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Leslie Dionne Gaines

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Orlando, FL

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2005
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    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Leslie

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I have dedicated my law practice to helping the disabled. Specifically, I represent Veterans who have been wrongly denied service-connected compensation benefits by the Department of Veterans (VA). I also represent disabled Social Security Claimants.

 

In addition to representing Veterans and Social Security claimants directly, I have also presented at seminars for veterans' advocates on a nationwide basis, educating them on how to represent veterans before the VA to obtain service-connected benefits. I have also presented for many other advocacy and support groups in my community, educating the public about VA and Social Security Disability law, in general.

Location

Hill & Ponton, P.A.
605 E. Robinson Ave
Orlando, FL, 32801-2040

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Posted by Sonny | March 28, 2017
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A Warrior that cares for Vets
There I was with recently diagnosed with combat connected PTSD, looking at the diagnosis of Bladder Cancer and facing a series of back surgeries that will leave me a cripple for the next 3 years. I was so depressed I wanted to give up. I had filed with the VA, going from one overworked and sometimes ignorant VSO to another. Some were helpful, but now I was overwhelmed waiting on the VA to answer, only to be denied or told I did not have a form filed correctly. My VA doctors were very good to me but way overworked and restricted by so many rules. Frustration and depression do not heal PTSD. Pain and the drugs the doctors plied me with made me a zombie. Only my faith in my God and Savior keep me from ending my life. My prayers were answered by finding Hill & Ponton on the internet. Connecting with Lawyer Leslie D. Gaines has been a great experience. Leslie’s experience, professional attitude and patience in dealing with a crusty old veteran renews my faith in humanity. Her persistence, encouragement and leadership has won the war of many battles I could not have fought on my own. Now I can rest knowing that my wife will be taken care of. Thank you, Hill & Ponton, Ms. Gaines, Adriana, Amanda! It is a joy to deal with professionals with the right attitudes. Semper Fi! Sonny J.
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Posted by Sherry W. | August 20, 2016
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Excellency at its best‼️
While searching the Internet for a credible, worthy representative to fight for my rights at the VA, I came across the Law Office of Hill & Ponton. I made the phone call, explained my situation, and was immediately assigned Lawyer Gaines. From start to finish, Lawyer Gaines provided the utmost professional knowledge, patience, empathy regarding my rights, the VA process, and how my situation may result in a favorable action for VA compensation. After I signed on to have Lawyer Gaines as my VA representative, she went to work on my case immediately. In the end, the results were favorablly reached in an expedient manner. With the expertise of Lawyer Gaines, VA compensation was rewarded with retroactive pay. If you are still reading this, perhaps you too should seek help from Lawyer Gaines. She has the ability to represent veterans with the utmost respect, with a deep desire for satisfaction. Kudos to Leslie Gaines at the law office of Hill & Ponton!
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Posted by Donald McFarland | August 6, 2016
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Superb Lawyer!
In mid-2012, I met Attorney Leslie D. Gaines, a practicing lawyer with the firm of Hill&Ponton, P.A., Daytona Beach, Florida. During our initial conversation, I was very impressed of her in-depth knowledge of military law and veteran's VA claims issues. So impressed that during our conversation I asked and she accepted to act as my representative on VA matters regarding my claim for service connected disability. Attorney Gaines diligently worked on my case, kept me advised along the way, and patiently waited for VA's action. After over 4 years, this August 2016, VA's decision finally came. I was granted maximum benefits, 100%, along with retroactive award from years back. I give credit to Ms Gaines' for the favorable decision of my VA disability claim. It is a life changer. Attorney Leslie D. Gaines' has my full trust and confidence. She is my lawyer and I strongly recommend her to any veteran needing a representative involving military law and/or VA disability claim issues. Attorney Leslie D. Gaines is a consummate professional. She is a credit to her profession, bar none.
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Posted by Diane | May 1, 2016
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Leslie Gaines is superb
It was our great good fortune to be represented by Leslie Gaines, esq. We have tried, for years, to received disability from the VA. Ms. Gaines has been diligent, brilliant, hard working and compassionate. We run out of superlatives when we think about her. What a superb attorney!
Posted by Pat | March 4, 2016
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VA Disability
I applied for disability with the VA in 2009 and was denied. Ms Gaines was able to get me a favorable rating with the VA in 2016 and all of the back pay and benefits I was entitled to. She did an awesome job, kept me fully informed about my case. I would highly recommend her .

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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Hill & Ponton, P.A.
  • 2007 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Baker & Hostetler
  • 2005 - 2006

Education

  • The Florida State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Florida A&M University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2002

Associations

  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Organization of Veterans' Advocates
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • Former Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Publications

  • Blog
  • Gulf War Veterans and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • 2016
  • Blog
  • Ischemic Heart Disease: What Veterans Need to Know
  • 2015
  • Blog
  • Neuropsychology, Traumatic Brain Injury, and VA Benefits
  • 2015
  • Blog
  • VA Disability Benefits & Malingering
  • 2015
  • Blog
  • Gulf War Syndrome and Presumptive Service Connection
  • 2015
  • Blog
  • Peripheral Neuropathy and VA Disability
  • 2012
  • Blog
  • Non-Service Connected Pension
  • 2012
  • Blog
  • VA Ratings for Mental Disabilities
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • NOVA Spring Conference 2015
  • Walk Through a VA Claim
  • 2015
  • Support Group
  • Social Security and VA Disability
  • 2014
  • MS Symposium Central FL
  • Social Security Law & Multiple Sclerosis
  • 2014
  • Epilepsy Foundation of FL- Volusia County
  • Social Security Disability
  • 2012
  • Law Review CLE
  • Social Security Disability Basics
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Social Security & Disability Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Leslie for over 10 years. Her commitment to excellence and her professional demeanor make her one of the finest attorneys I have ever met. She is thorough, compassionate, and exhibits the highest level of ethical practice. I am pleased to endorse Leslie and would highly recommend her as an attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Leslie is an excellent attorney. She is dedicated, thorough, and knowledgeable. Leslie is an outstanding advocate for her clients. I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Leslie has a gift for spotting the issues that are most relevant to defending her client's matter. Her intelligence and attention to detail are unmatched. Leslie is keenly aware of the nuances in handling social security and military matters and communicates them with knowledge and confidence. I am proud to offer my endorsement."
Government Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Leslie is an excellent attorney in both Social Security and VA disability. I have referred her numerous cases. She attends many of the same seminars as I do, and has even spoken at some, so I know she is well informed about the current changes in the law. I highly endorse Leslie."

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Orlando Social Security & Disability Lawyer Leslie Dionne Gaines
Leslie Dionne Gaines
Social Security & Disability Attorney
Orlando, FL
Licensed for 18 years