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. In 2000, James attended the University of Florida in Gainesville. He received a Bachelor of Arts in the spring 2004. In his final year on campus, due to extensive school and community involvement, he was inducted into the UF Hall of Fame, named the Outstanding Graduating Male Leader, and awarded the national Udall Scholarship. James immediately then went to law school in Tallahassee at Florida State University. While in the capital, James interned for Florida Supreme Court Justice Kenneth B. Bell, the Florida Office of Attorney General, and the Florida Office of Public Counsel. He also served as FSU Student Body Attorney General. He got his law degree in spring 2007. Right after he took the bar exam the summer of 2007, James moved to Lake County and became a prosecutor for Fifth Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office. James has tried felony, misdemeanor, and criminal traffic cases in front of judges and juries as both lead trial attorney and co-counsel. A majority of his career (10 years) however had him assigned to the juvenile unit, where he prosecuted thousands of offenses committed by children. James currently handles the Lake County early intervention program and litigates civil commitments. James has helped with matters for the State Attorney's Office outside of the courtroom. He assisted in Lake County schools' revision of the "Know the Law" book and narrated the "Know the Law" video. He also helped lead a local truancy intervention effort. James has lectured for various citizen, law enforcement, and attorney groups across the state about a variety of legal topics. He was a part of the re-start of the Lake County Domestic Violence Task Force and 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. James has also been engaged in the community outside the State Attorney's Office, serving as a city official, county official, and head/officer of many local legal and not-for-profit entities. James is married to Jeanette, the lead speech therapist for Sumter County schools. They, along with their two young children, live in Leesburg and are active at Leesburg Missionary Baptist Church.