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, Florida, James Argento grew up in Hollywood, Florida. While in high school, he researched the invasive exotic air potato for science fair, and that research was nationally recognized. He attended the University of Florida & received a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Environmental Science in the spring of 2004. Due to being very active in undergrad in Gainesville, he was inducted into the UF Hall of Fame, named Outstanding Graduating Male Leader, & was awarded the prestigious national Udall Scholarship for environmental service. After that, he went to law school in Tallahassee at Florida State University, where he served as FSU Student Body Attorney General. While in the capital, he interned for Florida Supreme Court Justice Ken Bell, Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist, & Florida Public Counsel Harold McLean. Right after graduating in 2007, James became a lawyer & went to work as a prosecutor for State Attorney Brad King, in Tavares, Lake County. James tried felony, misdemeanor, & criminal traffic cases in front of judges & juries, as both lead trial attorney & co-counsel. James currently handles criminal first appearances & Baker Act civil commitments. A majority of his career (10 years) however had him assigned to the juvenile unit, where he prosecuted thousands of offenses committed by children. In his role as juvenile prosecutor, he helped the schools revise the Know the Law book & narrated the Know the Law video, which goes with the book. He also helped to lead a truancy intervention effort & served on the Florida Bar Juvenile Court Rules & Legal Needs of Children Committees. James has lectured for various citizen, law enforcement, & attorney groups across the state about multiple legal topics. He was a part of the re-start of the Lake County Domestic Violence Task Force & was involved in the founding of the Lake County Human Trafficking Task Force. The Florida Council on Crime & Delinquency honored him with the statewide Distinguished Judicial Service Award, for outstanding service to the community. James has also been engaged in the community outside the SAO, serving as a city official (Leesburg planning & zoning commission chair), county official (Lake board of adjustment vice-chair), as well as a board member of countless not-for-profits. He has also been a leader in the local legal community, serving as president of the Lake County Bar Association. James, his wife Jeanette (the lead speech therapist for Sumter County schools), & two young children (Aidan & Emory), live in the city of Leesburg in Lake County & are active at Leesburg Missionary Baptist Church.