Daniel Tilley has certainly taken action in his career.

Tilley, 35, is the legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union Florida. The Cartersville, Georgia native is a gay bachelor who got into law for impactful purposes. 

The commitment through my work is to make a real and lasting difference for people,” Tilley said.

In Florida, the ACLU, Tilley said, remains committed to defending the rights of LGBT people. He cites cases involving transgender prison inmates, same-sex marriage rights and gay-straight middle school clubs as examples of his work.

Its not a quiet sit at your desk kind of job,” Tilley said. You dig into problems, see what you can undercover and look to make a difference.

Tilley got his law degree from the University of Georgia and interned in Africa at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Before arriving in Miami, Tilley clerked in Atlanta at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and in Washington D.C. at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Tilley credits his college piano instructor at NYU with putting him on the proper path to help people. In his spare time, Tilley enjoys film, volleyball, piano and hiking.

— John McDonald 


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