Leonard A. Sands, Esquire is living his boyhood dream. He has always wanted to be a lawyer - a criminal lawyer - protecting the rights we as Americans each hold dear. As one of the top graduates in his class in law school, Leonard was recruited by the United States Department of Justice Attorney General's ‘Honors Program.’ Serving in the Attorney General's Honors Program, he went to Washington to join the then relatively new Organized Crime & Racketeering Section.
Since 1979, Leonard and his partner have been in private practice in Miami, Florida, limiting their focus to all kinds of criminal cases both in the federal and state courts in Florida and elsewhere. Leonard has developed a reputation for exceptional skill in white collar, fraud, tax, RICO and complex criminal cases at both the trial and appellate levels.
For many years, Leonard has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and also served as a past President of the Miami Chapter. Recently honored by the South Florida Legal Guide, he was named a "Top Lawyer" in Criminal Law for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and, 2011. He is listed in SuperLawyers, 2011.
Leonard and his partner are both AV rated & listed in Martindale-Hubbell's © Directory of Pre-Eminent Lawyers.
Feel free to call or e-mail to discuss how we can help you or someone you care about.
Leonard A. Sands practices in the following areas of law: Criminal Law; White Collar Crime; Appellate Practice.
Admitted: 1972, New York and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; 1973, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth and D.C. Circuits; 1975, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit and U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; 1977, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 1978, Florida; 1979, U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; 1980, U.S. Tax Court; 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; 1984, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida; 1991, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Law School: Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1971
College: Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, B.S., Accounting, 1968
Member: Dade County Bar Association (Member, Committees on: Federal Courts, 1983—; Criminal Courts, 1996—; Chair, Criminal Courts Committee, 1999-2000; United States District Court Peer Review Committee, 1989-1995); The Florida Bar (Former Chair, Grievance Committee); Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Director, 1998—; President, 2001-2002, Miami Chapter).
Biography: Recipient, Judge Nathan R. Sobel Prize for Graduate with Highest Grade in Criminal Law. Selected, U.S. Department of Justice Honors Program Graduate. Trial Attorney, Criminal Division, Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, U.S. Department of Justice, 1971-1979. Recognized as a "Top Lawyer" in Criminal Law by South Florida Legal Guide, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011; and, SuperLawyers Magazine, 2011.
Languages Spoken: Spanish, English
Licensed since 1972
Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Always)
I have worked with and consulted with Leonard Sands on a variety of criminal matters for more than 25 years. He is experienced, knowledgeable and well-prepared. He always provides his clients with excellent representation. If a family member of mine needed the services of a criminal defense attorney, I would not hesitate to refer him to Leonard.
Glenn Kritzer Criminal Defense Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1978||08/12/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|'Top Lawyer n Criminal Law'||South Florida Legal Guide||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2012|
|Top Lawyer in Criminal Law||South Florida Legal Guide||2012|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2011|
|'Top Lawyer in Criminal Law'||South Florida Legal Guide||2011|
|'Top Lawyer in Criminal Law'||South Florida Legal Guide||2010|
|'Top Lawyer in Criminal Law'||South Florida Legal Guide||2009|
|'Top Lawyer' in Criminal Law||South Florida Legal Guide||2008|
|'Top Lawyer' in Criminal Law||South Florida Legal Guide||2007|
|'Top Lawyer' in Criminal Law||South Florida Legal Guide||2006|
|AV Rated (over 25 years)||Martindale-Hubbell||1985|
|Prize for Student w/ Highest Grade in Criminal Law||Brooklyn Law School||1971|
|Attorney General's Honors Program||United States Department of Justice||1971|
|Junior of the Year Leadership Award||Brooklyn College||1967|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||N/A|
|Shareholder||Sands & Moskowitz, P.A.||1979 - Present|
|Trial Attorney-Criminal Division||United States Department of Justice||1971 - 1979|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Florida Association of Criminal Lawyers - Miami Chapter||President||2001 - 2002|
|Dade County Bar Association||Chair, Criminal Courts Committee||2000 - 2001|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Statewide||Director||1988 - Present|
|Brooklyn Law School||N/A||Juris Doctor||1971|
|Brooklyn College||Finance / Accounting||B.S.||1968|