Loreal A. Arscott is a resident of the City of Miami Gardens, who was born and raised in the “Magic City”. She attended the Center for Legal and Public Affairs Law Magnet Program at Miami Carol City Senior High School. Ms. Arscott received a Bachelors of Art in both Political Science and English, while minoring in Psychology, in 2003, from the Florida State University. She then went on to receive her Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law in 2006.

In March of 2016, Ms. Arscott joined City of Miami Gardens, as the Assistant City Attorney. Prior to joining the City of Miami Gardens team, Ms. Arscott served as a litigation attorney in the Corporate Law Department of a major insurance company, primarily practicing insurance defense. Ms. Arscott initially dedicated her practice to Family and Dependency Law, serving the most vulnerable members of our society, our children, for several years as first a Program Attorney for the Guardian Ad Litem Program, and then as Division Chief for Florida’s Department of Children and Families’ Children’s Legal Services. Ms. Arscott has continued to serve as a pro bono Attorney and Attorney Ad Litem for Dependency cases since she left the area of practice in 2014.

Ms. Arscott is very active in the Florida Bar and in and her local community. She is a Past President of the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyer’s Association (GSCBWLA), having served two terms as President of the Association from 2015-2017. Ms. Arscott is also the President-Elect of the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association, and the Student Liaison of the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association. She is a member of the Florida Bar’s Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee; the City, County & Local Government Law Section; and the Eleventh Judicial Circuit’s Grievance Committee. Ms. Arscott has served on the Florida Bar’s Legal Needs of Children Committee, and has served in the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, where she was the Co-Chair of the Children Issues Committee; Guest Editor for the 2015 Winter Commentator (the first African American Woman Editor of this publication); 2013-2014 Secretary of the Publications Committee; 2013-2014 Legislation Committee Member; and recipient of both the Outstanding Service Award and Raising Star Award for the 2012-2013 Bar Year.

Locally, Ms. Arscott serves on the Professionalism Panel for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, and serves on the Board of Directors for the following organizations: Dade County Bar Association; Friends of the Miami-Dade County Public Library; PACE School for Girls, and KidSide, Inc. Ms. Arscott is also a member of the Spellman-Hoeveler Inns of Court, and the Miami-Dade County Chapter of Florida Association of Women Lawyers. Ms. Arscott is a founding member of the Judicial Diversity Initiative, a coalition of all of the Black Bar Associations in South Florida that is dedicated to effectuating diversity on the bench throughout South Florida. Ms. Arscott also serves as the Press and Media Liaison for this organization.

In September 2015, Ms. Arscott published “The State of the Bench: An Editorial”, a reflective piece analyzing the bench in Florida and calling for increased diversity in the Florida judiciary. Ms. Arscott has also published several other editorials since that time.

In April 2014, Ms. Arscott was awarded the Rising Star Award at the National Summit of Black Women Lawyers. In October 2017, Ms. Arscott was selected as a Legacy Magazine 40 Under 40 Honoree. In February 2018, Ms. Arscott was honored by the Dade County Bar Association during their black history month celebration as a “Rising Star.”