Nina A. Kannatt, Esq. represents our firm in the northeastern part of the state (Jacksonville and all surrounding counties including Duval, St. Johns, Flagler, Nassau and Clay). Nina brings a powerful, passionate and understanding voice to a largely unrepresented area of the state.
Nina hails from New York. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985 with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. In 1988 she graduated from Villanova University School of Law. Nina then returned to New York and began practicing law concentrating in all areas of Defense Litigation. Several years later she moved to California and continued as a litigator. Her true interest at the time was Environmental law and she was fortunate to obtain a position with the Department of the Army where she was responsible for managing a multi-million dollar environmental cleanup of a military base in the San Francisco Bay area.
In 1996 Nina took a short break from the work force to spend time with her newborn son. Eight years later and with two more children, she was enlightened to the needs of children and families with special needs. Nina states that, “through her children’s school experiences and activities I met many families who where frustrated as they struggled to get the local schools to address the needs of their children. These families often felt like they had nowhere to turn to for help. I know as a parent how hard it is to watch your child struggle and my heart aches when I hear the stories of children who struggle. I decided that it was time to use my skills to help.” Consequently, she became an advocate for families with children with special needs in education in the Jacksonville area.
In 2007 Nina was admitted to the Florida Bar and shortly thereafter opened a Special Education Law Practice. Nina feels fortunate to have met Mark Kamleiter at a COPPA conference where he graciously offered to mentor and assist her with her work. Nina states that, “It quickly became clear that working as a team we can help more families than either of us can on our own. I am delighted to be part of the SELA team as the individuals on our team have so many unique and varied experiences that allow us to serve our clients more effectively than any one individual can. I look forward to the opportunity to make a difference in the life of each child and family that I work with.”