine Schmiz
International Exchange Agreements Melaine Schmiz
Residence Determinations Melaine Schmiz
Student Government Association Melaine Schmiz
Student Records and FERPA Melaine Schmiz
Student Affairs Matters Melaine Schmiz
Tuition and Fees Gina DeIulio