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. While in high school, he was involved in researching invasive exotic plants that impacted the Florida ecosystem, including the air potato. James 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 for environmental service. James went to law school at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he served as FSU Student Body Attorney General and chairman of the Student Government Association Election Commission. While in the state capital, he interned for the Florida Supreme Court, the Florida Office of Attorney General, and the Florida Office of Public Counsel (the State's consumer advocate in utility rate cases). James became a lawyer in 2007 and went to work as a prosecutor for the State Attorney 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 was a juvenile prosecutor for 10 years. He is presently assigned to handle all criminal first appearances and civil commitments 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. Outside the State Attorney's Office, he has been involved in the legal system. He has served on the Florida Bar's Juvenile Court Rules Committee and Legal Needs of Children Committee. He is the current president of the Lake County Bar Association, has chaired Grievance Committee 5A, and also serves on the board of directors of Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, the local civil legal aid provider. Outside the legal system, James has also been engaged in the community, chairing the City of Leesburg's planning and zoning commission, leading the Golden Triangle YMCA board of directors, and heading up 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.