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Leon Hillary Jones

also known as LHJ LAW (100% Criminal Defense)

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Violent Crime, DUI & DWI, White Collar Crime, Domestic Violence, Expungement, Child Abuse, Sex Crime, Juvenile, Credit Card Fraud

About Me

LHJ LAW


* 100% State-wide Criminal Defense boutique law office that has strategically defended hundreds of Florida clients since 1997.


* Focuses on serious, complex felony cases from the investigative stage up through and including jury trial.  Also handles minor misdemeanor and traffic cases (D.U.I., etc.)


* Travels to all counties and cities throughout the State of Florida.


* Headquarters/main office is centrally located in Downtown Tampa; additional meeting locations for felony cases are offered in Orlando, Jacksonville, Miami and other select cities.


 


Leon H. Jones, J.D.


* Criminal Defense Trial Attorney & Founder of LHJ LAW.


* 23 years of experience handling criminal cases in Florida.


* Member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers.


* Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


* Former Felony Prosecutor in Florida.


* Graduate of Stetson University College of Law (ranked #1 among U.S. law schools for trial advocacy).


 


With over 20 years of experience in handling serious, complex criminal cases in the courtroom, both on the prosecution and the defense side, and having established LHJ LAW in 1997, Attorney Leon Jones owns the practice and manages its Legal Operations, including case assessment, case strategy development, research/writing, client communication, and courtroom performance.  


 


Upon moving to the United States after growing up in England and Canada, he graduated from the University of Tampa before obtaining his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) at Stetson University College of Law.  Early in his career he was a Felony Prosecutor in Hillsborough County, Florida.  


 


Since starting LHJ LAW in 1997, Attorney Jones has defended hundreds of Florida clients from the investigative stage up through and including jury trial.  He has handled numerous cases in State and Federal Court including, but not limited to, Murder/Homicide, Aggravated Battery & Assault/Domestic Violence, Racketeering (R.I.C.O.), Drug Trafficking/Delivery/Possession, Armed Kidnapping/Robbery/Burglary/Theft, Violation of Supervision and other crimes against persons and property. Of course, he has also handled bail bond motions and represented individuals charged with misdemeanor and criminal traffic offenses.


 


LHJ LAW has always had a diverse client base.  We have represented clients regardless of socio-economic status, race, religion, nationality, etc.  Although a significant number of our clients are Caucasian since they represent a majority percentage of the Florida population, we also represent a substantial number of clients who are African American, West Indian, Hispanic, and from other minority groups since they constitute a sizable percentage of the criminal justice population.  We have found that clients seeking legal representation are not only looking for an attorney with a high level of skill and experience in the legal realm, but also a lawyer with a powerful and personable demeanor who understands a client's thoughts and feelings as a unique individual and can effectively translate them in the courtroom.


 


Attorney Jones believes that the law acts as both a sword and a shield for the protection of society.  At the same time, he recognizes that the Criminal Justice System creates a strain on not only the accused, but on family, friends, and employers.  His skill and experience on both sides of the courtroom is brought to bear for every client that entrusts him with his or her case.  He believes that, beyond skill and experience, it is the degree of diligence and compassion in working a case that has the greatest impact on the results obtained for a client.  Attorney Jones understands that clients rightly expect a high level of personalized attention to their cases.  Clients often also prefer that the attorney they hire will be the attorney handling their case(s) in and out of the courtroom. Many referred clients have stated that these were significant factors in their decision to retain LHJ LAW and the office has structured its practice to successfully deliver on these client expectations.


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1991

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. Violent Crime: 25%
  3. DUI & DWI: 10%
  4. White Collar Crime: 2%
  5. Other: 6%
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Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($750-1500/hour), Fixed (Always), Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

10 total 

  • Jorge A. Lorenzo

    I endorse this lawyer. Leon is a tireless advocate for his clients and a staunch supporter of the rule of law. In my dealings with Leon as an Assistant State Attorney, I knew him to be ethical, prepared and always willing to listen. As court appointed counsel for parents accused of abusing their children, Leon was compassionate and concerned for all the parties involved and did he utmost best to ensure that families who were separate by unfortunate circumstances had the chance to reunite.

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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • John M O'Brien

    An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible.

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    John O'Brien Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

* HEADQUARTERS/MAIN OFFICE * - Hillsborough County (Downtown Tampa)

201 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Suite 1610
Tampa, FL, 33602-5829

Pinellas County Mtg. Loc. (MAIN OFFICE TAMPA)

13575 58th Street North
Clearwater, FL, 33760

Orange County Mtg. Loc. (MAIN OFFICE TAMPA)

390 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL, 32801

Duval County Mtg. Loc. (MAIN OFFICE TAMPA)

301 W. Bay Street
Jacksonsville, FL, 32202

Miami-Dade County Mtg. Loc. (MAIN OFFICE TAMPA)

1395 Brickell Avenue
Miami, FL, 33131

Leon County Mtg. Loc. (MAIN OFFICE TAMPA)

113 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL, 32301

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing199108/12/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Competitive Trial TeamStetson University College of LawN/A
Competitive Appellate Argument TeamStetson University College of LawN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Founder & CEO / Criminal Defense AttorneyLHJ LAW1997 - Present
AdvisorAmeriprise1996 - 1997
AdvisorChatfield Dean1995 - 1995
AttorneyBarr, Murman & Tonelli1994 - 1995
Prosecuting AttorneyOffice Of The State Attorney1990 - 1994

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Numerous Cases 1997-presentNumerous

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
AVVO Legal GuidesTop 10 Things to Remember While Out on Bond2014

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of TampaPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1987

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Moot Court Competition (University of Tampa)Moot Court Competition (Panel Judge)2014
Mock Trial Competition (Hillsborough County Middle/High School)Mock Trial Competition (Creator & Judge)2014
Legal Redress Workshop (Summer)Restoration of Civil Rights and Sealing/Expunction2014
Legal Redress Workshop (Fall)Restoration of Civil Rights and Sealing/Expunction2014
Mock Trial Competition (Hillsborough County Middlel/High School)Mock Trial Competition (Creator & Judge)2013
Great American Teach-inA Career in the Legal Profession2013
National Association of Human Resource Workers (Tampa Bay Chapter)The Criminal Justice System from the Perspective of the Human Resource Professional2012
Mock Trial Competition (Hillsborough County Middle/High SchoolMock Trial Competition (Creator & Judge)2012
Teen Achiever's ProgramMock Trial Competition (Creator)2011
Mock Trial Competition (Hillsborough County Middle/High School)Mock Trial Competition (Creator & Judge)2011
Junior AchievementProgram Speaker2011
Mock Trial Competition (Stetson University College of Law)Mock Trial Competition (Judge)N/A