LeavenLaw (St. Petersburg, Florida)


Law Firm in St. Petersburg, FL
LeavenLaw is a law firm that has prided itself on serving the Tampa Bay area's legal needs for three generations.

About This Firm

About This Firm
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LeavenLaw is a law firm that has prided itself on serving the Tampa Bay area's legal needs for three generations.

Our Focus & Mission

Tracing its roots back to 1972, the attorneys at LeavenLaw are experienced in both litigation and transactional matters, both in State and Federal Court. Drawing upon a wide array of education and experience, the firm is dedicated to helping its clients in a wide variety of contexts, including consumer bankruptcy law, as well as in criminal defense, DUI defense, business disputes & litigation, business formation, family law, personal injury and wills, trusts & probate. At LeavenLaw, it is our mission to provide unparalleled client service to the Tampa Bay community by thoroughly understanding our clients' needs and providing compassionate, personalized, accurate and affordable representation.

Results-Oriented Practice

LeavenLaw stresses - and its clients rightfully expect - the best possible results under the circumstances. To that end, the Firm employs innovative, pragmatic strategies coupled with hard work and accountability. LeavenLaw recognizes that its success depends on close coordination with and the satisfaction of its clients.

Our attorneys regularly meet with clients to set objectives and base their commitment to service on developing an intimate knowledge of each client's needs and objectives. We seek long-term, partnering relationships with clients, striving to provide the best total solution to their specific needs. Our primary practice areas focus on bankruptcy and creditor rights & collections in the Sam Gibbons US Federal Courthouse.

Call us today or use our online inquiry form and a member of our professional staff will respond to your inquiries as soon as possible. We look forward to serving you soon.

LeavenLaw traces its roots back to 1972 in St. Petersburg, Florida to the late Honorable Charles Richard Leavengood. The Law Offices of C. Richard Leavengood focused on Real Estate Law, specifically Eminent Domain. For almost a decade, "Dick" built a small but reputable practice serving Pinellas County's residents.

After a brief stint in private practice, Dick ran for Circuit Court Judge of the Sixth Circuit of Florida. After being elected, Judge Leavengood served on the bench for almost twenty years, eventually serving as its chief judge for more than a decade. After being appointed to the Supreme Court as an interim Justice, Judge Leavengood was eventually defeated by Justice Boyd in his campaign efforts for re-election to the State's Highest Court.

In June of 1978, after graduating from the University of Florida College of Law, Judge Leavengood's son, Richard Timothy Leavengood, returned home to join his father in the practice of law. Leavengood & Leavengood, as the firm was then known, re-focused its efforts on serving the Tampa Bay community's legal needs. For the next several years, this father and son firm practiced in the areas of Real Estate, Wills, Trusts, Probate, Estate Planning and Wealth Management. In 1980, Richard followed his father's lead and decided to run for County Judge. At 27 years of age, however, Richard was the inexperienced underdog, finishing third out of five candidates.

Returning to the practice of law, Richard decided to expand Leavengood & Leavengood's practice areas by familiarizing himself with an area of law new to the practice. . . an area that would eventually become the firm's primary focus to this day: Consumer Bankruptcy Law. Leavengood & Leavengood continued to serve the community until Dick passed away in 1993.

In May 1995, Richard T. Leavengood's son, Ian Richard Leavengood, graduated from the University of Florida's Fisher School with his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accounting. After two years working as an internal business consultant for The Procter & Gamble Distributing Company, Ian returned to the University of Florida to earn his law degree. During his second stint at UF, Ian served as a Judicial Extern to The Honorable Justice Ben F. Overton of the Supreme Court of State of Florida. After graduating from the Levin College of Law in May of 2000, Ian took a job for Deloitte & Touche, practicing the federal taxation of Mergers & Acquisitions in New York City. For three years, Ian utilized both his law and accounting degrees serving one of Wall Street's financial pioneers and one of Deloitte's most influential and affluent clients - the leveraged buy-out firm Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts.

After four years working in New York City, Ian returned home to St. Petersburg to join his father in the practice of law. Charged with growing the practice, Ian began to expand the firm's personnel, reach and areas of practice. In 2004, Ian brought Christopher Charles Nash over from Akerman Senterfitt, creating the foundation for the LeavenLaw firm as it exists today. Chris's eight-plus years of commercial litigation and estate planning experience provided the intellectual capital necessary to better serve the new firm's clientele.

Together, Richard, Ian and Chris re-branded the newly formed firm and expanded the firm's legal reach to include Commercial Litigation, Creditor Rights & Collection Law, Family Law & Divorce, Business Formation, Wills, Trusts, Probate & Estate Planning and Personal Injury & Accident Litigation.

LeavenLaw.... Proudly Serving the Tampa Bay Area for Three Generations.

Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Asset Protection
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Business Law
  • Civil Trial Practice
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Creditors Rights
  • Criminal Trial Practice
  • Family Law
  • General Practice
  • Insurance Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Wills
  • Probate
  • Bankruptcy
  • Bankruptcy Arbitration
  • Bankruptcy Chapter 7
  • Bankruptcy Chapter 11
  • Bankruptcy Chapter 12
  • Bankruptcy Chapter 13
  • Bankruptcy Collections
  • Bankruptcy Fraud
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Bankruptcy Mediation
  • Bankruptcy Reorganization
  • Bankruptcy Taxation
  • Bankruptcy Trustees Rights
  • Commercial Bankruptcy
  • Commercial Foreclosure
  • Commercial Insolvency
  • Commercial Recovery
  • Commercial Workouts
  • Consumer Bankruptcy
  • Creditor Bankruptcy
  • Debt Relief
  • Debtor Bankruptcy
  • Foreclosures
  • Fraudulent Conveyance
  • Insolvency
  • Liquidations
  • Out of Court Debt Restructuring
  • Personal Bankruptcy
  • Pre-Bankruptcy Workouts
  • Receivership
  • Repossessions
  • Workouts
  • Workouts Taxation
  • Consumer Law
  • Consumer Arbitration
  • Consumer Class Actions
  • Consumer Credit Compliance
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Consumer Litigation
  • Consumer Protection
  • Consumer Rights
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Medicare and Medicaid

Overall Client Rating

in Bankruptcy, Debtor and Creditor and Finance
4.6 out of 5.0
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  • Data based on 23 reviews
  • Recommended by 20 Client(s)
  • Last reviewed on 10/07/15
Posted by a Consumer on 10/07/15
5.0 out of 5.0
Leavenlaw assisted me during a very trying time in my life. Their team was professional and empathetic.
Posted by a Consumer on 10/07/15
4.8 out of 5.0
I had to contact them every 6 months or so for an update but response time was great and they always contacted me for the important things. My experience was as pleasant and stress free as it could have been. I would d finitely use LeavenLaw again and recommend them to others.
Posted by a Consumer on 09/17/15
5.0 out of 5.0
The knowledge and professionalism of Leavenlaw was excellent. I knew I had a good case against a debt collector and Leavenlaw won a settlement for me.
Posted by a Consumer on 08/28/15
5.0 out of 5.0
If you are looking for a good - honest - local - firm that actually cares about their clients and the stories that led them to seek legal guidance to begin with then Ian and Andrew and the attorney's and staff at LeavenLaw are the attorneys to work with. They truly cared about me as a person and did everything they could to assist me. I am grateful for the fact that they were honest and truly cared but most especially for their legal knowledge - advice and skill. I highly recommended them to all
Posted by a Consumer on 08/28/15
5.0 out of 5.0
Thank you for sending the Final Judgement - which you and Judy already did - and reassuring us about our situation. We are well on our way to getting this behind us and we want to personally thank you and your team for the excellent representation and complete follow-through with everything you told us you would/could do, and also for keeping us informed in such a professional manner.

If we ever need representation again, we will surely contact Leaven Law.

Best Regards and continued success!
Posted by a Consumer on 08/05/15
5.0 out of 5.0
Great Law Group! Both times I have used them they have handled my cases in an exceptional manner.
Posted by a Consumer on 02/05/15
5.0 out of 5.0
I was thoroughly satisfied with my representation for consumer bankruptcy. Ian and his team then went above and beyond and represented me in a harassment case (against a former creditor)and won.

I wouldn't think of going anywhere else if I should need this service in the future.
Posted by a Consumer on 08/30/10
2.3 out of 5.0
As soon as I was unable to file due to the huge expense (wanted me to pay back everything), I received no assistance as to what I should do or how I should proceed. This has made me extremely weary should I need the assistance of an attorney again
Posted by a Consumer on 05/11/10
3.5 out of 5.0
I asked them to keep me informed and to involve me in the process as much as possible, but when they hit a snag, they didn't call me. I contacted them repeatedly trying to find out what the holdup was. I was finally contacted by a third party, because she was also getting frustrated, and together we were able to resolve the problem and get things moving again with the attorney.

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Contact Information

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Firm Address
Northeast Professional Center, 3900 First Street North, Suite 100,
St. Petersburg, FL 33703
Phone 1
727-491-7742 Call firm now
Phone 2
(888) 920-1851
(727) 327-3305
Office Information
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Northeast Professional Center, 3900 First Street North, Suite 100,
St. Petersburg, FL 33703

Office Hours
Office Hours
08:30 AM - 05:30 PM
08:30 AM - 05:30 PM
08:30 AM - 05:30 PM
08:30 AM - 05:30 PM
08:30 AM - 05:30 PM
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