ABOUT

    Joel Leppard, Attorney At Law

      Joel Leppard is the founder of Leppard Law, an Orlando, Florida DUI criminal defense law firm that provides each client with the resources of a large firm but with the personal attention and skillful representations that only a small firm can provide. Joel Leppard has passionately defended thousands of Central Florida residents who have been accused of crimes, including hundreds of DUIs, ranging from first time DUIs, felony DUIs to DUI manslaughters. Attorney Leppard is also the author of the DUI guide entitled “The Florida Guide to DUI Defense.” Attorney Leppard has received numerous accolades, including being selected as one of Expertise’s 2016 Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Orlando, receiving the Avvo DUI Client’s Choice Award in both 2015 and 2016. He was elected to the prestigious National College of DUI Defense in 2015 and is ranked nationally as a “Top 40 Under 40” trial lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association and is rated a perfect 10.0 by Avvo. In both 2016 and 2017, Leppard Law was ranked as the “Best of Yelp” Orlando DUI law firm and Mr. Leppard is ranked as the #1 Best DUI Attorney in Orlando by Best DWI Attorneys, the leading national DUI consumer rating service.

      Best Orlando DUI Lawyer
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      Attorney Leppard has received numerous accolades, including being selected as one of Expertise’s 2016 Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Orlando, receiving the Avvo DUI Client’s Choice Award in both 2015 and 2016. He was elected to the prestigious National College of DUI Defense in 2015 and is ranked nationally as a “Top 40 Under 40” trial lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association and is rated a perfect 10.0 by Avvo. In both 2016 and 2017, Leppard Law was ranked as the “Best of Yelp” Orlando DUI law firm and Mr. Leppard is ranked as the #1 Best DUI Attorney in Orlando by Best DWI Attorneys, the leading national DUI consumer rating service.

      A skilled trial attorney, Mr. Leppard has served as counsel in over 50 trials, hundreds of contested hearings in numerous thousands of court cases. During trial, he is known for his extensive knowledge of the laws of evidence and fervent advocacy for his clients. While many lawyers try to resolve as many cases as soon as possible, Joel Leppard exhausts every possible avenue for his clients and is also well-known for his skillful use of pretrial motions to either get cases dismissed or to secure an advantageous plea deal.

      Joel Leppard graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a B.S. in political science and a business minor. He attended law school at Florida State University, where he earned a coveted position as an Editor on the prestigious Florida State Law Review and graduated magna cum laude. Mr. Leppard was selected for the elite Order of the Coif, reserved for the top 10 percent of law graduates from the nation’s top law schools.

      Prior to the practice of law, Mr. Leppard taught high school economics, law studies and humanities at Timber Creek High School in Orlando. At Timber Creek High, Mr. Leppard founded the charter chapter of the Future Lawyers of America and was named “Favorite Teacher” by the senior class. Mr. Leppard is a long-time Florida resident, moving to Orlando with his family in 1990. In his spare time, Mr. Leppard is an avid music aficionado.

      Bar Admissions

      StateStatusAcquired
      State of FloridaMember2010
      State of TexasInactive Member2013
      Middle District of FloridaMember2015

      Awards

      Award nameGrantorDate granted
      #1 Best Orlando DUI AttorneyBest DWI Attorneys2016-present
      Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in OrlandoExpertise2016-2018
      Client’s Choice Award 2016Avvo2016
      #1 “Best Orlando Law Firms”Yelp2016 & 2017
      Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in OrlandoExpertise2016
      Client’s Choice AwardAvvo2016
      Superb AttorneyAvvo2016
      Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2016
      #1 Best Orlando DUI AttorneyBest DWI Attorneys2016
      “Superb Attorney”Avvo2016
      Client’s Choice Award 2015Avvo2015
      Notable Person 2015Notable Today2015
      Top Mental Health AttorneyPD Social Services2014
      Book Award, Health LawFlorida State University College of Law2010
      Articles Selection EditorFlorida State University, Law Review2010
      MemberOrder of the Coif2010
      Magna Cum Laude GraduateFlorida State University, College of Law2010
      Articles Selection Editor / Editorial BoardFlorida State University2009
      Book Award, Commercial LawFlorida State University College of Law2009
      Law Review MemberFlorida State University Law Review2008
      Favorite TeacherTimber Creek High School2007
      Cum Laude GraduateUniversity of Florida2004
      Most TalentedUniversity High School1999

      Work Experience

      TitleCompany nameDuration
      Managing AttorneyLeppard Law, PLLC2014 – Present
      Chief Legal OfficerBlackwood International2014 – 2016
      Assistant Public DefenderOffice of the Public Defender, 9th Judicial Circuit2011 – 2015
      Corporate CounselDigital Risk2010 – 2011
      LSAT InstructorLaw School Entrance Exam Tutoring2010 – 2011
      Law ClerkEubanks, Barrett, Fasig & Brooks2009 – 2010
      Law Studies & Economics InstructorTimber Creek High School2004 – 2007

      Associations

      Association namePosition nameDuration
      U.S. District Court, Middle District of FloridaMember2015 – Present
      Florida Justice AssociationMember2015 – Present
      UCF Intramural Moot Court TeamJudge2015 – 2015
      National College of DUI DefenseMember2015 – Present
      Blackwood International, LLCBoard Member2014 – 2015
      Avidelity, LLCBoard of Directors2014 – Present
      Orange County Bar AssociationMember2014 – Present
      State Bar of TexasInactive Member2013 – Present
      Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2013 – Present
      Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2010 – Present
      Florida BarMember2010 – Present
      Sustainability InternationalBoard of Directors2010 – Present
      Florida State University Law ReviewArticles Selection Editor2009 – 2010
      Florida State University Law ReviewMember2008 – 2010
      Students Against GenocideFounder2006 – 2007
      Future Lawyers of AmericaFounder2006 – 2007
      University of Florida Student SenateChairperson2002 – 2003
      Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor SocietyPresident2002 – 2003
      University of Florida Student SenateSenator2002 – 2003
      Southern Scholarship FoundationJudiciary Board Member2000 – 2002
      Speech & Debate TeamMember2000 – 2001
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