Attorney Jonathan W. Graessle joined the firm after practicing with Sheppard, White, and Kachergus, P.A. in Jacksonville. Mr. Graessle is a fourth generation Florida lawyer and Jacksonville resident. His legal career has been devoted to appeals and litigation of all types. He has drafted briefs, petitions, and motions in Florida’s appellate courts and briefs before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He has also drafted dispositive motions and litigated civil cases on behalf of individuals and businesses in state and federal courts. Further, Mr. Graessle has represented individuals accused of or convicted of crimes at every stage of the legal process: from pre-arrest and first appearance to trial and appellate/ post-conviction proceedings. He is also experienced in handling administrative hearings and domestic violence proceedings.
Mr. Graessle graduated from the Bolles School before becoming a “Double Gator.” He first attended the University of Florida as a Florida Academic Scholar on a full academic tuition scholarship and earned a bachelor of arts degree, with honors, in political science. He also received a certificate in public leadership from the Bob Graham Center for Public Service. He then earned his law degree, again with honors, from the University of Florida College of Law.
While in law school, he earned two Book Awards, an honor given to the student with the highest grade in a class. His academic stature allowed him to make the Dean’s List every semester, serve as a teaching assistant for trial practice, and participate as a student member in the James C. Adkins Jr. Inn of Court.
Mr. Graessle served in an externship with Southern Legal Counsel, a Florida statewide not-for-profit public interest law firm. At SLC, he assisted in litigation on a wide range of issues, including advocating for homeless persons, Florida’s water resources, and the quality of Florida’s public schools. Mr. Graessle was also a certified legal intern with the Public Defender’s Office for the Eighth Judicial Circuit. Along with researching and drafting memorandums and motions, he selected a jury and served as counsel in a jury trial while still a law student.
Mr. Graessle is actively involved with the Jacksonville Bar Association and the Jacksonville community. He is an associate in the Florida Family Law American Inn of Court, frequently volunteers for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid’s “Ask a Lawyer” and “Lawyers in the Libraries” programs, and is an active member of the Appellate Practice and Young Lawyers Sections of the Jacksonville Bar Association. He is an alumnus of Leadership Jacksonville’s CLE and, along with lecturing high school students on trial practice, has served as a judge for the American Legion’s Oratorical Contest.