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Leonard A. Sands, Esquire is living his boyhood dream. He has always wanted to be a lawyer - a criminal lawyer - protecting the rights we as Americans each hold dear. As one of the top graduates in his class in law school, Leonard was recruited by the United States Department of Justice Attorney General's ‘Honors Program.’ Serving in the Attorney General's Honors Program, he went to Washington to join the then relatively new Organized Crime & Racketeering Section.


Since 1979, Leonard and his partner have been in private practice in Miami, Florida, limiting their focus to all kinds of criminal cases both in the federal and state courts in Florida and elsewhere. Leonard has developed a reputation for exceptional skill in white collar, fraud, tax, RICO and complex criminal cases at both the trial and appellate levels.

For many years, Leonard has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and also served as a past President of the Miami Chapter. Recently honored by the South Florida Legal Guide, he was named a "Top Lawyer" in Criminal Law for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and, 2011.  He is listed in SuperLawyers, 2011.

Leonard and his partner are both AV rated & listed in Martindale-Hubbell's © Directory of Pre-Eminent Lawyers.

Feel free to call or e-mail to discuss how we can help you or someone you care about.


Leonard A. Sands practices in the following areas of law: Criminal Law; White Collar Crime; Appellate Practice.

Admitted: 1972, New York and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; 1973, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth and D.C. Circuits; 1975, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit and U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; 1977, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 1978, Florida; 1979, U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; 1980, U.S. Tax Court; 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; 1984, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida; 1991, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

Law School: Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1971

College: Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, B.S., Accounting, 1968

Member: Dade County Bar Association (Member, Committees on: Federal Courts, 1983—; Criminal Courts, 1996—; Chair, Criminal Courts Committee, 1999-2000; United States District Court Peer Review Committee, 1989-1995); The Florida Bar (Former Chair, Grievance Committee); Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Director, 1998—; President, 2001-2002, Miami Chapter).

Biography: Recipient, Judge Nathan R. Sobel Prize for Graduate with Highest Grade in Criminal Law. Selected, U.S. Department of Justice Honors Program Graduate. Trial Attorney, Criminal Division, Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, U.S. Department of Justice, 1971-1979. Recognized as a "Top Lawyer" in Criminal Law by South Florida Legal Guide, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011; and, SuperLawyers Magazine, 2011.



Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
    43 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Unspecified: 10%



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Meena M Lopez

    We worked together on a case. He is a thorough intelligent person who leaves no stones unturned. He is also a wonderful human being. I am so very grateful to know him.


    Meena Lopez Insurance Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

  • Glenn Bruce Kritzer

    I have worked with and consulted with Leonard Sands on a variety of criminal matters for more than 25 years. He is experienced, knowledgeable and well-prepared. He always provides his clients with excellent representation. If a family member of mine needed the services of a criminal defense attorney, I would not hesitate to refer him to Leonard.


    Glenn Kritzer Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Sands & Moskowitz, P.A.

Law Offices At Brickell Bay - Suite A-1
2333 Brickell Avenue
Miami, FL, 33129-2497


FLMember in Good Standing197806/21/2016
NYCurrently registered 197203/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
'Top Lawyer n Criminal Law'South Florida Legal Guide2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Top Lawyer in Criminal LawSouth Florida Legal Guide2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
'Top Lawyer in Criminal Law'South Florida Legal Guide2011
'Top Lawyer in Criminal Law'South Florida Legal Guide2010
'Top Lawyer in Criminal Law'South Florida Legal Guide2009
'Top Lawyer' in Criminal LawSouth Florida Legal Guide2008
'Top Lawyer' in Criminal LawSouth Florida Legal Guide2007
'Top Lawyer' in Criminal LawSouth Florida Legal Guide2006
AV Rated (over 25 years)Martindale-Hubbell1985
Prize for Student w/ Highest Grade in Criminal LawBrooklyn Law School1971
Attorney General's Honors ProgramUnited States Department of Justice1971
Junior of the Year Leadership AwardBrooklyn College1967
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderSands & Moskowitz, P.A.1979 - Present
Trial Attorney-Criminal DivisionUnited States Department of Justice1971 - 1979
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - StatewideDirector1988 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Lawyers - Miami ChapterPresident2001 - 2002
Dade County Bar AssociationChair, Criminal Courts Committee2000 - 2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brooklyn Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor1971
Brooklyn CollegeFinance / AccountingB.S.1968