Arlisa Certain

Arlisa Certain is a native Floridian with a diverse legal career that spans over 20 years. Ms. Certain is a member of the firm’s special law practice group and assists the firm’s employment law and general school law teams. Throughout her legal career, Ms. Certain has represented various clients, including public school, employees and students in a myriad of issues including special education, general education, student discipline, employment matters, disciplinary proceedings, family, criminal and civil litigation.

As a student at the University of Florida, College of Law and Florida Education Fund Scholar, she participated in the Certified Legal Internship Program through the Public Defender’s Office in the 4th Judicial Circuit in the misdemeanor division. She shared in the distinction of “Best Team” in Trial Advocacy. Her non-academic interests also included participation in student mentoring, volunteering in the campus legal aid clinic, and the Volie A. William, Inn of Court.

Ms. Certain began her career in the appellate division of Public Defender’s Office for the 1st Judicial Circuit of Florida. Her trial advocacy skills were later enhanced in her assignment to the misdemeanor and felony divisions. After working for the Department of Children and Families, she began to focus on family law education law, and employment law. Ms. Certain has chaired or co-chaired at least 20 jury trials and 15 bench trials. In addition to her participation in jury trials she has also participated in over 60 appeals as lead counsel. Furthermore, she has presented oral arguments in the First and Third District Court of Appeals in Florida. Ms. Certain has volunteered through several endeavors, including as a Guardian Ad Litem where she represented children in delinquency and dependency matters.


University of Florida College of Law, J.D. 1998

Spelman College, Cum Laude, B.A. 1995

Florida Atlantic University, HR Management Certificate


State of Florida, 1999

Admitted in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Texas

​Admitted in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Florida


Texas Bar

Passed Bar Exam in April of 2019

Florida Bar

Member (1999- Present)

Orange County Bar Association

Member (2003-2007)

National Association of Trial Attorneys

Member (2005-2007)


CLE: Education Law Board Certification Exam Review: Civil Rights, Procurement, Facilities, Ethics, Employment Law, Sunshine Laws, and Intellectual Property (March 2016)

CLE: Education Law and Employment Decisions (January 2016)

CLE: “How to Handle an Employment Law Case” and “Vital Considerations for Today’s Employment Decisions (2012)