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Jonathan Zisser was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. His father, Elliot Zisser, and uncle, Barry Zisser, are the two senior partners in the firm. His mother, Carolyn Zisser, also has a successful law practice in Neptune Beach. He has one sister, Alison, who is a graduate student at the University of Florida. Growing up in Atlantic Beach, Jonathan attended the Bolles School and then Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. At Vanderbilt Jonathan majored in Geology and minored in American Politics. He was a four year letterman on the varsity cross country and track teams and a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.

After graduating from Vanderbilt in 1997, Jonathan attended law school at Vermont Law School in South Royalton, VT where he focused on environmental law. He was active both with the moot court and environmental moot court teams all three years and spent a semester interning in Washington, D.C. at the Ocean Conservancy. At the Ocean Conservancy Jonathan focused on efforts to bring all coastal states into compliance with the Coastal Zone Management Act and on litigation involving the Clean Water Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

After graduating from law school in 2000 Jonathan moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue a career in environmental law. Once in Washington he began working as an associate at Defender's of Wildlife, an environmental non-profit group where he continued his focus on Endangered Species Act litigation. Jonathan also worked as an associate at the Rotbert Law group, a boutique firm in Rockville, MD where he focused on environmental issues for clients in the state of Florida.

Jonathan moved home to Jacksonville in the winter of 2003 after accepting a position as an Assistant Public Defender for the Fourth Judicial Circuit. He switched gears from environmental law to criminal law and developed his skills as a trial attorney. Over the next 4 and a half years he represented thousands of clients in all aspects of criminal law, from minor 2nd degree misdemeanors, to DUI's, to serious 1st degree felonies, and tried over 30 jury trials. He received special recognition for the work he did representing his clients both in the Habitual Felony Offender divisions and Civil Commitment divisions.

In November 2007, Jonathan began practicing as an associate with Zisser, Robison, Brown, Nowlis, and Maciejewski. He will be continuing his focus in criminal law, criminal trials, and environmental law as well as practicing in the firm's specialty areas of matrimonial law and family law.

Jonathan is currently a member of the Florida Bar Association and Jacksonville Bar Association and will soon be a member of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He also serves on the Alumni Board of the Bolles School and the Young Leadership Division of the Jacksonville Jewish Federation. In his free time Jonathan enjoys the beach, cheering on the Jaguars, surfing, biking, and travelling to new and interesting locations


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 20%
    13 years
  2. Alimony: 20%
    9 years
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%
    13 years
  4. Divorce: 20%
    9 years
  5. Family: 20%
    9 years


Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Ian Thomas Weldon

    I have known and worked with Jonathan on several cases and can personally attest to his courtroom skills and abilities. He is very experienced in both criminal and family law. I would not hesitate to recommend him as he is both an aggressive and compassionate lawyer.


    Ian Weldon Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Jonathan. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Zisser Law, PLLC

121 West Forsyth Street #1000
Jacksonville, FL, 32202


FLMember in Good Standing200106/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Rising StarFlorida Super Lawyers2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorFlorida Coastal School of Law2014 - Present
AttorneyZisser, Brown, Nowlis & Cabrey, PA2007 - Present
PartnerZisser Law, PLLC2015 - 2016
Assistant Public Defender4th Judicial Circuit Public Defender's Office2003 - 2007
AttorneyDefenders of Wildlife2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Jacksonville Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Florida Family Law American Inn of CourtMember2005 - Present
Florida BarMember2001 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Vermont Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Vanderbilt UniversityGeologyN/A1997
Bolles High SchoolN/AN/A1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law ClinicFamily Law Matters2013