Immediately after law school Jonathan returned to Southwest Florida in 2007 and accepted appointment as an Assistant State Attorney. After trying eight cases in a little over a month, Jonathan was one of very few prosecutors in the State to be sent to the rigorous Gerald T. Bennett Prosecutor/Public Defender Trial Training at the University Of Florida College Of Law. He was soon promoted to the Glades County position where he prosecuted a variety of cases ranging from misdemeanor to murder.
His first experience working with a personal injury attorney came while working a case involving a crash where he filed six counts of DUI manslaughter against a tractor-trailer driver. After taking that case to trial, the defendant was found guilty on all six counts of DUI manslaughter and sentenced to 60 years in prison. While working with the attorneys for the victims’ families, Jonathan learned the importance of having a civil attorney who understands the intricacies of both the civil and criminal justice systems.
While prosecuting numerous career criminals, murderers, and working extensive investigations with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, Jonathan learned various techniques and skills that allowed him to uncover the smallest details of a case that many times became the most important piece of evidence. He attended an intensive DUI/ vehicular manslaughter seminar alongside the top traffic homicide investigators from state and local law enforcement agencies. Among other subjects, it provided thorough instruction on how the traffic experts collect evidence and use complicated, but mathematically sound, formulas to determine who is at fault. He also served on an Identity Fraud Task Force with the Internal Revenue Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Department of Justice along with other law enforcement agencies between the Fort Myers and Tampa areas.
The focus of Jonathan’s career has been to give back to his community by advocating for Constitutional principles and helping those who have been harmed by others. Outside of the courtroom, he is extremely active in serving both the legal community and SWFL at large. He is an Eagle member of the Florida Justice Association, a member of the Lee County Bar Association, a past president of the Hendry/Glades Bar Association, has presented continuing legal education courses to lawyers and paralegals, was appointed by Governor Rick Scott and again by Governor Ron DeSantis to serve on the Florida SouthWestern State College Board of Trustees, speaks often in high schools and colleges, served on the board of directors at a local private school, spoken frequently on legal and political issues affecting SWFL to numerous charitable and political groups as well as on television and radio (WINK-TV, NBC-2, ABC-7, FOX 4, 92.5 Fox News, and WGCU – PBS &NPR), and has been a frequent judge of moot court and appellate competitions at Ave Maria School of Law.