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James Edward Leano

Car accident Attorney at Coconut Grove, FL

4.8   21 reviews
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Suspended Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2023

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2023. See details

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    50%
    Motor Vehicle Accidents - driver, passenger, pedestrian, truck, bicycle, motorcycle or any other vehicle or conveyance

    26 years

  2. Personal injury
    30%
    Slip/Fall, Trip/Fall, and all other general negligence claims

    26 years

  3. Insurance
    15%
    Disability Insurance, Homeowner's Insurance and Personal Injury Protection (PIP) claims

    26 years

  4. Litigation
    5%
    All other general civil litigation matters

    26 years

James (Jim) Leano is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney who works diligently to represent those who have been injured as a result of another’s negligence, including automobile accidents, personal injury, premise liability, and general negligence and personal injury protection (PIP). Hardworking and highly motivated, Mr. Leano is committed to protecting your rights if you allow him and his firm to represent you on your case.

Mr. Leano was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. He moved to South Florida in 2000. Mr. Leano graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Business from the University of North Florida where he was involved in the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, the Filipino Student Association and Psi Chi. Mr. Leano continued his education at Stetson University College of Law, world-renown for its trial advocacy programs and awards. He graduated with his Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law in 1998. Mr. Leano currently resides in Coral Gables with his wife Jennifer Leal, whom he met in law school, and their three children Isabella, Madeline and Elijah. When not protecting the rights of individuals injured by the negligence of others, he enjoys spending time with his family, music, tennis, skiing and travel.

Prior to becoming a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney, Mr. Leano began his legal career as an Assistant State Attorney at the Jacksonville State Attorney’s Office. During his time with the State Attorney’s Office, Mr. Leano gained extensive trial experience prosecuting and trying cases in the counties of Duval and Clay, with offenses ranging from DUI and domestic battery to robbery and attempted murder. After nearly two years working as a prosecutor, Mr. Leano became a Staff Attorney in the Law Offices of Maria E. Trenzado, a Miami Staff Counsel Office for Geico General Insurance Company. For nearly five years, Mr. Leano vigorously handled all automobile insurance defense files in addition to the entire book of Personal Injury Protection defense files. Subsequently, Mr. Leano helped establish and manage the Miami staff counsel office for the personal lines automobile division for AIG. The division soon joined with Farmers Insurance Company, and eventually became the Law Offices of Brown & Leano, which was the branch legal office for Farmers Insurance Group. For approximately five years, Mr. Leano was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office, including mentoring attorneys in the fields of insurance defense, general liability, and personal injury protection. Additionally, Mr. Leano was responsible for the management of his own high volume caseload, which involved high exposure defense files, from their inception through their respective trials.

In 2011, after nearly ten years working and managing in-house for these national insurance companies, Mr. Leano chose to take his talents to the “other side”, where he is now diligently representing those that have been injured as a result of another individual’s or entity’s negligence, including personal injury, automobile accidents, slip and fall, and general negligence issues. Mr. Leano also represents individuals in addition to medical providers in personal injury protection matters throughout the state of Florida. In addition to being designated a BOARD CERTIFIED SPECIALIST, Mr. Leano is also “AV” rated, which is the highest rating, by Martindale-Hubbell.  With this unique background, experience and credentials, Mr. Leano has gained extensive knowledge about law, business, and dealing with people in high-pressure situations. He also knows how the insurance company thinks, how the insurance adjusters try to save every dollar and withhold it from those that are entitled to it. He can put this experience to work for YOU.

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Location

James E. Leano, PA
3162 Commodore Plaza.
Unit. 3A & B
Coconut Grove, FL, 33133

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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Tommy | February 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wouldn’t use anyone else
James was always there for me from start to finish. I had gotten in a minor car accident and had an issue with my insurance. As soon as this accident happened i was able to get in touch with him and his office. He guided me through the entire grueling process. This was one of my first times having to use a lawyer and there was no issues at all everything went smoothly thanks to James. I don’t know if someone could’ve done as good of a job as he did.
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Posted by Michael | February 26, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
This man knows exactly what he is doing on a regular daily basis. I consulted with him for a hard case I was involved in with my car accident and insurance. I was able to call him when I needed him most every week. He was very understandable about the issues I was going through and helped me work out the problems I was facing. I couldn’t have asked for a more devoted individual as my representative. I recommend his work for any lawyer-needed situation or even just calling to consult about future issues. He will be there every step of the way.
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Posted by Sam | February 26, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I was very pleased with Mr. Leano. He did a great job of expressing support and helping me through the process. Could not have been happier having him as our attorney. Would 100% recommend.
Posted by Lyle | February 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Grateful for such a caring attourney
Found him online through reviews and after a couple phone calls hired him. Any hour or time I needed to call he was there for me from a personal and professional standpoint. My situation ended in the best possible outcome thanks to the diligent work of Attorney Leano.
Posted by Kyle | February 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very pleased with his work
I was very pleased with Mr. Leano’s work. He was a very diligent worker and never slacked off. He always kept close contact and did a great job in helping me through my injuries. 10/10 would recommend.
Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney review
Retained mr. Leano for an insurance dispute. The insurance company took a hard line and initially refused to pay. Mr. Leano was very persistent and the insurance company ended up paying. He is very knowledgeable and goes above and beyond for his clients.
Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Injured
Jim is professional very polite dedicated to his work did an outstanding job couldn't been happier with Jim as our attorney
Posted by Jen | December 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Jim!
Mr. Leano helped me get a full insurance claim after my car accident. Would highly recommend to anyone needing a lawyer for similar reasons.
Posted by Blas | November 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I do recommend this lawyer
James took care of a civil matter that many lawyers I visited would not accept. the level of professionalism and customer value was always there, to those that look for an outstanding legal representation do not look any further. James is the guy
Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Work
I was involved in a traffic accident and the attorney informed me of how the following few weeks would go about in obtaining the money needed for my car repairs. He was able to get me what I wanted and more due to unforeseen expenses. He kept me informed throughout the whole process and he was a pleasure to work with.
Posted by Andrew | October 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent and professional legal counsel
Jim helped me through a very tough insurance conflict after my car accident. He was sincere, approachable, and dedicated to getting me what I needed to recover. Thank you Jim!
Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Super helpful!!
Had gotten into my first car accident and was referred to Mr. Leano. He not only made the process a easy as possible, but kept me informed regarding the status of my case on a routine basis. I would recommend anyone needs a personal injury attorney to see him.
Posted by Moti | December 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Reliable and honest
Jim was very professional from the start. Know what to say to make every step. It was very reliable and honest from the beginning to the end. I highly recommend Jim
Posted by Debbie | December 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Representation for 2 Accidents
I was in a hit & run auto accident & was referred to James by a good friend of mine who was a client of his. I did not have full coverage on my car & didn't think I would have a case. James advised me that I did have a case worth pursuing which gave me hope. Although, the driver of the car that caused the accident was never located, James was able to proceed with a case through my insurance company. James was diligent, worked hard & had the knowledge & skills to ensure I received compensation. I do not feel justice has been served but I am pleased with the way he never gave up, even when the Insurance company was stating the accident was partially my fault. I am more than happy to refer James Leano to anyone who needs legal advice & service. Note: Ironically enough, I was in a 2nd accident 1 week after my car accident took place. However, this was a fall at a restaurant due to unsafe equipment on their part. I was seated in a booth that was broken & falling apart. As I started to move off of the booth, it broke completely apart & I fell to the floor & hit my back & head on the table. The manager & staff knew the booth was broken beforehand. I sustained more severe & different injuries then I had from the car accident 1 week prior & did go to the Emergency room & was in severe pain, more so then the car accident. Again, James handled everything quickly & effectively & I received fair compensation from the restaurant. Due to the knowledge James has, he was able to determine which of my injuries & treatments needed to be associated with each case. I am very grateful that he was referred to me as I don't know what the outcome may have been with someone else. Again, I will definitely refer anyone to James Leno for Legal Consel & Service.
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Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience with great results.
Jim Leano and his team provided excellent and quality service. I always felt that my needs were met and that the firm was invested in me and my case. They were easily accessible, got back to me quickly. Ultimately, he was aggressive and got me the results that I wanted. Jim and his staff all produced the quality of an attorney that anyone would want when hiring a personal injury law attorney. I would recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Alan | April 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Accident Claim
Jim did a great job, he handled everything and kept me updated at all times. the insurance companies offered a few thousand dollars and Jim secured a settlement of over one hundred thousand dollars. I was able to have the back surgery so I could continue working and I have the money to have the neck surgery which will eliminate the pain in my shoulders. Thank you Jim
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Posted by Andrew | April 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Injury lawyer
I was very pleased with Mr. leano's services from start to finish. He promptly answered any questions I had within a matter of hours via E-Mail or telephone call. He always kept me up do date on the status of the case and what my options were. He is very professional and truly cares for his clients. I would highly recommend him to friends and family!
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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent and knowledgeable attorney
Hired Mr. Leano to work on various matters. He is experienced and professional.
Posted by Sindy | April 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Grateful for a wonderful attorney
I'm very pleased with Mr. Leano's expertise and professionalism. He was straight-forward from the beginning and worked hard to help me get the proper care and attention that I needed for my injuries. He was there every step of the way and made himself available for my inquiries. It is for this reason that I highly recommend Mr. Leano to everyone.
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Posted by Frank O | April 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Personal Injury Attorney
Personable, attentive attorney who understood my case and needs. Worked in a timely manner, always took my calls and a quick and efficient resolution to my case.
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 25%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

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AVVO RATING 4.8 (Concern)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2023.

Suspension with Conditions issued in FL, 2023
updated on 01/17/2024

This means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Work Experience

  • President
  • James E. Leano, PA
  • 2011 - Present
  • Managing Attorney
  • AIG/Farmers Staff Counsel - Miami
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Staff Attorney
  • GEICO Staff Counsel - Miami
  • 2002 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • Bernard H. Butts, Jr., PA
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Office Of The State Attorney - 4th Judicial Circuit
  • 1998 - 2000
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Education

  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • University of North Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Please visit www.LeanoLaw.com for a listing of trial results and settlements

Associations

  • Dade County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Miami-Dade Justice Association
  • N/A
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Honors and Awards

  • Board Certified - Civil Trial
  • Florida Bar
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • NANAY - Personal Injury Seminar
  • What To Do If You Have Been In A Car Accident
  • 2017
  • NANAY - Personal Injury Seminar
  • Personal Injury 101
  • 2016
  • GEICO
  • Adjuster/Trial Advocacy Seminars
  • N/A
  • AIG
  • Claims Litigation Management Seminars
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (17)
Endorse James
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is a great guy to have in your corner. I know him to be both incredibly smart and tenacious."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Insurance Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim sincerely cares for all his clients and works passionately for their benefit; he is one smart lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Insurance Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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