School Board Attorney's Office
The School Board Attorney's Office ("SBAO") is comprised of one full-time School Board Attorney and one Executive Secretary. In general, the School Board Attorney represents the School Board in aIl legal matters and serves as general counsel to the Superintendent and Administration. SBAO strives to provide sound and timely legal advice to the Board and Administration on all matters affecting the governance and operation of Clay County District Schools. Doing so, SBAO not only participates in and provides oversight of all litigation and administrative matters, but also takes part in policy development, contract development, and business transactions. Further, SBAO supplies general legal guidance, counseling, and support to school site and District department leadership on a daily basis.
School Board Attorney
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David D'Agata began his service as the Clay County School Board Attorney in April 2017. Prior to that, Mr. D'Agata practiced law in both boutique and international law firms as well as governmental legal offices, including the City of Jacksonville's Office of General Counsel. Throughout, his practice largely focused on general and commercial litigation and appeals, as well as education, administrative, and employment law. He also previously served as a judicial law clerk to United States Magistrate Judge, Gary R. Jones, and United States District Court Judge, Roy B. Dalton, Jr.
Mr. D'Agata has been a member of the Florida bar since 2003, having earned his J.D. and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law. He also earned his Ph.D. in Education Leadership from Barry University in 2002. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. D'Agata served for several years as a public school teacher in South Florida. Mr. D'Agata is a member of the Clay County Bar Association, the federal bar for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He is also a member of The Florida Bar's Education Law Committee and the Florida School Board Attorney's Association.