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Ian Richard Leavengood

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  Ian R. Leavengood
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Attorney Leavengood has received the AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale Hubbell and has been inducted into the Million Dollar Advocate Forum. He is the founding and managing shareholder at LeavenLaw and is dedicated to serving consumers throughout the State of Florida.


Ian is a native Floridian, born and raised in St. Petersburg. After receiving his Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees in Accounting from the University of Florida, Ian worked as an internal business consultant for The Procter & Gamble Distributing Company. Ian returned to the University of Florida, entering the Levin College of Law in the fall of 1997. During his second stint at UF, Ian served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Justice Ben F. Overton of the Supreme Court of the State of Florida. After receiving his Juris Doctor in the spring of 2000, Ian went to Manhattan where he joined Deloitte’s Special Acquisition Services, a team that exclusively serviced all merger and acquisition activity for the leveraged buyout firm Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts. Ian returned to St. Petersburg in the summer of 2003 to join and help expand the firm you see today.

Ian manages the Firm and chairs its Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation departments. Ian is married to another member of the Florida Bar, Robin H. Leavengood, and is a proud father of Vivian, Luke, Margaret and Nicholas Leavengood.


  • University of Florida, B.S. (Accounting, 1995)
  • University of Florida, Masters (Accounting, 1995)
    • University of Florida Hall of Fame
    • Florida Blue Key
    • Director, Preview Orientation Program
    • Executive Vice-President. Florida Cicerones
    • Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity
  • University of Florida, J.D. (Law, 2000)
    • Judicial Extern to the Honorable Justice Ben F. Overton, Supreme Court of the State of Florida


  • Florida Board of Accountancy, Certified Public Accountant, 1996
  • Florida Bar, Attorney, 2005
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Judicial Nominating Commission, Sixth Circuit
    • Appointed by Governor Rick Scott, April 2015
    • Vice Chairman, 2016
    • Chairman, 2017
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Florida Licensed Real Estate Associate, 2012

Court Admissions

  • Florida Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Community Involvement

  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Board of Trustees
    • Trustee, 2015 - present
  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Law Alumni Council
    • President, 2012 - 2013
  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Book Award Sponsor
    • Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Remedies, 2007 - present
  • Northeast Little League
    • Board of Directors
    • Secretary
    • Coach of the Year, 2022
  • Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, Alpha Omega Chapter
    • Board of Trustees, 2015 - present
  • Gotham Gators, University of Florida New York City Alumni Association
    • President, 2001 - 2003
    • Most Outstanding Member, 2003
  • Leadership St. Petersburg
    • Class of 2007 Graduate
    • Planning Committee 2008 to 2012
  • St. Peter’s Episcopal Cathedral, Stewardship Committee
  • St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church, Member

Awards & Honors

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum™
  • AV® Rated, Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America®
  • Florida Legal Elite
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2011, 2012, 2014 - 2022
  • Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • The Florida Bar Annual Convention, June 2016
    • "At the Corner of Technology and Consumer Law," TCPA Panelist
  • The Florida Bar, FDCPA and Collecting the Judgment, October 2012
  • National Business Institute
    • Bankruptcy Implications on Collections, November 2012
    • Ethics, November 2012
  • Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association, Unlawful Debt Collection
  • Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Unlawful Debt Collection
  • Mecklenburg County (NC) Bar Association, Pitfalls of Technological Debt Collection, April 2014

Notable Cases & Opinions

  • Kelliher v. Target National Bank, 826 F. Supp. 2d 1324 (M.D. Fla. 2011) >>
  • Schmidt v. Regions Bank, N.A. (Class Action) >>
  • Bruce v. Ocwen Loan Servicing, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 147897 >>
  • Campanale v. Capital One >>
  • Dauval v. MRS, BPO >>
  • McCurdy v. Wells Fargo, Law Offices of Douglas C. Zahm (Class Action) >>
  • Martin v. Butler & Hosch, P.A. (Class Action) >>
  • Narvaez v. Law Offices of Antonio Duarte, III, P.A. (Class Action) >>
  • Lieber v. Bank of America (Class Action) >>
  • Bray v PNC Bank, N.A. >>
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