Jason Gonzalez, general counsel to former Gov. Charlie Crist and the Florida Republican Party, has joined Shutts & Bowen as a Tallahassee partner.

Formerly a shareholder in the Tallahassee law firm Ausley McMullen, Gonzalez, 40, litigates cases and provides government affairs consulting.

From 2008 to 2009, Gonzalez was chief adviser to the governor on the appointment of 64 judges and four Florida Supreme Court justices. He served on the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission from 2007 to 2008, the First District Court of Appeal JNC from 2004 to 2007 and the Second Circuit JNC from 2001 to 2004.

Miami-based Shutts & Bowen has 250 lawyers in offices in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa, West Palm Beach and Amsterdam.