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Leanna Jane Smith

Leanna Jane Smith

 
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence...
  • Florida, Florida
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Lawyer Rating and Reviews
Legal Knowledge
5.0/5.0
Legal Analysis
5.0/5.0
Communication Skills
5.0/5.0
Ethics and Professionalism
5.0/5.0
Kayla Hathaway
Reviewed by Kayla Hathaway August 28, 2020
Rating: 10 Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
It isn't fun to find yourself in need of a criminal defense but if you do, go see Leanna. She doesn't just "dabble" in criminal defense, it's all she does. When you hire Leanna, you're hiring an esteemed professional that is respected by other lawyers and judges. She brings decades of experience in criminal defense and will go above and beyond for your defense.
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Q. How do you know this lawyer?
  • Current or Former Co-Worker/Colleague
  • Friend

I met Leanna when I was a young prosecutor with only a year of experience. At that time Leanna had over two decades of practice experience, most as a criminal defense attorney. She had many clients and our relationship began as that of opposing counsel. I was immediately impressed with her ability to present her client's cases in a way that left no other option than to resolve them with the outcome she suggested.

Q. In the cases you were involved in with this attorney, which of the following apply?
  • Opposing Client

I was previously a prosecutor and Leanna practices criminal defense

Q. When did you work with this lawyer?
Opposing counsel from 2013-current
Q. Was this lawyer an effective advocate/counselor and why?
Yes

Leanna's ability to see an entire case at the outset is unparalleled. She can identify strengths and weaknesses of a case right up front which provides extremely effective representation for her clients.

Q. Please rate this lawyer on the following:

Legal Knowledge: Excellent

Leanna has almost three decades of legal experience, dedicated almost entirely to the practice of criminal law. In that time she has amassed an immense knowledge in this area.

Legal Analysis: Excellent

Leanna is able to assess legal issues quickly and explain them to her client an opposing counsel in a way that is forthcoming and zealous on behalf of her client

Communication Skills: Excellent

Leanna is dedicated to hearing her clients concerns and responding with compassion.

Ethics and Professionalism: Excellent

Leanna is selective about the cases she accepts. This allows her to provide top notch representation for her clients. She is undeterred in the face of opposition and works tirelessly on her client's cases. She has also built an unblemished reputation of trustworthiness in her practice community. Other lawyers know that Leanna's word on behalf of her clients can be "taken to the bank"

Q. For which practice area(s) would you recommend this lawyer?
Criminal Defense
Q. Which of the following skills does this lawyer possess?
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing
  • Litigation
  • Mediation
  • Negotiation
  • Oral Argument
  • Problem Solving
  • Trials
Q. I would recommend this lawyer to my family and friends
Yes
Carlos J. Vidal-Collazo
Reviewed by Carlos J. Vidal-Collazo August 27, 2020
Rating: 10 Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
I was impressed by Ms. Smith the first time I saw her in a courtroom. She quickly demonstrated that she was a force to be reckoned with, tenacious, bright, and able to handle difficult cases with poise. She is a person of action and routinely accomplishes great outcomes.
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Q. How do you know this lawyer?
  • Current or Former Co-Worker/Colleague
  • Friend

Ms. Smith and I worked as opposing counsel on numerous cases during my time as a prosecutor. Upon leaving the State Attorney's Office, I started working with her as Of Counsel. We have developed an excellent friendship an mutual respect over the past 10 years.

Q. In the cases you were involved in with this attorney, which of the following apply?
  • Same Client
  • Opposing Client

Our initial involvement during representation of opposing clients. We joined forces five years ago and together represent the same clients.

Q. When did you work with this lawyer?
2011-2016 as opposing counsel, 2016 to present as co-counsel.
Q. Was this lawyer an effective advocate/counselor and why?
Yes

Ms. Smith excels at providing peace of mind to her clients. She is able to effectively explain which concerns are relevant, and to guide her clients through informed decisions. She is an excellent advocate and negotiator, and great at handling witnesses and presenting argument.

Q. Please rate this lawyer on the following:

Legal Knowledge: Excellent

Ms. Smith has over 20 years of experience. She has dealt with a plethora of criminal investigations and I routinely staff cases with her for input and ideas when developing defense strategies.

Legal Analysis: Excellent

Ms. Smith is able to review a case and immediately pinpoint which issues will raise legal challenges as well as which factual allegations can be effectively contested.

Communication Skills: Excellent

Ms. Smith continuously shows great communication skills - be it during our briefings, when showing a prosecutor a flaw in their case while maintaining an amicable atmosphere, or when counseling our clients.

Ethics and Professionalism: Excellent

Throughout my 10 years in practice, Ms. Smith has always exhibited great professionalism. Once we started working together in 2016, I was able to fully appreciate her outstanding ethics and she has become a source of guidance.

Q. For which practice area(s) would you recommend this lawyer?
Criminal defense
Q. Which of the following skills does this lawyer possess?
  • Client Relations
  • Collaboration
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Document Review
  • Drafting
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Financial Literacy (handling client funds)
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing
  • Litigation
  • Negotiation
  • Oral Argument
  • Problem Solving
  • Pro Bono and Community Services
  • Trials
  • Use of Technology
Q. I would recommend this lawyer to my family and friends
Yes
Tonya Cromartie
Reviewed by Tonya Cromartie August 27, 2020
Rating: 10 Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
I have known Leanna for over twenty years. She is an amazing lawyer and person.
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Q. How do you know this lawyer?
  • Current or Former Co-Worker/Colleague

We worked together during our tenure as Assistant State Attorneys.

Q. In the cases you were involved in with this attorney, which of the following apply?
  • Same Client

We both represented the State of Florida

Q. When did you work with this lawyer?
1998-2003
Q. Was this lawyer an effective advocate/counselor and why?
Yes

She is an awesome trial attorney and negotiator. She gets great results for her clients.

Q. Please rate this lawyer on the following:

Legal Knowledge: Excellent

She utilizes technology and treatises to keep her on the cutting edge of legal research.

Legal Analysis: Excellent

Her ability to apply the law to the facts is second to none.

Communication Skills: Excellent

She is articulate, effective, and almost too responsive to clients.

Ethics and Professionalism: Excellent

Leanna is always professional and is known for a maintaining her ethics throughout difficult litigation.

Q. For which practice area(s) would you recommend this lawyer?
Criminal law
Q. Which of the following skills does this lawyer possess?
  • Client Relations
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Document Review
  • Drafting
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Financial Literacy (handling client funds)
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing
  • Litigation
  • Negotiation
  • Oral Argument
  • Problem Solving
  • Trials
  • Use of Technology
Q. I would recommend this lawyer to my family and friends
Yes