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  • School Board Attorney The Legal Department is dedicated to providing high quality legal services to the School Board, Superintendent, Deputy Superintendents and District administrators. Our experienced staff provide timely counsel on complying with federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations, and School Board Policies. Thank you for visiting our site.


    About the School Board Attorney 

    Hired in 2014 as the first in-house attorney for the School Board of Marion County, Steven E. Lake serves as general counsel to the 5-member body and the Superintendent of Schools on all legal matters, including compliance with laws, charters, ordinances, regulations, and guidance. He attends all meetings of the School Board and is parliamentarian on Robert's Rules of Order.

    Now in his 30th year as an attorney, Mr. Lake renders a broad array of legal services on contract matters and related documents, as well as drafting and review of School Board Policies, the Code of Student Conduct, and general legal matters. He also handles administrative complaints brought by and against the School Board. His work both educates and guides administration, staff and teachers on often complex interpretations of state and federal law.

    In his role, Mr. Lake manages the Legal Department, which includes supervising the legal staff: paralegal Terri L. Brown and confidential secretary Kaysheila Welch.

    He previously served the Palm Beach County School District as Senior Counsel for Academics, and held a senior role for a state-wide education law firm in California representing School Districts in all special education and disability law matters, including the Capistrano, Oceanside, Riverside, and Pasadena Unified School Districts. He was also Editorial Director for LRP Publications, responsible for developing K-12 education websites, print products, webinars, and conferences for national School District audiences.

    Mr. Lake has authored scores of articles, case reviews, and pamphlets on a variety of general and special education topics, including publication of featured articles in the Florida and California Bar Journals. He authored The Answer Book on Special Education Practice & Procedure (2nd Ed.) (© LRP), in print continuously for the past 10 years.

    He is licensed to practice law in 3 states: Florida (2008); Massachusetts (1991); California (1987). Prior to law school, Mr. Lake served in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer on combatant ships in the Western Pacific.

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  • Steven E. Lake, School Board Attorney


    Terri Brown, Paralegal


    Kaysheila Welch, Confidential Secretary


    Voice: 352-867-2178

    Fax: 352-867-2180