General Counsel James W. Pimentel is a 1997 honors graduate of the University of Florida College of Law. From 1997 until 2004, Mr. Pimentel served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida. Mr. Pimentel prosecuted criminals on all levels of offenses from misdemeanors through capital felonies. From 2005 until 2017, Mr. Pimentel served as General Counsel for the Clay County Sheriff’s Office under three-term Sheriff Rick Beseler. In 2017, Mr. Pimentel was appointed by Sheriff Walt McNeil as the General Counsel for the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. In his over two decades of practice as an attorney, Mr. Pimentel is experienced in numerous areas of the law.
Prior to law school, Mr. Pimentel earned his Bachelor in Science in Political Science, with Highest Honors, from Northeastern University in Boston. Mr. Pimentel attended college on a full 4-year Navy ROTC Scholarship. Upon graduation in 1988, Mr. Pimentel was commissioned as a Naval Officer on active duty from 1988 until 1994. Mr. Pimentel qualified as a Navy Surface Warfare Officer and served tours in USS El Paso (LKA-117) and USS Dale (CG-19). Mr. Pimentel was also recalled to active duty following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. During his years of service, Mr. Pimentel was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and selected for promotion to Commander. Mr. Pimentel earned the Navy Commendation medal, four Navy Achievement Medals, two National Defense Service medals, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, Expert Rifle and Pistol medals, and numerous other service and campaign awards.