After graduating law school nearly 20 years ago Sam Garrison and his wife Gayle planted roots in her hometown of Orange Park when Sam was offered a job in the State Attorney’s Office as a young prosecutor. Responsible for investigating and prosecuting capital, felony and misdemeanor criminal cases, Sam brought more than 70 jury trials to verdict during his 10 years serving the public as an Assistant State Attorney.
Sam comes from a long line of teachers and is the first lawyer in his family. He is a partner at the Orange Park law firm of Bradley, Garrison and Komando, P.A. and serves as general counsel for the Town of Orange Park and The Crossings at Fleming Island Community Development District (Eagle Harbor).
Sam’s community involvement is extensive. He worked with law enforcement to establish Clay County’s first rape crisis center and served as the Chairman of the Clay County Task Force on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. Sam was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Board of Trustees for St. Johns River State College, is a past president of the Clay County Bar Association and a member of JDRF’s North Florida Board of Directors.
A life-long Republican, Sam is a pro-life conservative whose faith is the center of his convictions and his motivation to serve the public. A founding member of Grace Anglican Church, he and his family are active in their congregation and long-time volunteers in programs such as Young Life. Sam also plays bass in his church’s worship band.
Sam married his college sweetheart, Gayle Simpson, in 1999, and they have two girls, MaryBeth (14) and Jane (12). In his spare time Sam enjoys being on the water, reading about American history and watching Jags football.