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Ira H. Leesfield
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Ira H. Leesfield

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Personal Injury

About Me

Ira Leesfield is founder and managing partner of Leesfield Scolaro, P.A., with offices in Miami, Key West, South Beach and Central Florida.  Recently, Mr. Leesfield received the prestigious “Judge Learned Hand Award” presented by American Jewish Committee in recognition of his values and standards of excellence associated with Judge Learned Hand and the principles he represented: the rights of the individual and the importance of democratic values in an orderly society.  Big Brothers/Big Sisters will honor Ira with the “Miracle Maker” award for his tireless support and contribution to the organization in April 2010. 

He is board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocates and now serves as board member of the certification board; a past President of the Florida Justice Association, formerly known as,  Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers; an EAGLE Patron; and now serves as Senior Florida Governor of the American Association for Justice, serving over 20 years.

In 2001, Mr. Leesfield received the Anti-Defamation League’s prestigious “Jurisprudence Award.”  He was also honored by the Florida Region of American ORT as the first recipient in Florida of the “American ORT Jurisprudence Award” for his lifetime of dedication to his profession, his nation and his community, and recognizing his outstanding initiative in prosecuting cases that benefit public interest.  In 2002, he was also awarded the “Melvin Belli Award” for outstanding practitioner of advocacy and for exercising extraordinary initiative in prosecuting cases that benefit public interest.

In 2004, the Florida Justice Association  recognized his lifetime achievement by awarding the Al J. Cone Lifetime Achievement Award for his life-long crusade in helping the less fortunate and his commitment to preserving our civil justice system.  He was nominated as "Lawyer of the Year" by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, after he obtained a $19.8 million verdict against Honda Corp., and selected as one of America’s Top Ten Trial Lawyers.  He has published numerous articles and treatises in the area of trial strategy while appearing as a guest commentator on national news programs, including ABC’s Nightline with Ted Koppel.  He is past Chair of The Florida Bar CLE Committee; serves as a life member of The Roscoe Pound Foundation; and is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Miami School of Law. 

Ira Leesfield served President Clinton in two important posts from 1992 to 2000, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and the Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets.  He co-authored the President’s Report on Holocaust Assets.  In 1989, he was appointed as Chair of the Third District Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Committee and was reappointed for a second term in 1995 by Governor Chiles.   In 1998, he served as a member of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission.

Mr. Leesfield has twice been awarded the prestigious Wiedman Wysocki medal for outstanding advocacy.  He is a Life Member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.   Mr. Leesfield was the keynote speaker at the Florida Supreme Court Justices Teaching Institute  in Tallahassee, Florida where top educators from around the State of Florida convene annually for an intensive study of the judicial system.  Recipient of the 2003 Crystal Eagle Award of the Florida Justice Association, in recognition for his exceptional generosity on behalf of Florida's families. He is Immediate Past  President of  the Melvin M. Belli Society. 


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1971

  1. Personal Injury: 100%
    39 years, 1 thousand cases

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (25-40%), Free Consultation (120 minutes)

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Roger L. Simon

    Our firm has retained Ira to represent our clients on personal injury matters that have arisen in Florida. Ira and the members of his firm are excellent attorneys who do highly professional work and obtain great results.

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    Roger Simon Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Sheri Smallwood

    I am pleased to enthusiastically endorse this lawyer. I have known Ira for many years and have had the privilege of working with him on several cases. Without exception, he has exhibited tremendous competence as well as the highest ethics and the utmost in professionalism.

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    Sheri Smallwood Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Leesfield Scolaro, P.A.

2350 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL, 33133

Leesfield Scolaro, P.A.

615 1/2 Whitehead Street
Key West, FL, 33040

Leesfield Scolaro, P.A.

1111 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL, 33139

Orlando Of Counsel Law Office

222 West C Comstock Avenue
Suite #215
Winter Park, FL, 32789

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing197105/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Judge Learned Hand AwardAmerican Jewish Committee2010
Al J. Cone Lifetime Achievement AwardFlorida Justice Association (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)2004
Crystal Eagle AwardFlorida Justice Association (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)2003
Melvin Belli AwardMelvin M. Belli Society2002
Jurisprudence AwardAnti-Defamation League2001
American ORT Jurisprudence AwardFlorida Region of American ORT2001

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Founder and Managing PartnerLeesfield Scolaro, P.A.1976 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Melvin M. Belli SocietyPast PresidentN/A
Academy of Florida Trial LawyersPast PresidentN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaBoard of GovernorsN/A

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Trial MagazineShow that the defense expert doesn't know the facts2004
Trial MagazineExpert Dies on Witness Stand2003
Trial MagazineAdmissibility of Expert Testimony: What's Next?2000
The Florida Bar JournalEx Parte Communications by Government Lawyers with Represented Parties, Proposed Changes to Rule 4.2 of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct1998
Trial MagazineLegal Toolbox: Using Newsletters to Market Your Firm1998
The Florida Bar JournalNegligent Infliction of Emotional Distress: Where Are We Now?1997
Trial MagazinePreparing Tortuous Interference Claims1995
Trial MagazineInnkeeper Liability for Sexual Assaults1994
Trial MagazineHonesty, the Best Policy1993
The Florida Bar JournalIt's Time To Dispose Of The Statute Of Repose, Finally1992
Best of Trial Products Liability, ATLA Press, Library of Congress CatalogMotorcycle Products Liability: Sidestand and Crashworthiness Litigation Strategies1991
Academy Press, Handbook of the Academy of Florida Trial LawyersThe Summary Judgment Motion and Hearing1991
Trial Lawyers QuarterlyLitigating Against A Foreign Defendant1991
Florida Civil Trial Practice (4th Ed.), The Florida BarCross-Examination1991
ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Law JournalAnnual Survey of Products, General Liability and Consumer Law1990
Trial MagazineLitigating Against a Foreign Manufacturer1990
Product Safety & Liability ReporterLitigating Against the Foreign Defendant1990
ABA-TIPS publicationMarket Share and Concerted Action Theories1989
Florida Bar JournalPunitive Damages: Buried Alive1989
The Florida Bar - Civil Trial Practice SupplementCross-Examination1988
Trial MagazineExpanding Horizons in Motorcycle Products Liability Litigation1988
The Advocates PrimerThe Summary Judgment Motion and Hearing1988
TrialNegligence of Mental Health Professionals/What Conduct Breaches Standards of Care1987
Products Liability/Commentary & Cases - Callaghan & CompanyMotorcycle Sidestand Litigation1986
TrialThe Sidestand Case1986
Heat, Police Benevolent AssociationWhy Police Officers Can't Recover For Injuries Due To Someone Else's Negligence1985
The Community ReporterWho's Closing the Courthouse Door and Why?1985
The AdvocateCorporate Liability for Punitive Damages: Where Are We?1985
The Florida Bar - Trial Lawyers Section JournalSovereign Immunity for Negligent Inspections: Will the Supreme Court Resurrect Modlin v. City of Miami Beach?1984
The Florida Bar Civil Trial Practice ManualCross-Examination1983
The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section JournalChoice of Law: Application of the "Significant Relationship" Test to Aviation Multi-State Litigation ‑‑ Bishop v. Florida Specialty Paint Revisited1982
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers JournalWrongful Death Act in Florida1980
The Florida Bar Continuing Legal EducationWinning, Losing and Settling the Tough Liability Personal Injury Case1978
Academy of Florida Trial LawyersMunicipal Immunities in Florida1976
Florida Law Revision CommissionRevised Florida Criminal Code1969

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawN/AlawN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association Annual ConventionAn Overview of Products Liability1984
ATLA National College of Advocacy, Yale University Law School"Psychologists and Psychiatrists as Witnesses", and "Use of Pleadings and Instructions in Summation;"1984
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Seminar.Effective Use of Expert Witnesses1984
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Products Liability SeminarMotor Vehicle Litigation1983
University of Miami School of MedicineGeneral Principles of Genetics in the Law1982
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Spring SeminarLaw of Medical Proof1982
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Products Liability SeminarUse of Demonstrative Evidence in Products Liability1982
Young Lawyers Section Convention, The Florida Bar Winning Through Preparation SeminarA New Road to Discovery ‑‑ Public Agencies and Public Bodies1981
The Florida Bar CLE Damages SeminarFlorida Law of Sovereign Immunity1981
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Annual ConventionCivil Liability for Criminal Acts1981
The Florida Bar CLE No-Fault Insurance SeminarLegislative Changes and Recent Appellate Decisions ‑‑ The Florida No‑Fault Act1980
The Florida Bar CLE Seminar, Basics of Personal Injury LitigationCase Evaluation, Initial Investigation and Conference with Client1979
The Florida Bar CLE SeminarEvaluation and Preparation of Your Difficult Liability Case1978
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Annual ConventionLawyer Liability ‑‑ Legal and Practical Aspects1978