Jon E. Lemole

Jon E. Lemole

Sarasota, Florida
Everything the Power Does, It Does In a Circle
-Lakota Proverb

They say great litigators are born, not made.  While a lawyer can learn trial skills, there’s a certain innate sense to the best trial lawyers.  To begin with, you have to thrive on the contrarian, and you have to love a good fight.
My dad was a trial lawyer.  More precisely, a criminal defense attorney.  One of the best in New York.  Suffice it to say, trial tactics and cross-examination were a regular part of my life growing up.  I learned to appreciate the greats, such as William Kunstler, Herald Price Fahringer and Gerry Spence.

After college, I followed in his footsteps, and became a licensed attorney in 1991.  I started with a large New Jersey firm, Archer & Greiner, working as an associate in their prestigious Environmental Litigation practice.  It was there that I learned the basics of complex, multi-party litigation.

I opened my own litigation practice in New York City in 1994.  My firm handled criminal defense, civil and commercial litigation, securities arbitration and civil liberties cases.  I also developed a passion for helping business owners and entrepreneurs succeed.  My firm has done a variety of consulting and planning for businesses, both startups and established brands.

In 2006 I moved to Sarasota, Florida, scaling back my practice to devote more time to my family.  This turned out to be a prescient decision as soon after our move, my beautiful wife Rita was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer that ultimately took her life three years later.  I am glad to have had that time to spend with her, in a place that she loved, and close to extended family.

Nevertheless, to supplement my now part-time law practice in New York, I became a Financial Advisor with a Fortune 100 financial services firm in Sarasota.  I must have been doing something right because only 2 years after joining, I was asked to take on a management role, ultimately becoming a managing director for the Southwest Florida market, as well as a Registered Principal and head of the firm’s small business planning initiative.

In 2016, desiring the autonomy of being a passionate fighter for people again, I left that organization and embarked on a path of rebuilding my law practice, and becoming a licensed attorney in Florida.  I am proud to now represent clients in Florida and New York under the banner of the Tannenbaum Scro law firm based in Sarasota, FL.

I am an ardent student of history, with a particular interest in the Native American experience in North America.  Like the saying at the top of this page, I believe that it’s a round world.  We get back what we give.  My practice will always strive to be a force for positive change in our community, stand up for causes that support the rights of consumers, and protect the “little guys”.

Having the fortune of finding love again, I share my Osprey, FL home with my partner, Kimberly, and our 4 children.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction law and litigation matters
  • Business law and commercial litigation cases
  • Investor Protection and Securities Arbitration
  • Community Association Law

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1991
  • Villanova University
    • B.A. - 1988
    • Major: Philosophy

Published Works

  • From Katz to Greenwood: Abandonment Gets Recycled from the Trash Pile – Can Our Garbage Be Saved from the Court’s Rummaging Hands?, 42 Case W. Reserve Law Rev. 581 (1991)

Past Employment Positions

  • Archer & Greiner, Associate