David Gee, Sheriff
Chief Legal Counsel Tony Peluso
Tony Peluso has been a member of the Sheriff’s Legal Section since January 2006 when he joined the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office as Deputy Chief Legal Counsel. He took over the reins as Chief Legal Counsel from Ellen Leonard in August, 2008. As such, Mr. Peluso heads up a team of five attorneys who represent the Sheriff and his deputies in federal and state courts. Prior to his employment at the Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Peluso spent 16 years representing the United States as Assistant United States Attorney, including two years as a Special Assistant United States Attorney while still a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. His primary case load included the successful prosecution of defendants accused of violent, drug, economic and computer-related crimes. Mr. Peluso served in the United States Army, including a tour of duty as a paratrooper with the 173rd Airborne Brigade (SEP) in Vietnam and later, 17 years as a JAG Officer. The four years as General Counsel in the White House Office of Emergency Operations and ten years serving as a military trial advocate highlight his Army legal career.
Mr. Peluso originates from Phoenix, Arizona, and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in History with Distinction from Arizona State University in 1972 and his Juris Doctor from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas, in 1974, where he was a member of the President Phi Delta Phi Honor Fraternity. He attended the Judge Advocate General’s Graduate Course at the University of Virginia and obtained his Master of Legal Letters from George Washington University School of Law in 1984. His bar admissions include the State of Florida, State of Texas, Supreme Court of the United States, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the United States Army Court of Military Review.