Member:   
  James    Argento  
Work Phone:
352-742-4236
Email James
Business Name: 
Office of the State Attorney
Business Address: 
PO Box 7800
TavaresFL 32778
Business Website: 
http://sao5.org
Law or Business Areas:
State Prosecutor (Assistant State Attorney)
 

 
Born December 7, 1981 in Fort Lauderdale, James Argento grew up in Hollywood, Florida. He attended the University of Florida in Gainesville and received a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Environmental Science in the spring of 2004. Due to extensive undergrad involvement, he was inducted into the UF Hall of Fame, named Outstanding Graduating Male Leader, and was awarded the prestigious national Udall Scholarship. He went to law school at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he served as FSU Student Body Attorney General. While in the state capitol, he interned for Florida Supreme Court Justice Kenneth B. Bell, the Florida Office of Attorney General, and the Florida Office of Public Counsel (consumer advocate in utility rate cases). James became a lawyer in 2007 and went to work as a prosecutor for State Attorney Brad King, in Tavares, Lake County. He has tried felony, misdemeanor, and criminal traffic cases in front of Lake County judges and juries, as both lead trial attorney and co-counsel. He presently handles all the civil commitments for Lake and neighboring Sumter County under the Florida Baker Act and has also worked on involuntary placements under the Sexually Violent Predator Act, Marchman Act, and the developmental disabilities statutes. A majority of his career however has had him assigned to the Lake juvenile division, where he has prosecuted thousands of offenses committed by children. Outside the office, he has served on the Florida Bar Juvenile Court Rules Committee and Legal Needs of Children Committee. He has also chaired Grievance Committee 5A and served on the board of directors of the local civil legal aid. Outside the legal system, James has also been engaged in the community, chairing the City of Leesburg planning and zoning commission, chairing the Golden Triangle YMCA board of directors, and chairing Be Free Lake (the anti-drug coalition for Lake County), among other things. James, his wife Jeanette, who is the lead speech pathologist for Sumter County schools, and two children, live in Leesburg and are an active part of Leesburg Missionary Baptist Church.