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 Ciry in 1994, opening my own litigation practice in New York City.  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