Gov. Rick Scott named Tampa Bay-based attorney Ian Leavengood to the Sixth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.
Leavengood, 44, is a native of St. Petersburg and a lawyer with LeavenLaw, a third-generation legal firm specializing in a variety of consumer practices: personal injury; criminal and DUI defense; foreclosure and bankruptcy law. He is rated Preeminent by the peer reviewed Martindale-Hubbell and named in the annual Best Lawyers in America.
According to his bio, Leavengood earned a Masters in accounting and his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida. Afterwards, he served as an internal business consultant for The Procter & Gamble Distributing Co. Leavengood also was a Judicial Extern for Florida Supreme Court Justice Ben F. Overton. He also worked with Deloitte’s Special Acquisition Services, which exclusively services merger and acquisition activity for Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts, a leveraged buyout firm.
Leavengood returned to St. Petersburg in the 2003 to join LeavenLaw, where he now manages the Firm and chairs the Consumer Law, Class Actions, and Real Estate & Title departments. He will succeed Paul Gross for a term through July 1, 2018.
Florida has 26 judicial nominating commissions to recommend applicants for state court vacancies: A statewide nominating commission for the Florida Supreme Court; commissions for each of the five district courts of appeal; and commissions for each of the twenty circuit courts in the state.
Each nominating commission comprises of nine members appointed by the governor to four-year terms. Four members are attorneys selected from a list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar; of the remaining five, at least two must also be attorneys.
Photo courtesy of ©Diana Lucas Leavengood.