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Leavengood Named to The Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers In America©

LeavenLaw Managing Shareholder Ian R. Leavengood was recently selected for inclusion into the 21st edition of The Best Lawyers In America© in the practice area of Litigation.

Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer-review. The methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area. Best Lawyers employs a sophisticated, conscientious, rational, and transparent survey process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services.

Leavengood's inclusion in Best Lawyers continues his string of peer and client recognition for legal ability and ethics in his profession.  "I am flattered to be recognized as one of the Bet Lawyers in America," said Leavengood when recently asked of his inclusion into the prestigious legal organization. "I will continue to try and serve my clients to the best of my ability and continue to earn the recognition that has been bestowed upon me."

Leavengood has also been named a SuperLawyer four times, a member of Florida's Legal Elite, and has received an A-V Rating from Martindale Hubbell.  For more information regarding Mr. Leavengood's credentials, please visit his bio page

Judge Nash Earns 99% Approval Rating in Bar Poll

Judge Chris Nash Former LeavenLaw Partner and current sitting Thirteenth Judicial Circuit County Judge, Chris Nash, recently received what is believed to be the highest overall approval rating from practicing attorneys in the Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA), both in terms of percentages and absolute overall votes.

Judge Nash was appointed to the Judicial Bench in June 2013 by Governor Rick Scott.  Due to the timing of his appointment, however, Judge Nash must seek election and is being opposed by attorney Norman Cannella, Jr.  In his campaign, Judge Nash has procured the endorsements of almost all of the major Tampa Bay organizations that weigh in on such races, including but not limited to, David Gee, Hillsborough County Sheriff and Julianne M. Holt, Public Defender of Hillsborough County, along with many Public Safety and Labor Organizations including Tampa Fire Fighters Union and West Central Florida Federation of Labor. What is perhaps most impressive, however, is the approval rating he garners from those in the profession and practicing before him.

Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA) Judicial Poll

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Judge Nash garnered 426 votes of Approval, with 333 for “Highly Approve” and only 4 for “Do not approve,” the highest and lowest in each respective category of all candidates.  "I am excited to have the support and confidence of so many members of the Hillsborough County Bar," said Judge Nash when questioned about the polling results. "I hope to keep up this momentum through Election Day on August 26th." 

Judge Nash's opponent, attorney Cannella, finished 11th out of the 12 judicial candidates evaluated by the HCBA, and received more votes disapproving of his efforts than approving.  The election is August 26, 2014.  Judge Nash appreciates all Hillsborough County voters support on Election Day.  Please contribute to Judge Nash's campaign efforts at