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Leonard Peter Cabral

Landlord or tenant Attorney at Sanford, FL

5.0   23 reviews

also known as Len Cabral .................or, Mr. Leonard


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About Leonard

Learn Leonard’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Landlord or tenant
    60%
    Tenants have rights too!! I represent tenants and tenants only. I sue landlords and slumlords! If your landlord comes into your rental apartment without your knowledge or permission, I can help. If you are being evicted, I can help. If your landlord locked you out of your home, I can help. If your landlord refuses to return your security deposit, I can help. If you have been injured on the landlord's property. I can help.

    28 years, 12,000 cases

  2. Consumer protection
    20%

  3. Credit repair
    20%

Starting January, 2021, Attorney Cabral will be taking new clients. (Tenant representation only).       | Kathryn, Leonard's wife and legal assistant, passed away and everyone misses her.
,,,, The firm, "Lens Law", also welcomes a recient law school graduate to the firm, Brian Konag,JD. Brian is ready to provide services to consumers. Welcome Brian. I know he will be a big asset to the firm.

Lens Law treats Tenants as consumers of housing therefore many of the consumer protection law apply to tenants; The firm knows how to apply consumer law against Landlords so tenants can get their security deposit returned to them.  If you have been wrongfully evicted or locked out of your rental home or the landlord turned off your utilities Lens Law is the law firm you want to fight for your rights. Leonard Cabral defend tenants in evictions for subsidized housing including Section 8.  Lens Law is one of a very few law firms in the Orlando area that is knowledgable about HUD regulations pertaining to subsidized and public housing.  If you have been injured due to landlord's negligence I can handle  your  personal injury suit against your landlord.  Lens Law also represent tenants with disabilities. If your landlord denied you to have a service animal or refuses to allow modifications to your rental home, the firm can help you get the accommodation you need to enjoy the property. In addition to tenant defense, the firm can assist in haveing inaccurate information removed from your credit report. If you lanldord has inacuratly published wrong information on you credit report, the firm can help. If your rental application was denied you are entitle  to know why  it was denied and an opportunity to correct any inaccurate information on your credit report.  If your auto was wrongfully towed from your apartment complex the firm may be able to help you.  If you are a Tenant you likely don't know the consumer protection laws that protect tenants too. The firm uses its 20 years of experiance of applying consumer law to tenant issues such as harassing calls from your landlord's debt collector and credit reporting agency. If your landlord wrongfully reported you to a collection agency and the collection agency makes calls to your cell phone  or makes harassing  phone calls, the firm can help to get the calls to stop. In many cases you will need no money up front. Some of the laws provides attorney fees to the prervailing party. If you don't belive me call two or three attorneys and ask if they will represent you without a fee up front. Then call Lens Law.. I do not represent landlords and Slumlords are good for breakfast.

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Licensed for 25 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1997
Updated 11/23/2022

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

Contact Leonard

Leonard Peter Cabral
520 West Lake Mary Blvd., Suite 103
Sanford, FL, 32773

Reviews

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Posted by norman | December 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
sued by unifund
leonard took my case through legal aid for free. he was the best i could ever have got. they dropped the lawsuit i paid zero. cabral was a great attorney who cares about his clients. i would highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommend
Until recent, I have never faced a situation where someone was attempting to take advantage of me so egregiously. Mr Cabral generously took his own time to speak with our family and reassure us that if needed, he had our back. His passion for defending honest tenants against greed is obvious from the first encounter. His compassion and empathy for those that have never been exposed to situations of bad faith is comforting. When it comes time to employ the services of an attorney, I will look not farther than Mr. Cabral!
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Posted by Heather | November 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Such a great attorney!
This man is a genius! Leonard helped us with an invalid collection when I had been turned down by several lawyers, and it was taken care of quickly! I was able to get my famly's life back on track. The only thing I wished I'd done was gone to him sooner!
Posted by Jim | November 8, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If you want results, Mr. Cabral is the Guy Hands Down!
I was wrongfully evicted from a student housing conflict. After contacting a few lawyers about my situation it was My Cabral seemed the most knowledgeable about clearing up my situation. I had a meeting with and it was clear that he would do whatever it took to get results. Within two months of meeting with him I got the results I asked for and It was very painless. He will work for you no doubt. I highly recommend. This guy knows his stuff and will get the job done.
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Posted by Subramanian | September 18, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Response
I got response very quick for each of every question, wonderful service.
Posted by Billy | July 19, 2015
Amazing Attorney! One in a Million!
After contacting scores of Landlord-Tenant Attorneys I was told over and over "you may have a good case but you can't win it, a landlord in Florida can non-renew for a-n-y reason"... Being that there were many extenuating circumstances to my family's dilemma involving a Section 8 Apartment Lease (non-renewal) I was not completely convinced all the so called "Experts" were right! After meeting Leonard and relating all of the facts and details I knew we were in the hands of a true expert in this area of law. Leonard's grasp of the situation was fantastic and it was obvious his knowledge base was formed from his personal experience in litigating numerous cases which were similar to ours. Leonard fights for the tenant and believe me he FIGHTS!, the man is awesome and his efforts have made all the difference! I would recommend Leonard to any tenant who has a problem with their landlord, don't waste your time dealing with any of the rest, HE IS THE BEST! Thank you Leonard!, we truly appreciate what you have done for us!
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Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2015
An outstanding lawyer that genuinely cares
My wife and I, coming out of school, got ourselves mingled in a rental property deal that became too sour too soon after having paid a large sum of security deposit to the landlord. Of all the lawyers we reached out to, Mr. Cabral was the first one to proactively step up and take the time to review our case and provide us with tons of quality information and guidance. Although we consulted over phone calls, in every single call I felt as if I was talking to a great friend, to say the least. Mr. Cabral's genuine character and desire to help has earned my loyalty for all future legal matters. Thank you very much.
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Posted by Rubisel n Doris | May 26, 2015
Excellent Lawyer!
I am very happy to have hired Mr Cabral as my lawyer.Have to say that theres few or no other like him.I called him two days before mediation and he scheduled me for next day consultation without any excuse.He was there for me when i needed some one with the knowledge to represent me.He guided me and helped me get back our social security deposit from landlord.Thank you Leonard for being the amazing person and great lawyer you are!
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Response from Leonard Cabral May 29, 2015
I was happy to be able to help you. In your case your landlord was nothing but a slumlord and a bully. I know if I did not represent you your landlord would have taken advantage of your lack of legal knowledge and you probably would have had to pay him money he did not deserve.
Posted by Rubisel n Doris | May 26, 2015
Excelent Lawyer!
I am very happy to have hired Mr Cabral as my lawyer.Have to say that theres few or no other like him.I called him two days before mediation and he scheduled me for next day consultation without any excuse.He was there for me when i needed some one with the knowledge to represent me.He guided me and helped me get back our social security deposit from landlord.Thank you Leonard for being the amazing person and great lawyer you are!
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Posted by Dina Murray | May 13, 2015
Always there No Matter What You May Need
I have known Mr. Cabral for many years and has helped me with many cases thru the years. He handled a few landlord tenant issues for me that due to my own fault never ended well for me. The one thing he always told me was to take pictures. He is a great Attorney and person.
Response from Leonard Cabral May 29, 2015
Thank you Dina. I do my best for my clients who have legitimate problems with landlord. My second piece of advice is get advice from an attorney before doing anything. I don't charge for 15 minute telephone consultations and even if you had to pay for a consultation it could save you money or your home.
Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2015
BEST ATTORNEY
Our Company has problem in returning some equipment that we ordered within a week and never used. The vendor refused to accept the equipment and even sent it back to us. They even continue to charge out credit card for the recurrent payment. We cancelled the credit card. They had a collection agency sending us a letter, threatening to put a debt collection on our personal staff member credit report. At one point, we were just going to pay the rest of the payment for the equipment we never use. But our Staff determine to fight for it. We contacted our attorney, Mr. Leonard Cabral. Within a week, the vendor called, apologized, gave us a refund and picked up the equipment. We highly recommend this attorney. No matter how big or small the case is, he will fight for you. He is the best attorney we have ever worked with. He is professional, fast, efficient and very effective.
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Response from Leonard Cabral May 29, 2015
Thank you for the kind words. Your small business was facing the wrath of BIG business. I am happy to say this turned out to be a Typical David and Goliath story. We slew the giant. Happy to help you.
Posted by Brian PC | February 7, 2015
A GEM in a field where so many others are not...
With two brothers who are attorneys, a myriad of college classmates who went on to practice law, too many occasions on which I have had to depend on the legal system to find redress, and a "brief excursion" into law school myself, I am very familiar with "the good, the bad, and the ugly" in American jurisprudence. Frankly, I long ago lost most of my youthful "confidence" in our system; a perspective I retain with only the occasional exception. Len Cabral IS "that exception!" I retained Leonard Cabral in order to assist us when the condo we were renting was foreclosed on, and I depended on his legal counsel again, just over a year-and-a-half later, when we sought to purchase the condo from the bank. In both instances, Len fought the necessary fight, won resounding victories on our behalf and was unbelievably fair about compensation. I endorse this man without any equivocation, whatsoever. If you have a chance to retain him and need a GREAT lawyer, he is that true "perfect catch!!"
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Response from Leonard Cabral May 29, 2015
You don't write, you don't call and then I stumble on this comment page that I didn't know existed. So, sorry for the belated comment to your fantastic review. I am also thankful for the positive result. We had some good times fighting the good fight. You know you don't have to have a legal problem to visit.
Posted by maryjakubowicz | February 11, 2013
An expert in tenant- landlord matters, professional, altruistic and knowledgable
Mr Cabral has been advising, supporting and representing us in a very difficult matter with FNMAE. We had a valid lease under the Obama Protecting Act for tenants but the new owner of the apartment FNMAE , did not want to recognise it as bonafide. We went to court. Over this difficult process he was always readily available to us by phone and email, and never left us unattended . Thanks to Mr. Cabral's representing us in court we resolved this matter and everything went perfect. Mr. Cabral is very kind, genereous and an excellent attorney .He knows his profession to the most outstanding level of dignity and is an honorable man.
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Response from Leonard Cabral May 29, 2015
Thank you for the kind words. I wish there were more attorneys doing the work I do for tenants who are taken advantage of and harassed by a relator as you were.. There are thousands of lawyers that will represent landlords but very few that will represent tenants without a bucket full of money. In your case you had to go about 250 miles to find an attorney that would help you. I hope everything is going well for you.
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Posted by Raymond | September 18, 2012
Excellent Rating!
Excellent service, response time and a pleasure to work with. Mr. Cabral has helped me out on several occasions and has always done what is right.
Posted by Kathy | September 5, 2012
A skilled attorney you would want in your corner.
On September 5, 2012, I telephonically contacted Mr. Cabral's office with a question regarding my lease. Mr. Cabral spoke with me directly and in an unhurried manner, explained the answer to my question. He exhibited a caring, calm and patient demeanor. I am very appreciative to Mr. Cabral for taking the time to speak with me.
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Posted by Donna | September 5, 2012
Outstanding, Intelligent, and Compassionate
My experience with Mr. Cabral has always been pleasure. I have used him several times. When I left a message, he always returned my phone calls and/or emails in a reasonable time frame. In my opinion, his rates were reasonable for the time and effort he put into my cases. The results of my cases were always handled to my satisfaction. I would use this attorney again without hesitation.
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Posted by Valerie | August 7, 2012
Fighting for whats right!!
Mr. Cabral is just amazing. He helped us with a serious issue regarding overage charges with a big time cell phone service provider. The contract from the company was violated as they had a "global" contract that did not cover certain areas. To make matters worse, this cell phone was specifically bought for a Army solider who was going BACK to Iraq within a week of purchasing this phone and global plan. In store, they told us the global plan covered Iraq - as this is the ONLY reason we purchased this phone. Come to find out, Iraq was NOT covered in the Global plan, only to find out after there were $21,000 worth of charges for making calls back home. Pretty sad on the companies part - even after months of trying to get this fixed ourselves - explaining that they are charging a vet who was on the battlefield thinking he had a global contract with this company. The company did nothing until Mr. Cabral got a hold of them. They have now dropped the charges and the debt is off of our credit report. I would recommend Mr. Cabral to anyone - he is fair, here to help real people and will fight for what is right.
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Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2012
Attorney cut from a different cloth.
Mr. Cabral tool all the time I needed to explain the law in layman terms and the posibility of winning the case. He showed up in court an my case was dismissed. I was very happy.
Posted by Mary | July 4, 2012
Tenant-Landlord Excellent Attorney
Mr. Cabral was extremely helpful in my case.He listened carefully and patiently during my calls. Mr. Cabral’s legal advice was invaluable in making the right decisions at the right time. I am the tenant in a foreclosed property where Fannie Mae is the new owner. I offered to buy it cash in "As Is" condition immediately. Fannie Mae will not consider my tenant option to buy it, until I sign a "month to month lease" at double rate. My rights under the Obama Tenant Protection Act will be null and void and their rights will be the only ones considered if I sign it. The other option from Fannie Mae is EVICTION. After several threatening phone calls and Final Notices from their agents Mr. Cabral started representing me. Reviewed all documents; discovered several inconsistencies and contradictions, as well as illegal practices from Fannie Mae's Agents: First Service Residential Realty. He contacted their Regional Manager to discuss my case. He spoke clearly and explained my options and rights under the Obama Tenant Protection Act. I am fortunate to have him on my side and fill safe and secure with his representation. He never left me without response, answered all my calls personally and protected me and my family. I highly recommend Mr. Cabral, he is knowledgeable and intelligent, offers excellent solutions. I will recommend him to all my friends.Thank you Mr. Cabral!!!! Mary
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Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2010
security deposit return
I called from outside Mr. Cabral's practicing area for info on Fla. Stat. 83.49 security deposit [SD] return info. He gave me a different perspective on what issues to consider in the landlords [LL] bogus claims against my SD return. I did look into those suggestions and think I may have some good evidence to submit against my ex LL at trial, so good deal. Thank you sir! Appreciate your time in answering my questions. If I was in Mr. Cabral's area I would definitely consider hiring him as a attorney in a LL/tenant action. Highly recommended.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Private practice
  • 2000 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Central Florida Legal Services
  • 1995 - 2000

Education

  • State University of New York, College at Purchase
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1975
  • Pace University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • MARSHA BREWINGTON, vs. SOLOMON HOLT, 8 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 550a, (Seminole Co. Cir. Ct. Appellate Division, 2001
  • Tenant prevailed after appeal
  • STEVEN GALLAHAN, vs. DONALD MAIR AND KIMBERLY KASIEWICZ, 12 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 668c. (Volusia Cty. Ct, 2005)
  • Tenant prevailed
  • GERI FABRICATORE, v. JUSTINE BARKER; 13 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 89a, (Volusia Cty. Ct, 2005).
  • Tenant prevailed
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Associations

  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Seminole County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1996 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • ONE Pro Bono Award
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • 2012
  • ONE Pro Bono Award
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • 2011
  • Pro Bono Attorney Award
  • Seminole County Bar Association
  • 2008
  • Recognition Award
  • National Association of Public Interest Lawyers
  • 2000
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Publications

  • 17 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 662a,
  • Christian Cappelier, vs. Ted Mahoney And Susan Mahoney
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Seminole County Bar Association
  • Fair Creit Reporting Act
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (8)
Endorse Leonard
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Leonard for many years through the local bar association. He gave me once a very detailed and thorough explanation regarding major issues with foreclosure and the "robo-signing" of mortgages. I was prosecuting at the time so was not nearly as familiar with the civil side as I was the criminal side. Because of his vast understanding of this field and his willingness to share with his colleagues, I endorse this lawyer."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Consumer protection Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this Len Cabral without reservation. He fights like a tiger for his clients, and he forgot more than most lawyers ever knew about the law. If you want somebody who is truly on YOUR side, you want Len."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this talented and knowledgeable attorney, who is well-respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Leonard is a hard working attorney and I appreciate how diligent he is in finding technical defenses for many of his clients."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Len Cabral for over a decade and highly recommend him. I am very familiar with Len's work through our shared volunteering for a local legal aid service provider and consumer rights conferences. Len Cabral is highly experienced in defending tenants in eviction and security deposit lawsuits. Mr. Cabral has also demonstrated courtroom savy in defending consumers in collection lawsuits brought by credit card issuers."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am familiar with Leonard's work representing tenants and also in consumer law matters. He is focused and determined in his litigation strategy."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Leonard Cabral is the lawyer you want representing you in a landlord tenant matter. If you are a tenant being evicted, Leonard will zealously defend your rights. If you are a landlord, you should hire Leonard before your tenant does. Leonard is considered to be one of the best landlord-tenant attorneys in Seminole County, Florida and Central Florida. I highly recommend him."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse and recommend Leonard Cabral as a tenant rights and consumer attorney. I have practiced in the same county as Leonard for many years, and have been very impressed with his work. He is highly skilled, and the lawyers in the community recognize that he is the "go to" lawyer for representating tenants in landlord-tenant disputes. He is fearless, and does not hesitate to represent tenants and consumers against some of the most known persons and entities. I would not hesitate to recommend Leonard to anyone in the areas of landlord-tenant law / tenant rights or consumer law."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Leonard is the leading tenant defense attorney in the central Florida region. He is on top of his game and law and in protecting tenant's rights. He is very ethical, practical and easy to work with. I met attorney Cabral years ago while representing a Landlord and we have been friends ever since."
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