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Mr. Kamleiter, a board certified attorney in Eduction Law, is a graduate of Old Dominion University in Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and twenty-eight hours of Masters level History.  He graduated from the College of William and Mary (Marshall-Wythe School of Law-1978) in Virginia with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence.  He has completed additional course work at the University of South Florida to earn a teaching certificate in Special Education, Varying Exceptionalities.  Mr. Kamleiter has taught regular education (History, Geography, and Government) at the middle school and high school level and for several years taught a course in Law and Politics at the University of South Florida.  He taught in the Pinellas County School system for five years, teaching the profoundly mentally handicapped and the autistic and serving as a behavior specialist.  


Having practiced law in both Virginia and Florida, Mr. Kamleiter has established a law firm in St. Petersburg and is presently engaged in a legal practice, with a major part of his practice being reserved for the representation of children with disabilities in public education.  Mr. Kamleiter advocates for the appropriate education of children with disabilities throughout the State of Florida  He represents these children in educational planning, in Due Process Hearings and in Federal Court.


Being a long-time advocate for the rights of students with disabilities, Mark belongs to several disability related organizations.  He is the President of STAND (Statewide Advocacy Network on Disabilities) and is on the Executive Board of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates.  He is a frequent national speaker on issues related to the education and advocacy of children with disabilities.


Outside of his legal practice, Mark is a community activist.  Locally, he worked to promote the passage of the recent St. Petersburg Human Rights Ordinance. Mark is a past President of CASA (Center Against Spouse Abuse), a major non-profit providing spouse abuse shelter, transitional housing, education and counseling, among other services. 


Languages spoken: French

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Practice areas


  1. Education: 98%
    22 years, 1.85 thousand cases
  2. General Practice: 2%
    24 years, 400 cases



Hourly ($250-275/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jane Windsor

    I strongly endorse this lawyer. Mark is arguably the best in the state of FL in the area of Special Education Law. When I need guidance or clarification on the law or how best to approach a unique case -- Reaching out to Mark is the first call or email I make. He walks softly but carries a big stick.


    Jane Windsor Education Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Allison Louise Hertog

    I endorse Mark Kamleiter because he is a leading force in special education law in the State of Florida. He's thoughtful, dedicated and a pleasure to work with.


    Allison Hertog Education Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

Mark S. Kamleiter, Attorney

2509 First Avenue S.
St. Petersburg, FL, 33712-1105


FLMember in Good Standing199406/19/2016
VAAuthorized to practice law197803/11/2014
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Board Certied - Education LawFlorida Bar2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMark S. Kamleiter, Attorney1993 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of South Florida1991 - 1993
AssociateRobert R. Carter, Attorney at Law1978 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
Education Law Certification Committee - Florida BarMember2009 - Present
Florida Association of Special Education AttorneysFounding Member2006 - Present
Council of Parent Attorneys and AdvocatesBoard Member2001 - Present
Statewide Advocacy Network on Disabilities of Florida, Inc. (STAND)President1996 - Present
Community Action Stops AbusePast President2004 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
C.J. v. School Board of Marion CountySchool district was ordered to return the child to the D/HH class, with Autistic support
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Publication nameTitleDate
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, 10th Annual ConferenceEffective Advocacy2008
Fleur de Lys PublishingEffective Due Process Litigation (Book 300+ pages)2008
Lorman Educational ServicesStudent Discipline in Florida2007
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, 7th Annual ConferenceDiscipline and the Child with Behavioral Issues2005
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, 7th Annual Conference Problem-Solving and Obtaining Appropriate Educational Services for Children with Behavior Issues2005
Lorman Educational ServicesFamily Educational Rights and Privacy Act in Florida (FERPA)2003
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, 5th Annual ConferenceLitigating Residential Placements2003
14th Annual CHADD International ConferenceBehavior, Discipline and the Education of Children with ADHD2002
14th Annual CHADD International ConferenceADHD Educational Accommodations,” 2002
Eighteenth Annual Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the LawAD/HD and Legal Challenges2001
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, 4th Annual ConferenceParent as an Advocate in Special Education2001
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, 4th Annual ConferencePlanning for the future: Special Needs Trusts2001
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, 7th Annual ConferenceDue Process and Litigation 2000
12th Annual CHADD International ConferenceDue Process Strategies” — Legal Institute2000
12th Annual CHADD International ConferenceHow to Avoid Due Process and Get Your Child Services2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William & Mary Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Ohio Dominican UniversityEducation, concentrations - Hist., PoliSci, Geog, EconOther - Bachelors1971
Old Dominion UniversityMasters level work (26 hours) - HistoryN/AN/A
University of South Florida, Tampa, FloridaSpecial EducationCertification Work in Special Education (18 hours)N/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Partners in Policy MakingAdvanced Advocacy2011
ABC's of Special Education AdvocacySpecial Education Advocacy2009