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Criminal Defense Attorney with a proven track record of providing aggressive and affordable legal representation for clients from all walks of life. Experienced in handling cases ranging in severity from traffic offenses to first degree murder.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
  2. DUI & DWI: 20%
  3. Litigation: 10%



Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

15 total 

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  • Ethan Andrew Way

    I endorse this lawyer. John is a very professional and dedicated trial lawyer. He aggressively represents his clients and thier interests. He is one of the preeminent criminal defense lawyers in the Tallahassee area.


    Ethan Way Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Elizabeth Ann Peskin

    John is an amazing attorney. If I were faced with a criminal charge, he is the first person I would call. He's a great trial attorney and has as much knowledge about criminal law as anyone I know. I would recommend John to anyone looking for a criminal defense lawyer.


    Elizabeth Peskin Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Brooks Le Boeuf Bennett Foster & Gwartney

909 East Park Avenue
Tallahassee, FL, 32301


FLMember in Good Standing199909/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top AttorneysNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top ContributorAVVO2014
Client's Choice-Criminal LawAVVO2012
ServiceState Attorney's Office2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBrooks Le Boeuf Bennett Foster & Gwartney2012 - Present
Founder/AttorneyLaw Offices of John M. Leace, P.A.2002 - 2012
AssociateLocal Defense Firm2001 - 2002
Prosecuting AttorneyState Attorney, 2nd Judicial Circuit1998 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Council of Parent Attorneys and AdvocatesMember2014 - Present
Florida Bar, Criminal Law SectionMember2006 - Present
William Stafford Inns of CourtMember2003 - 2005
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2002 - Present
Tallahassee FACDLMember2002 - Present
Florida BarMember1999 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Florida v. Jimmy HairCharges Dismissed
State of Florida v. Alex JacobsAcquittal
State v. Travis JohnsonAcquittal
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Florida State UniversityInternational Affairs and SociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Legal NegotiationsCriminal Negotiations2014
LawCallDUI Law2011
The Morning ShowStand Your Ground Law and Jimmy Hair2009
Fraterninty Risk ManagementHazing Laws2006
FSU Pre-Law Society Guest LecturerDUI Defense2005