Jenna Dianne Persons
Has built her practice around a dedication to our community and respect for the important role of local and state government. Upon graduating The George Washington University Law School, she returned home to Fort Myers to start her legal career. A sixth generation Lee County resident, she offers her clients a perspective that is rooted in knowledge of the intricate history of Southwest Florida, understands current policies and trends, and sees where future investment can add the greatest value. A proven advocate for her clients, including businesses, developers, property owners and citizens, she takes pride in her work and being a part of projects that will beneficially impact our community for decades to come.
Ms. Persons was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2008. She has served on the Lee County Bar Association Executive Committee and co-chairs the Association’s History Committee. She has been recognized as a Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star and was recently featured in Gulfshore Life Magazine as one of Southwest Florida’s young professional impact players.
A Fort Myers High School graduate, Ms. Persons received her undergraduate degrees in Government and Journalism from Evangel University, where she attended on a full scholarship to play tennis and was hired her senior year as the head women’s tennis coach. While at Evangel, Ms. Persons worked two years for U.S. Congressman Roy Blunt, then Majority Whip of the House of Representatives, coordinated volunteer efforts for the District’s Republican Party and managed a Missouri state representative’s campaign. Ms. Persons graduated Evangel with the honor of being named the Communication Department’s Outstanding Graduate. While at George Washington, Ms. Persons chaired the University’s chapter of the Republican National Lawyers Association. Ms. Persons was a candidate for Mayor of the City of Fort Myers in 2009. She received 33% of the vote in the September 2009 primary election.
Ms. Persons’ respect for public service and passion for the Lee County area stems from generations of investment and leadership in Southwest Florida. Her local lineage stems from John and Penelope Powell , who were one of the first settlors in Fort Myers, sailing up the beautiful Caloosahatchee River in 1867 and settling at the abandoned fort located in what is now the Fort Myers Downtown River District. When the government survey of the region was started in 1872, the Powells moved to the north side of river and established the first homestead in what became known as New Prospect and today is known as North Fort Myers. John Powell was appointed in 1882 by Governor William Bloxham to serve as Justice of the Peace for Monroe County and adjudicated cases in that position ranging from murder to debts owed. He was then elected to serve on the first Board of County Commissioners after the creation of Lee County in 1887. He also served as Deputy Clerk of the Registration Office for the 5th Election District, New Prospect, and as a Supervisor of the New Prospect School. A plaque hangs next to his photo outside the Lee County Commission chambers and reads in part that John Powell was “a dreamer and a doer and today his legacy lives on in the thriving community of North Fort Myers.”
Ms. Persons’ family continues to live, invest and remain active in Lee County. Ms. Persons’ grandmother, Myrtle Persons, was a much-beloved artist in Fort Myers. Her parents, Armor and Judy Persons, have helped grow the tennis community in Lee County, her father being one of the longest practicing tennis professionals in Southwest Florida.
- Founding charter member, Director and past Treasurer of the Tiger Bay Club of Southwest Florida
- Past member of the Executive Committee, Lee County Bar Association; past Secretary of the LCBA Young Lawyer’s Division
- Member, Building and Zoning Oversight Committee for the City of Fort Myers
- Past 3-year Chair of the Arts for ACT Fine Art Auction to benefit the Abuse Counseling & Treatment Center.
- Member, National Republican Lawyers Association
- Member, Real Estate Investment Society and Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce
- Past member of Calusa Inns of Court
- Past Treasurer of the Lee Republican Women’s Club
- Past Treasurer of Edison Kiwanis
- Past member of the Policy Committee for the REALTOR Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach
- Gulfshore Business 40 under 40, 2017
- Business Observer 40 under 40 , 2017