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James Preston Brunet

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About me

I am a retired JSO police officer, having proudly served with the agency for 25 years, the last 5 of which were as legal advisor to the agency.  I also proudly served for 6 years in the United States Navy as an electronics technician (surface warfare), which is how I ended up moving to Jacksonville in 1986.  I grew up as a Navy brat, and was fortunate to spend 9 years of my youth living in Europe (Germany, Scotland and Italy, where I graduated from high school). 

I am a pilot and aircraft owner, a scuba diver (former member of the JSO Dive Team) and avid cyclist - primarily mountain biking, but will do "roadie" stuff as well. 

I have also been the victim of a nearly fatal personal injury, when the police boat on which i was a passenger crashed into a bridge piling at 30 mph causing me to experience severe facial injuries and a broken neck.  So, when I tell my injured clients that I know what they are dealing with, I really mean it! 


Languages spoken: Russian

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
  2. Family: 30%
  3. Litigation: 25%
  4. Appeals: 5%



Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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The Brunet Firm, LLC

225 E Church St
Jacksonville, FL, 32202-3131


FLMember in Good Standing200509/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Dean's ScholarFlorida Coastal School of Law2005
Semi-finalistOrseck Moot Court Competition2004
Reserve Officer of the YearJacksonville Sheriff's Office1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/ManagerThe Brunet Firm, LLC2012 - Present
Officer/Legal AdvisorThe Jacksonville Sheriff's Office1986 - 2012
Electronics TechnicianUnited States Navy1981 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Justice AssociationMember2012 - Present
Jacksonville Justice AssociationMember2012 - Present
Florida Association of Police AttorneysPresident2007 - 2012
International Association of Chiefs of Police, Legal Officers SectionMember2007 - Present
Florida Sheriffs Association, Legal Officers SectionMember2007 - 2012
Florida BarMember2005 - Present
Jacksonville Bar AssociationMember2005 - 2012
Chester Bedell American Inn of CourtBarrister2004 - Present
Fraternal Order of PoliceMember1986 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Tractor-trailer rear end crashReceived very favorable settlement for clients
tractor-trailer car crashReceived a very favorable settlement r
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North FloridaPublic AdministrationMPA2015
Institute of Analytic InterviewingAnalytic InterviewingCertificate2010
Florida Coastal School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
University of North FloridaCriminal Justice/Political ScienceBachelor's Degree1998
Florida Community College at JacksonvilleLaw EnforcementPolice Certification1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Panel discussionMilitarization of the police2015