Board Certified Marital and Family Law Attorney in Lake County
As Lake County’s first and only Board Certified Marital & Family Law Attorney. J.J. has a passion for Christ, her family, her clients and her community. Her friendly demeanor and charisma makes her well loved among clients and colleagues alike. J.J.’s tenacity makes her a successful attorney. Her undying energy has her always on the move.
2004 – Board Certified in Marital and Family Law
2015 – Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
2020 – Judicial Nominating Commission Member
2003-2007 – Appointed by Governor Bush to the Fifth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. The Commission makes recommendations to the Governor as to which lawyers should be appointed Judge.
Member in Good Standing of The Florida Bar since 1991.
Graduate of Florida State University, College of Law.
Alumni Scholarship Recipient, 1989 and 1990.
Jurist Doctorate Degree, December 1990.
James Harold Thompson Scholarship Recipient, 1988.
Achievements and Qualification Highlights
Over 100 Jury and 500 Non-Jury trials.
Over 2,000 Criminal cases prosecuted.
Over 300 Civil Forfeiture cases Litigated.
1997 – Recipient of Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency Distinguished Service Award.
2003 – National Leadership Award.
2005-2006 – Family Law Section Chair’s Outstanding Service Award.
Past President, Family Law Section, Lake County Bar
Past Secretary, Lake County Bar Association (2000-2004)
Executive Council, Family Law Section, The Florida Bar
Past Co-Chair, Board Certification Review Course, Family Law Section, The Florida Bar
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Florida Bar Family Law Section, Rules Committee
Past Co-Chair, Adoption Committee, Family Law Section, The Florida Bar
Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida
Florida Bar Grievance Committee
Honorary Chairman, NRCC Business Advisory Counsel (2003)
U.S. Middle District Court of Florida
Citrus Hills Bible Church
April 2011 – Present
Dahl Family Law Group, P. A.,
1999 – April 2011
Law Office of J. J. Dahl, P. A., President of Clermont’s Premiere Family and Marital Law Office. Specializing in Dissolution of Marriage, Enforcement, Paternity and Step-Parent Adoption.
1998 – 1999
Civil and Criminal Litigation Attorney, Law Office of Mary Ann Plecas, Tavares, Florida Developing and executing Civil caseload including Adoptions, Dissolution, Dependencies, Child Support and Custody, Landlord-Tenant, Construction Law, Trusts and Wills. Assist in preparation, maintenance and litigation of Criminal caseload. Office liaison to F. Lee Bailey in U. S. v. McCorkle.
1995 – 1998
Prosecutor, State Attorney’s Office, Tavares, Florida.
Felony Trial Attorney. Managed Felony Criminal Docket from initial Intake and Investigation through depositions, hearings, trial and post-conviction proceedings.Former assignments: Domestic Violence Prosecutor and Co-chair on Capital Murder Case.
1993 – 1995
Staff Attorney, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Orlando, Florida.
Litigated over 300 Forfeiture cases that produced annual Forfeiture income of $350,000.00 for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Provided legal counsel and training for the Sheriff, Executive Staff and 1400 Law Enforcement personnel regarding Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Labor Law and related matters.
1991 – 1993
Prosecutor, State Attorney’s Office, Orlando, Florida.