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LeavenLaw Honored by University of Florida

 

LeavenLaw Receives Gator100 Award from University of Florida
LeavenLaw Founder & CEO, Ian R. Leavengood (BS '95, MAcc '95, JD '00) with his wife and LeavenLaw Partner, Robin H. Leavengood (JD '01)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – LeavenLaw was named to the University of Florida’s 2017 Gator100 during a ceremony February 10th at University of Florida’s J. Wayne Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. 

Sponsored by the UF Alumni Association, in partnership with the UF Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center, the Gator100 recognizes the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or led by UF alumni.  Ernst & Young calculated each company’s compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) over the past three years to generate the ranking.

LeavenLaw, a professional service based law-firm that generates revenue by the billable hour was remarkably able to rank in the top 100 Gator-founded or lead companies in the world with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of just under 25%.

LeavenLaw is a consumer litigation firm that represents consumers in disputes concerning debt, credit, personal injuries & accidents, as well as worker’s compensation and employment law claims throughout the Tampa Bay area and the state of Florida.

LeavenLaw has been recognized as one of the Best Law Firms in America® by U.S News & World Report for its collective efforts in helping tens of thousands of Floridians with consumer related Gator100 Award from UFissues.   Ian R. Leavengood, Esq., LeavenLaw’s Gator founder and Chief Executive Officer, has personally been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America®, is a SuperLawyer, a member of Florida’s Legal Elite, and received the A-V Rating from Martindale Hubbell for his skill and ethics in the practice of law. Leavengood graduated from the University of Florida with his Bachelors and Master Degrees in Accounting from the Fisher School of Accounting in 1995, and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2000.

“Being recognized as one of the Gator100 is both a complete honor and a complete surprise.  Starting out fifteen years ago, I wouldn’t have imagined we could help so many consumers through so many tough times with enough repeat success to achieve this honor,” said Leavengood.  “It is a tribute to the attorneys and staff at LeavenLaw for all their hard work and dedication, succeeding in tough circumstances and many times against all odds.”  When asked to put the Gator100 in perspective in his professional career, Leavengood thought for a moment and laughed.  “Let’s just say as a business owner and entrepreneur, it’s my Heisman.”

“The Gator100 is a campus-wide initiative that recognizes the entrepreneurial spirit entrenched in the university,” said Timothy Walsh, the Executive Director of the UF Alumni Association and Assistant Vice President of Alumni Affairs. “UF Alumni have created and guided some of the most innovative and profitable businesses in the nation and world. The Gator100 celebrates the very best of our Gator Entrepreneurs.”

To qualify for the Gator100, companies must have been in business for five years or more as of October 1, 2016, and have had verifiable annual revenues of $250,000 or more in 2013. Additionally, a UF alumnus or alumna must have met one of the following three leadership criteria:

  1. Owned 50 percent or more of the company from Jan. 1, 2013, through Oct. 1, 2016;
  2. Served as company’s chief executive from Jan. 1, 2013, through Oct. 1, 2016; or  
  3. Founded the company and been active as a member of the most senior management team from Jan. 1, 2013, through Oct. 1, 2016.

View the full list of Gator100 honorees at www.gator100.ufl.edu.  To learn more about LeavenLaw, its services and how it can personally assist you, please visit www.LeavenLaw.com to learn more, or call 1-855-Leaven-Law to schedule a free initial consultation.

LeavenLaw Sues Bright House/Spectrum in Class-Action Over Illegitimate Fees

LeavenLaw recently sued Bright House/Spectrum and their parent company, Charter Communications, for allegedly unlawfully charging Florida consumers a Wi-Fi activation fee without a legitimate basis for doing so. More specifically, the class-action lawsuit alleges that Spectrum unlawfully charged former Bright House consumers with a $9.99 Wi-Fi “Activation Fee” even though all putative class members did not, in fact, activate any new Wi-Fi services.  

As alleged in the class-action, the Plaintiffs and members of the class already had Wi-Fi service through Bright House Networks before Charter Communications purchased Bright House last year. Charter rebranded Bright House as Spectrum, and Charter informed all Bright House legacy customers that they would not experience any new charges to their Spectrum accounts. According to the lawsuit, however, Spectrum nonetheless charged the named Plaintiffs—and potentially hundreds or thousands of Florida consumers—the $9.99 “activation” fee.  

Spectrum Bright House lawsuit

WTSP Channel 10 News interviewed LeavenLaw Senior Associate, Aaron M. Swift, Esq., about the class-action lawsuit against Spectrum and Charter. In the interview, which can be viewed above, Swift states, “this type of situation is the hallmark situation where you have a business potentially systematically and routinely taking advantage of Florida consumers.”  

If successful, the class-action lawsuit may entitle the class members to receive actual damages and up to $1,000.00 in statutory damages.  LeavenLaw is committed to fighting on behalf of Florida consumers when businesses violate the law. If you or someone you know have been charged unlawful or illegitimate fees—whether by service providers, debt collectors, hospitals, or credit card companies—contact LeavenLaw today for a free consultation. For more information, visit www.leavenlaw.com or call 1-855-LeavenLaw today.