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Florida Education Law Lawyers

At Arnold Law Firm, we are a team of lawyers focused on due diligence and relationship building in education law. Our focus on educational law and governmental law is of paramount importance to the legal requirements our charter school and private school clients encounter.

Attorney Melissa Gross-Arnold is a Florida Bar board-certified expert in education as well as city, county and local government law. She is currently the only attorney in Florida who has obtained both of these designations. She specializes in public and private education law, governmental law and transactional due diligence.  Along with Attorney Shawn A. Arnold and  John Leombruno, the education lawyers at Arnold Law Firm currently serve as attorneys and counselors for charter and private schools in 23 counties in Florida.

Other attorneys in our firm also support our education law practice. Attorney Shawn Arnold has represented charter schools in both Florida and Georgia in due process proceedings pursuant to the IDEA, discipline issues, public records issues and contractual negotiation and disputes. He has also represented private schools in facility disputes and lease negotiations. Attorney John Leombruno has represented charter schools in Florida with respect to family law issues compliance, search and seizure, discipline issues contract disputes, libel and slander, and English language learners policies.

Ms. Gross-Arnold leads our practice in relation to representation of various organizations involved in the Florida education system, including:

  • Charter schools
  • Private schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Educational management organizations (EMO's)
  • Educational service providers (ESP's)
  • Charter management organizations (CMO's)
  • Investors and other interested parties in public and private education

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 (FCPCS), and our experience in all aspects of education law spans more than a decade.

Contact us today by e-mail or call us at 904-731-3800 to schedule a free initial consultation with a devoted Florida education policy attorney.

Comprehensive Education Law Services Across Florida

We are constantly engaged and active in communities throughout the state and in matters relating to the Florida education system. Ms. Gross-Arnold provides our clients with extensive knowledge, capabilities and experience relating to schools and the laws applicable to them, including public records and Government in the Sunshine laws. She has represented clients before the Florida Charter School Appeal Commission and Florida State Board of Education, and she has served as a mediator 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 streamline the legal process with thorough legal counsel and representation in 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
  • Government in the Sunshine law and public records issues
  • School governance and policies
  • Civil and administrative litigation
  • Employment issues
  • McKay Scholarships for private schools

Contact us today by e-mail or call us at 904-731-3800 to schedule a free initial consultation with a lawyer specializing in Florida education law.

We provide governmental rates and preferential rates to clients affiliated with FCPCS.

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Arnold Law Firm
6279 Dupont Station Court
Jacksonville, FL 32217
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