Meet Melissa and Her Team
Melissa W. Nelson
Melissa Nelson took office as State Attorney for Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit on Jan. 3, 2017. She leads a group of more than 100 attorneys and 200 staff who represent the people of Clay, Duval, and Nassau counties, primarily in criminal matters.
Nelson spent 12 years in the office as an Assistant State Attorney from 1997-2009. During that time, she prosecuted capital homicides, white collar matters, sex crimes, and crimes against children.
In 2009, she joined McGuireWoods and worked in private practice for seven years.
Since taking office, Nelson has committed to employing new public safety measures, including the deployment of strategic prosecutorial initiatives. She also is committed to leading the implementation of moden criminal justice reforms and ensuring the office’s work is done in a fair, transparent manner for the people it serves.
Recognized for her ethics, integrity, professionalism, and collegiality, Nelson recently was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. She is a member of the Chester Bedell Inn of Court, the Jacksonville Women’s Lawyers Association, and previously served on the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Fourth Judicial Circuit.
Nelson earned both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida.
Nelson and her husband, Jason, live in Jacksonville where they raise their three children.
Chief Assistant State Attorney
Mac Heavener returns to the State Attorney’s Office after serving almost a decade as the deputy chief of the Jacksonville Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.
While there, he supervised federal prosecutors in the Jacksonville criminal section, served as one of three professional responsibility officers for the entire district, and was instrumental in establishing a human trafficking task force. He personally prosecuted or tried some of the District’s highest profile Jacksonville cases, which included public corruption, terrorism, and the attempted assassination of a federal judge.
Heavener began his legal career in the private sector with the Holland & Knight firm and joined the State Attorney’s Office in 2000. He prosecuted a wide range of crimes, from misdemeanors to capital murder cases, and became a division chief prior to beginning his federal service.
As Chief Assistant, Heavener is responsible for supervising Circuit Court operations in Jacksonville and oversees all Circuit, Special Prosecution, Special Assault, and Homicide Divisions.
Heavener earned a bachelor’s of science in business administration from The Citadel and received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review and named to the Order of the Coif.
Chief Assistant State Attorney
L.E. Hutton is a former Assistant State Attorney who returns to the State Attorney’s Office in a chief leadership role after a distinguished career in the private sector.
Hutton began his legal career in 1998 as an Assistant State Attorney and prosecuted homicides, white collar crimes, drug-related violations, and violent felonies. He was appointed to the Special Prosecution Unit and also was a member of the hiring committee during his initial tenure with the office.
In 2001, he joined the law firm of Willis, Ferebee & Hutton, as a partner, to continue his career in criminal law at the state and federal levels. During his almost 16 years with the firm, Hutton took on a variety of cases, including complex white collar trials in federal court, state and federal grand jury investigations, and capital murder cases.
His efforts outside of the office have included serving as a member of the Grievance Committee for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and serving as chair of the City of Jacksonville’s Ethics Commission.
As Chief Assistant, Hutton supervises operations in Clay and Nassau counties, and oversees Duval County Court, the Juvenile Division, and Investigative Division.
He earned both his bachelor’s degree in political science and law degree from the University of Florida.
Tim Quick joins the State Attorney’s Office as Chief Investigator following an acclaimed career with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and law enforcement.
Quick most recently served as Special Agent in Charge of the NCIS Norfolk Field Office, where he was responsible for the management and operational direction of NCIS offices throughout Virginia.
He previously held the position of executive assistant to the director at NCIS headquarters in Quantico, Virginia. Quick also served in a variety of organizational assignments and missions in the United States and abroad, including time as Special Agent Afloat aboard the USS Kennedy and additional deployments to Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
As Chief Investigator, Quick is the office’s senior law enforcement liaison for the Fourth Judicial Circuit and oversees a team of talented investigators who are integral in the office’s mission.
Quick earned his undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University and he is pursuing a master’s degree from Liberty University. He began his law enforcement career in 1983 as a deputy sheriff with the Jefferson County (Illinois) Sheriff’s Department.
Attorney and Community Development Director
Lisa Page is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida who arrives at the State Attorney’s Office with a legal background and extensive community involvement and volunteerism.
Her legal career includes her time in the United States Attorney’s Office as well as with the law firm of Dermott, Will & Emery, and federal clerkship with the Honorable Ursula Ungaro of the Southern District of Florida.
Page has an extensive history of community involvement with organizations such as The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, the Women’s Giving Alliance, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, and other local nonprofits.
She draws from both backgrounds as director of the Attorney and Community Development Division, where she leads the office’s efforts in attorney recruitment, training, and diversity, along with a focus on engaging the office with the community and exploring potential partnerships and grants.
Page earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and graduated Phi Beta Kappa before earning her law degree from New York University School of Law.
Stephen Siegel has spent his legal career serving the people of the Fourth Judicial Circuit in a variety of roles before being named First Assistant in January 2017.
Siegel began his career with the State of Florida as a Judicial Staff Attorney. He joined the State Attorney’s Office in 1995 and during his tenure with the office has served as a division chief in both Circuit Court and County Court. He most recently served as senior division chief of the Nassau County office.
His career with the office also includes being named a division chief in the office’s Special Prosecution Division, where he initiated complex investigations and prosecutions of white collar and economic crimes, fraud, arson, environmental crimes, and public corruption cases.
In 2004, Siegel became board certified by the Florida Bar in Criminal Law. He was the second prosecutor in the Fourth Judicial Circuit to attain the distinction.
As First Assistant, Siegel is responsible for overseeing the legal division, business operations, IT, human resources, and office administration.
He graduated from the Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he served as chairman of the Moot Court Board, and received a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Louisville.