About the Firm
LeavenLaw is an AV® Preeminent™ rated law firm that traces its roots back to 1972 in
St. Petersburg, Florida to the late Honorable
Charles Richard Leavengood. The Law Offices of C. Richard Leavengood focused on Real Estate Law,
specifically Eminent Domain. For almost a decade, "Dick" built
a small but reputable practice serving Pinellas County's residents.
Former Chief Judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit,
The Late Honorable C. Richard Leavengood
After a brief stint in private practice, Dick ran for Circuit Court Judge
of the Sixth Circuit of Florida. Once elected, Judge Leavengood served
on the bench for almost twenty years, eventually serving as its chief
judge for more than a decade. After being appointed to the Supreme Court
as an interim Justice, Judge Leavengood was eventually defeated by Justice
Boyd in his campaign efforts for re-election to the State's Highest Court.
In June of 1978, after graduating from the University of Florida College
of Law, Judge Leavengood's son, Richard Timothy Leavengood, returned
home to join his father in the practice of law. Leavengood & Leavengood,
as the firm was then known, re-focused its efforts on serving the Tampa
Bay community's legal needs. For the next several years, this father
and son firm practiced in the areas of Real Estate, Wills, Trusts, Probate,
Estate Planning and Wealth Management. In 1980, Richard followed his father's
lead and decided to run for County Judge. At 27 years of age, however,
Richard was the inexperienced underdog, finishing third out of five candidates.
Returning to the practice of law, Richard decided to expand Leavengood
& Leavengood's practice areas by familiarizing himself with an
area of law new to the practice...an area that would eventually become
the firm's primary focus to this day:
Consumer Bankruptcy Law. Leavengood & Leavengood continued to serve the community until Dick
passed away in 1993.
In May 1995, Richard T. Leavengood's son,
Ian Richard Leavengood, graduated from the University of Florida's Fisher School with his
Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accounting. After two years working as
an internal business consultant for The Procter & Gamble Distributing
Company, Ian returned to the University of Florida to earn his law degree.
During his second stint at UF, Ian served as a Judicial Extern to The
Honorable Justice Ben F. Overton of the Supreme Court of State of Florida.
After graduating from the Levin College of Law in May of 2000, Ian took
a job for Deloitte & Touche, practicing the federal taxation of Mergers
& Acquisitions in New York City. For three years, Ian utilized both
his law and accounting degrees serving one of Wall Street's financial
pioneers and one of Deloitte's most influential and affluent clients
- the leveraged buy-out firm Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts.
After four years working in New York City, Ian returned home to St. Petersburg
to join his father in the practice of law. Charged with growing the practice,
Ian began to expand the firm's personnel, reach and areas of practice.
In 2004, Ian brought Christopher Charles Nash over from Akerman Senterfitt,
creating the foundation for the LeavenLaw firm.
Together, Richard, Ian and Chris re-branded the newly formed firm and expanded
the firm's legal reach to include
Commercial Litigation (business against business),
Debtor Rights & Collection Defense,
Family Law & Divorce,
Wills, Trusts, Probate & Estate Planning,
Real Estate & Title and
Personal Injury & Accident Litigation.
Since its inception, LeavenLaw has continued to grow, both in size and
scope of matters wherein it helps Florida's consumers. With the addition
of Richard Dauval, Michale Boyle and Andrew Meyer as shareholders of the
firm, LeavenLaw has continues to evolve and strengthen in its abilities.
As one of the largest consumer Bankruptcy files in West Central Florida,
LeavenLaw and its staff are very familiar in helping people with all aspects
of debt. Further, LeavenLaw helps consumers go on the offensive when times
Class Actions are a type of case where one person, a class representative, files a case
alleging wrongdoing not just on his or her behalf, but on behalf of other
consumers who have similarly been harmed. With the addition of Andrew
Meyer and his decade-long experience litigating consumer class actions
and multi-district litigation all across the country, LeavenLaw is uniquely
qualified to help Floridians with debt, credit and other consumers problems
. . . no matter how small the harm may seem to be. If you have the need
for counsel, please do not hesitate to call. It will be our pleasure to
LeavenLaw...Proudly Serving the Tampa Bay Area for Three Generations.
|Meeting of the Judicial Administration Committee of the Florida Bar. Gainesville,
FL circa 1958. Judge C. Richard Leavengood (2nd from Left) and Justice
Stephen C. O’Connell (center, seated at table)