Proudly Serving the Tampa Bay Area for Three Generations
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.
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.
A Focus on Helping the Tampa Bay Community
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
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.
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Continuing a Legacy of Excellence
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.
The Next Generation
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:
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 are tough.
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.
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 serve.