Attorney Profile

J. Allison Archbold

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Allison moved to Florida from upstate New York when she was five. She attended high school at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, and college at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. After college, she fled the cold and returned to the Sunshine State to attend law school at the University of Miami. After law school Allison served for over eight years as a judge advocate in the United States Marine Corps and was stationed in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Okinawa, Japan. While in the Marine Corps, she learned that she loved assisting Marines and their families with their estate planning, so after leaving the Corps in 2006, she returned to the University of Miami to obtain a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Estate Planning. Upon graduation in 2007 she moved to Sarasota to work at Fergeson Skipper, P.A., where she remained until she started the Archbold Law Firm, P.A. at the end of 2017.

When not in the office, Allison spends her free time enjoys Sarasota’s rich arts and restaurants scene, visiting Selby Gardens, and spending time with her husband and “fur children.”

Allison Archbold, PA
J. Allison Archbold

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1997
  • Board Certified as a Specialist in Wills, Trusts, and Estates, 2011-present
  • Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1998
  • United States Supreme Court, 2018


  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida, LL.M. in Estate Planning – 2007
  • Expeditionary Warfare School, Quantico, Virginia – 2004
  • Naval Justice School, Newport, Rhode Island – 1998
  • The Basic School, Quantico, Virginia – 1998
  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida, J.D. cum laude – 1997
  • Law Review: University of Miami Law Review, Executive Editor
  • Officer Candidates School, Quantico, Virginia – 1996
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, A.B. – 1994
  • Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire – 1990

Published Works

  • “Retirement And Other Savings Accounts” (Co-Author) in Asset Protection In Florida, a volume published by The Florida Bar, Fifth Edition, 2018
  • ” ‘Till Death Do Us Part’ The Beneficiary Designation Legislation”, Co-Author, ActionLine, a publication of The Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, Winter 2013.

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. Marine Corps, Judge Advocate, 1998 – 2006
  • Fergeson Skipper, P.A., 2007-2017

Legal Honors and Awards

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers® in America (2017-2019)
  • 2017-2018 At Large Member of the Year, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, The Florida Bar
  • Bronze Pro Bono Award (2018), Legal Aid of Manasota
  • Class II, Florida Fellows Institute, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Executive Council, Member
  • The Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Florida Bar Journal Committee, Vice Chair
  • The Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Leadership Academy Scholarship Committee, Vice Chair
  • Sarasota County Bar Association, Health & Wellness Subcommittee, Co-Chair
  • Sarasota County Bar Association, Member and Former Director
  • Sarasota County Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate Section, Former Chair
  • Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council, Member
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Member
  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Board of Trustees, Trustee and Former Secretary and Treasurer
  • Cornell Club of Sarasota-Manatee, Member and Former Vice President
  • Cornell University Council, Member
  • Military Officers Association of Sarasota, Member

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