American University (J.D., 1993)
University of Florida (B.A., 1987 summa cum laude)
Margaret M. Sidman joined the General Counsel's Office in April 2003, was promoted to Chief of the Legislative Services Department in 2009, promoted to Deputy Legislative Affairs in 2012 and Managing Deputy in 2013. Prior to joining the General Counsel's Office, Ms. Sidman was corporate counsel for Bombardier Capital, Inc. Ms. Sidman was an associate with Stutsman & Thames before joining Bombardier Capital where she handled commercial litigation involving general contract disputes, real estate and secured transactions. Before joining Stutsman & Thames, Ms. Sidman was an associate with Rogers, Towers, P.A., where she administered insurance defense, commercial litigation and contract disputes.
Prior to her legal career, Ms. Sidman served as a legislative aide to State Senator Bill Bankhead where she honed her skills in legislative drafting and budget review.
Ms. Sidman graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida in 1987, and is a proud graduate of the Washington College of Law at American University. During her college career, Ms. Sidman received the highly competitive International Rotary Scholarship for study in Bamberg, Germany.
Ms. Sidman served on the City of Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission, and was appointed by Mayor Delaney to serve on the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women. Ms. Sidman has served as President of Riverside Avondale Preservation, and held leadership positions on the boards of Community Connections, Inc. and the Catholic Lawyers Guild. Ms. Sidman is the recipient of the 2008 President's Volunteer Service Award for exceeding 100 volunteer hours with Catholic Charities as part of the City of Jacksonville Mentor Program and is an active member in St. Matthews Catholic Church.