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Thomas J. Leek

Thomas J. Leek

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Location:
Daytona Beach, Florida
Phone:
386-323-9210
Fax:
386-944-7954
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Mr. Leek is the president and managing partner of the firm, and has been practicing labor and employment law and business and commercial litigation for nearly 20 years. He is rated an AV Preeminent lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, and was named one of Florida's Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine in 2012. Mr. Leek practices in federal and state courts all over Florida and across the United States. His list of clients includes the world's largest flooring manufacturer, the sixth largest insurance agency, the world's No. 1 aeronautical and engineering university, hospitals, doctors, manufacturers, developers, distributors, municipalities and many more. In 2011, Brown & Brown, Inc., a client of Mr. Leek, recognized him with its highest award for superior results in litigation by outside counsel.

In 2016, Mr. Leek was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, serving the state and the constituents of District 25. Representative Leek quickly earned his stripes, earning the Distinguished Advocate Award from the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Legislator of the Year Award from the Associated Bill & Contractors, on his way to passing 5 of his 6 filed bills. Prior to his time in the Florida Legislature, Mr. Leek was appointed by the board of trustees to a select strategic planning committee of the University of Central Florida in 2015 to shape the university's strategic plan for decades to come. Mr. Leek has served as chairman or president of numerous civic organizations, including the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement of Volusia County, the Downtown Business & Professional Association, and many more.

Mr. Leek is married to Michelle, and they have two beautiful daughters.

Hear Mr. Leek Argue The effect of Sovereign Immunity on Florida's workers' compensation retaliation statutes in the Florida Supreme Court.

Noteworthy Experience

  • Chief Legislative Aide to The Honorable William E. Sublette, Florida House of Representatives, District 40
  • Appeared before the Florida Supreme Court on April 6, 2010, in the case of Charlene Bifulco v. Patient Business and Financial Services, Inc.
  • Litigates business and employment matters nationally, and has been admitted pro hac vice in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and New Jersey.
  • Pre-litigation employment dispute resolution attorney for Lennar Corporation: 2006-2009.
  • National litigation counsel for certain product claims for Mohawk Industries: 2015 - Present

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Education Law
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Sunshine and Public Records Law
  • Trial Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1997
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida
    • J.D. cum laude - 1997
  • University of Central Florida
    • B.A. - 1992

Honors and Awards

  • Victor O'Whele Trial Advocacy Award
  • Peacemaker Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy Presented by Brown & Brown Insurance
  • Florida Trend Magazine's "Legal Elite", 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Daytona Regional Area Chamber of Commerce, Immediate Past Chairman, 2011
  • Junior Achievement, Local chapter, Chairman
  • Daytona Beach Partnership Association, Past President
  • Central Florida Legal Services, Inc. , Former Board Member
  • American Red Cross, Local Chapter, Former Board Member
  • Leadership Daytona Class XX, Graduate
  • Daytona Community Foundation, Chairman
  • Checkered Flag Committee