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LeRoy E Costner

Criminal defense Attorney at Orlando, FL

4.5   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2008
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About LeRoy

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I have work in criminal law and have done so my entire legal career. I worked for the State Attorney's Office for 5 years prosecuting every type of case from 2nd degree misdemeanors to 1 degree felonies punishable by life. I have received extensive training and education in violent crimes, DUI law, and crimes involving drugs. Let me use my experience and training to help you through this difficult time in your life.

    17 years

  2. Violent crime

  3. Juvenile law

  4. Speeding and traffic ticket

    17 years

LeRoy Costner is a Death Penalty Certified and experienced trial lawyer. LeRoy Costner understands when you start something, you must finish it. LeRoy has done it all – farmed cotton fields in Mississippi, and orange groves in Polk County. He had to work full time to put himself through college at Valencia Community College and Florida Southern University. During school, he worked at Universal Studios and a five star Orlando hotel as a concierge, where he learned the “fine art” of service. He then graduated from Barry University School of Law where he won the prestigious Lion of Justice award from the Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism. During his final semester of law school, he worked at the Orange County State Attorney’s Office as a Certified Legal Intern prosecuting 1st and 2nd-degree misdemeanors.

After graduating from law school, he took a job with the Monroe County State Attorney’s Office in Key West, Florida. Over the next five years, he prosecuted thousands of criminal cases. As an Assistant State Attorney, he was a special prosecutor for DUI cases, receiving the same training that law enforcement officers undergo, as well specialized training in prosecution. Before taking on the additional responsibilities of prosecuting crimes of violence, LeRoy was selected to train incoming DUI prosecutors. He then went on to prosecute numerous violent crimes for the Government and was often chosen by his bosses to prosecute conflict cases in other counties which is an honor for a prosecutor.

When LeRoy goes to work for you –here is some of what you can expect – he will diplomatically negotiate with the opposing side so that he can keep the lines of communication open and get the best results for you; he will methodically check the accuracy of your case for all possible defenses. He will maintain communication with you at every turn, and he WILL fight for you if it comes down to a jury trial.

Hard work. That is what Leroy Costner will provide for his clients.

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Umansky Law Firm
1945 E. Michigan St
Orlando, FL, 32806

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Posted by Brandon | December 6, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
I ran into a little trouble and as it was my first time I was very worried about what to do and where to go. As soon as I contacted umansky law I was immediately relieved of all anxiety that I had about the situation. LeRoy handled my entire case and did a excellent job getting me the best case scenario out of my situation. Billie Guertin was a huge help as well with her rapid response to any questions and sending friendly reminders/checkups about my situation. I feel like I have made a long standing relationship with a legal team if I ever need one. I HIGHLY recommend Umansky Law to anyone seeking a GREAT attorney and AMAZING legal aid. You won’t be disappointed.
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Posted by Deimitrius | June 7, 2018
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LeRoy E Costner
Was very prompt and professional in getting my case dismissed. Would highly recommend and use again.
Posted by LT | February 24, 2016
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LeRoy E Costner
This attorney personally responded to my call today, 2-24-16. In an unrushed, respectful and efficient manner, he provided up-to-date information which allowed me to make an educated decision on whether to fight the notice of red-light camera violation I received in Winter Park, FL. I could tell he clearly deals with this issue currently and on a regular basis, is knowledgeable of the current status of the case law as well as how the hearing officers are currently presiding over these cases. After my conversation with Mr. Costner, I felt respected and empowered even though the current status of how the law is being applied makes it unlikely I would be able to successfully vindicate my rights in traffic court in this case. Should I need an attorney in this practice area in the future I will definitely call Mr. Leroy.
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Posted by Erika | November 13, 2013
That was Easy! Kind of like the "Easy Button" from those Staples commercials
Outstanding Lawyer! He got my bogus red light camera ticket thrown out. If you are a victim of Red Light Cameras, call Leroy! Stand up for your rights!
Posted by Jennifer | July 25, 2013
He Helped Me Out!
Mr. Costner helped me with a legal issue that could have cost me hundreds of dollars. He got my case dismissed and kept me informed every step of the way. He was a wonderful attorney and a pleasure to work with.
Posted by Maria | June 15, 2013
The Best of the Best!
I had a child involved in a criminal proceeding. Mr. Costner not only handled the case in a professional manner he kept us informed, explained all aspects of the case and made us feel as if we were his top priority. LeRoy Costner know the law! You can’t go wrong with this attorney!
Posted by Gay | May 26, 2013
Great lawyer!
Mr. Costner helped me with a problem, he got it resolved promptly and kept me informed.
Posted by jeffrey | July 11, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Avoid like the plague
I am a disabled veteran on a fixed income, and he refuses to return my retainer! If you want a defense where you do all the work, save your money and just deal with a prosecutor yourself. I paid Leroy $3500 initially and ended up firing him and hiring a different attorney to represent me. The difference between an attorney who cares and one who just wants to push you to accept a plea is striking. I was illegally stopped for failure to dim my headlights and arrested for DUI. As this DUI could affect my future employment, I desired an attorney who would have my best interests at heart and fight for me. Leroy did neither. I ended up hiring a new attorney because I would never refer to Leroy as an attorney. I would call him a plea factory. From the get-go, I was clear with the attorney that the traffic stop was invalid. From the get-go, he pushed me to take a deal. I had to push back to get him to question the evidence's validity due to the illegal stop. I was told motions to suppress rarely work. I was offered the same deal from the prosecutor that everyone is offered: 50 hours of community service, a plea of guilty, and no jail time. The strength of my case was significantly downplayed in attempts to get me to take a deal. I was told that my case depended entirely on jury selection, and if I went to trial and lost, I would go directly to jail. At the beginning, I was told the firm would be checking every day to see if my license had been suspended because I had never received a DUI citation. After not hearing anything for a week and wondering if I still had a license, I checked with the DMV and found it was suspended. I emailed the attorney, explaining what I had found and asking why I was seeing that, as I hadn't heard from him. In response, the attorney ignored my question, then looked for my citation and gave me two sentences regarding how to get my license back: (TWO SENTENCES): "I have the citation; I will send it to you for your records, so you all may contact the DHSMV and make the request for the hardship license. The DMV will let him know what they need for him to do to get the hardship license; it is typically registered for the DUI school, and in some cases, he must complete the DUI school. My new attorney is now actually handling the return of my license. My new attorney has explained that Leroy should have attended the formal hearing for the loss of my license because it's a time when you can fight the license suspension and also get the police on record under oath. Because this was not done, I automatically lost my license for a year. Thanks, Leroy When pushing back against taking a plea and pushing to fight the charges with a motion to suppress, Leroy told me I would need an expert witness to testify that my headlights worked. At no point did he mention he would get one, and it seemed as if it would be my job as he told me what he needed. No expert witness referral service will work with a defendant. They deal directly with the attorney. I spent hours trying to find one. This is the attorney's job. If they care about your best interests, they will. I sent an email to the attorney the very next day, stating he would have to find one. When I hadn't heard back in a week, I emailed him, asking if we had any luck. We were told the attorneys always responded within 48 hours when we first hired Leroy. At the 2-week mark, I emailed again, asking because I was physically ill and worried about my case. The attorney responded and stated he was unable to find an expert witness. He didn't look very hard because I sent him the contact information for four services. I asked him if I sh9ould get service records for my car. His response: "It couldn't hurt." I HAD TO BRING THIS UP or it would have been evidence for my case. I had my motion to suppress hearing today with my new attorney It lasted 5 minutes. I won. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY WITH Leroy. You can do what he did and deal with the prosecutor yourself.
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AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Umansky Law Firm
  • 2018 - Present
  • Partner
  • Costner Law Firm
  • 2012 - 2018
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • Orange County State Attorney's Office
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Monroe County State Attorney
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • Seminole County Legal Aide Society
  • 2006 - 2006
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  • Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Florida Southern College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2003
  • Valencia College
  • A.A.
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Petit Theft
  • Dismissed
  • Six felony charges, one client
  • Withhold of adjudication on 3 remaining charges, probation with early termination at 2 years


  • Florida Bar, Ninth Circuit Grievance Committee
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Lion of Justice
  • Florida Bar
  • 2007


Speaking Engagements

  • Roll Call
  • Criminal Law Update
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

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Given (11)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Attorney Costner very briefly, but in just a few months I witnessed his vast experience and knowledge in the area of criminal law. I would recommend him to anyone."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Costner consistently provides well-reasoned responses to questions in this forum. He demonstrates in-depth knowledge on a variety of key legal issues, which is evident in his focused, cogent analysis. His legal writing is practical, as well. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse LeRoy. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I went to law school with Lee and have known him for years. While he was a prosecutor, I had the pleasure of handling cases against Lee. He was always professional and well prepared for Motions or Trial. Since he has become a defense attorney I have had the pleasure of working on cases with Lee and always found him to be knowledgeable and on top of the issues. In my experience with Lee, I have seen him prepare for every fight and give his clients his all. I recommend his services."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would highly recommend Mr. Costner in the area of criminal defense. I've had the opportunity to discuss legal strategy with Mr. Costner and found that he provides excellent aggressive representation for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Leroy for a number of years. He is a truly conscientious, knowledgeable and hard working attorney. I have no hesitation in recommending his services to any of my clients that need it. He has always obtained terrific results on clients that I have previously referred to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Costner is an experience criminal attorney who fights for his clients. He is very knowledgeable of the law and has a great reputation amongst his peers."
General practice Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've know Mr. Costner since our first year together at law school. Mr. Costner is smart, ethical, and has a tremendous work ethic. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Costner is a tireless advocate for his clients and is very knowledgeable in his field. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Mr. Costner for your legal needs. He has an outstanding reputation and is held in high regards by fellow attorneys in the legal field. He is knowledgeable and takes a genuine interest in his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very knowleagble and passionate about the law. I endorse this lawyer."
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