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Florida Attorneys Specializing in Charter School Law, Education Law, Family Law, and Criminal Law

At the Arnold Law Firm, we are a team of lawyers focused on representing clients in the areas of charter school law, education law, family law, and criminal law.


Our education law practice is devoted primarily to representing public charter schools throughout the State of Florida. We represent schools throughout Florida and Georgia from our main office in Jacksonville. We are preferred vendors of legal services to the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools, and our experience in all aspects of education law spans more than a decade. The Arnold Law Firm has also represented private schools and post-secondary institutions on a number of legal matters.

The education law team is led by Shawn Arnold and Melissa Gross-Arnold, who are Board Certified in Education Law by the Florida Bar Association. Our education law team provides our clients with extensive knowledge, capabilities and experience relating to schools and the laws applicable to them, including compliance with the Public Records Act and Florida Sunshine Laws. Our attorneys have represented clients before the District Courts of Appeal, the Florida Charter School Appeal Commission and the Florida State Board of Education, and have served as mediators on behalf of the Florida Department of Education.

We know the field well, we know the rules, and we have existing relationships with decision-makers, stakeholders and policy experts. We help our clients navigate the legal landscape surrounding Florida’s public schools through legal representation on a range of issues, including:

  • Due diligence for site acquisition/leasing and permitting

  • School site lease negotiations

  • Construction contract review

  • Campus master planning

  • Rulemaking

  • Charter issues, from application to appeals, including termination, renewal, non-renewal and state and federal funding

  • Contract negotiation and drafting, including contracts to operate a charter school with an authorizer or contracts between schools and educational management organizations

  • Funding, operations and compliance

  • Special education issues (IDEA and Section 504) as well as English Language Learners policies

  • Public Records Act and Sunshine Law issues

  • School governance and policies

  • Civil and administrative litigation

  • Employment issues

  • McKay Scholarships for private schools

Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation with a lawyer specializing in education law.


Our family law and mediation division is led by attorney John Leombruno, who has been representing clients in this capacity for over 10 years. The Arnold Law firm is committed to providing high-quality representation to families in North Florida and minimizing the financial and emotional stresses that often accompany such disputes. Under the leadership of Mr. Leombruno, our law office will seek to find the best and most expedient solution to your problems. The Arnold Law Firm has represented clients in divorce, child custody, alimony, paternity, injunction, and dependency actions.

The Arnold Law Firm also offers family mediation services to those individuals looking to find a solution to their problems outside of the courtroom. Nobody understands the problems that you face better than yourself. With family mediation, you are the one taking charge of your own destiny, not a judge or jury. Mediation also provides an expedited way to settle disputes. Often times parties are able to reach an agreement through mediation in a single day, thereby avoiding a long and drawn out fight through the courts. Mr. Leombruno works hard to find an amicable solution for those clients that utilize him for mediation services.

Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation with a lawyer specializing in family law.


The Arnold Law Firm has been involved in involved with criminal law since its inception. Founded by a former prosecutor, the Arnold Law Firm understands what it takes to defend individuals against criminal charges. Our attorneys have tried countless criminal cases and have a proven track record of success. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony, we encourage you to pick up the phone and give us a call. Having an experienced criminal defense attorney is crucial for any person that has been charged with a crime.

Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation with a lawyer specializing in criminal law.