Jonathan Blocker

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Jonathan M. Blocker joined the firm in 2013 as an associate attorney and concentrates his practice in the construction and commercial practice group.  Jonathan joined the firm following three years as an assistant state attorney for the Office of the State Attorney, Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida.   Working in both Orange and Osceola counties, he prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases and more than 25 jury trials to verdict for crimes of violence, burglary, and drug trafficking.

In 2009 Jonathan earned his law degree from the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law.  While there he  earned a Book Award in the Comparative Constitutional Law Seminar and competed on the winning team in the inaugural Griot Oratorical Competition.   Outside the classroom Jonathan served as president of the Black Law Students Association, member of the Law College Council, an editor for the Entertainment Law Review, and captain of the BLSA Mock Trial Team.  During the summers he clerked for the Honorable Adalberto Jordan, formerly of the Southern District Court of Florida in Miami, and the ACLU Capital Punishment Project.

An Orlando native, Jonathan graduated from Cypress Creek High School’s International Baccalaureate Program.  He attended Morehouse College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in psychology.  At Morehouse, Jonathan worked as a reporter and senior editor of The Maroon Tiger newspaper and a research assistant on a psychology study involving raiding behavior by primates.  His assistance with the research garnered Jonathan a Psi Chi Regional Research Award from the Psi Chi Honor Society for Psychology.

Jonathan actively participates in the legal community.  He is a member of the Orange County and Osceola County bar associations and active in the Paul C. Perkins bar associations where he formerly served as Parliamentarian.    Additionally, Jonathan is a member of the Code and Rules of Evidence Committee for The Florida Bar.  He also assists his law school as an alumni recruiter with the Alumni Matching Program.

In his local community Jonathan currently serves as a mentor with the College Bound Success program for teens.  Formerly, Jonathan worked with the YMCA Teen Achievers Youth-in-Government program wherein he coached students for annual moot court and legislative competitions in Tallahassee, Fl.  He also played base pan in the New Generation Branches Steel Orchestra, an award-winning local steel pan band. 

Jonathan is a voracious reader, particularly enjoys the genres of high fantasy, science, and speculative fiction. When not reading he enjoys recreational fishing and swimming.