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.

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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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