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Gov. Scott names St. Pete’s Ian Leavengood to Sixth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

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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.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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