General Counsel James Pimentel
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. Mr. Pimentel has served as General Counsel to Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil since January 2017. In his over 2 decades of practice as an attorney, Mr. Pimentel is experienced in numerous areas of the law. As General Counsel, he provides legal assistance to the entire agency, the command staff, and to the Sheriff. Jim serves as a member of the Command Staff, and responds on-scene to high liability incidents.
Mr. Pimentel earned his Bachelor of Science in Political Science, summa cum laude, 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 an Ensign in the United States Navy. Mr. Pimentel served on active duty from 1988 until 1994. He qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer and served as the Boat Group Commander and Combat Information Center Officer aboard USS El Paso (LKA-117), an amphibious warfare ship, from 1989 through 1993, where he was promoted to Lieutenant. Mr. Pimentel next served aboard USS Dale (CG-19), a guided missile cruiser, as Assistant Operations Department Head, from 1993 to 1994. After leaving active duty in 1994, Mr. Pimentel served in the Naval Reserve and was promoted to Lieutenant Commander, and was later selected for promotion to Commander. Mr. Pimentel was recalled to Active Duty for one year following the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks, and he deployed outside of the United States. During his military service, Mr. Pimentel received 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, the NATO Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, and the Naval Reserve Medal with Mobilization “M” device. Mr. Pimentel also received two Battle Excellence ribbons, and received three Sea Service Deployment ribbons. He also earned the Expert Rifle and Expert Pistol Medals.
Mr. Pimentel has further served his community by volunteer service with the Florida Bar. Mr. Pimentel has served two terms on a Florida Bar Grievance Committee, which investigates complaints against attorneys. Mr. Pimentel served as Vice Chair of the Committee during both terms. Mr. Pimentel also served on a Florida Bar Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee.
Mr. Pimentel is an Eagle Scout, a Life Member of the National Eagle Scout Association (“NESA”), and is the proud father of an Eagle Scout. As an active adult leader with the Boy Scouts of America, Mr. Pimentel has received a District Award of Merit, the Silver Beaver Award, and the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award.