C. Richard Leavengood

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C. Richard Leavengood (1911 - 1995)

Former Shareholder

Practice Areas

  • Real Estate & Eminent Domain
  • Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning
  • Probate

Background

Richard, or "Dick" as he was known, was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, which is where he lived most of his civilian life. He received his Bachelor and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Florida. After a brief stint as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy, Dick practiced law in St. Petersburg before ascending to the bench of the Sixth Judicial Circuit in and for Pinellas County, Florida. Dick sat on the bench for almost twenty years, serving it as Chief Judge for over ten years. Judge Leavengood was then appointed to serve as an Interim Justice to the Supreme Court of the State of Florida. Unsuccessful in his re-election efforts against Justice Boyd of South Florida, Dick retired from the judiciary and began to practice law. In the beginning, he focused almost exclusively on Real Estate and Eminent Domain. Dick was eventually joined in practice by his son, Richard, forming Leavengood & Leavengood, a predecessor of the LeavenLaw firm that exists today. Dick was the father of seven children and a mentor to numerous attorneys and judges in West Central Florida, many of whom are still practicing to this day.

Education

  • University of Florida, B.S.
  • University of Florida, LLB.
    • Florida Blue Key
    • Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity

Professional

  • Florida Bar, Attorney, 1948
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
  • United States Navy, Lieutenant

Court Admissions

  • Florida Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court