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Michael D. Leader

Insurance Attorney at Fort Lauderdale, FL

5.0   9 reviews

also known as LEADER, LEADER & ZUCKER, PLLC

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  • Licensed for 23 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2000
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Insurance
    90%
    Most of my time (me and my firm) is spent on first party insurance matters representing insureds against their own insurance companies (or vendors holding assignments of benefits) for underpaid and improperly denied.

    26 years

  2. Criminal defense
    3%
    Criminal, DUI & Federal Criminal made up about 85% of my practice for many years. I am still regularly asked to assist and consult due to my vast experience and history of favorable results.

    26 years

  3. DUI and DWI
    3%
    Criminal, DUI & Federal Criminal made up about 85% of my practice for many years. I am still regularly asked to assist and consult due to my vast experience and history of favorable results.

    26 years

  4. Federal crime
    2%
    Criminal, DUI & Federal Criminal made up about 85% of my practice for many years. I am still regularly asked to assist and consult due to my vast experience and history of favorable results.

    21 years

  5. Litigation
    2%
    Please ignore the arbitrary percentages. Litigation, including complex civil, insurance, DUI and criminal has always been the predominant part of my practice. Currently first party insurance is my primary focus in the last several years.

    26 years

INNOVATIVE, SKILLED, EXPERIENCED, KNOWLEDGEABLE & AGGRESSIVE CALL TO SPEAK WITH MICHAEL D. LEADER! REPRESENTING INSUREDS WITH UNDERPAID AND IMPROPERLY DENIED INSURANCE CLAIMS!

Former prosecutor, recruited by most preeminant DUI defense firm to handle all DUIs in two counties.  Been handling DUI and other criminal charges since 1998.

When you need a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney, you can rely on the experience and expertise of Michael D. Leader. With past experience as an Assistant State Attorney in Broward County, Michael D. Leader has a wealth of prosecutorial experience with a multiplicity of criminal cases that he now brings to bear on the defense side of the aisle as he provides you with the vigorous representation that you can depend on. Having been hired out of the State Attorney’s office by a prestigious DUI defense team, he quickly transitioned to the other side of the courtroom as he successfully handled most of the clients for his firm that had cases in Monroe and Dade counties. - See more at: #
When you need a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney, you can rely on the experience and expertise of Michael D. Leader. With past experience as an Assistant State Attorney in Broward County, Michael D. Leader has a wealth of prosecutorial experience with a multiplicity of criminal cases that he now brings to bear on the defense side of the aisle as he provides you with the vigorous representation that you can depend on. Having been hired out of the State Attorney’s office by a prestigious DUI defense team, he quickly transitioned to the other side of the courtroom as he successfully handled most of the clients for his firm that had cases in Monroe and Dade counties. - See more at: #

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Location

LEADER, LEADER & ZUCKER, PLLC
633 South Andrews Avenue
Suite 201
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301-2269

Reviews

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Posted by Rebecca | November 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gets the Job Done!
Michael really came through for me in my time of need. He handled my case swiftly and professionally. His staff was courteous and very helpful. They answered all my questions right away. I would certainly use Mr. Leader services again in the future if needed.
Posted by Carl | June 26, 2015
A fighter in court, yet gentle at heart
I've never met a compassionate lawyer like Micheal. Me being a single father, Micheal made sure I was not taken away from my son. Not only he takes pride in his work, but Micheal also cares for his clients (Unlike most lawyers who attempts to use the "fear" approach on their clients to get what they want or to fork over more cash). Michael kept me informed and up to date with any occurrences regarding my case. He is honest, confident, and comforting. Being wrongfully accused, Micheal fought hard for me and was able to have the injunction vacated and handled the criminal charge. I'm proud to say having Micheal to represent me was the best decision I've ever made!
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Posted by Natalie | January 19, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Michael Leader and Anita were not only amazing, they were kind. I can't say enough good things about them. Michael calmed me multiple times throughout my DUI case and even took the time to call me more than once to make sure I was ok. We went to court yesterday and won. I am 100% certain that if it were not for Michael I would have lost. I cannot express my gratitude enough. Both he and Anita are wonderful people and excellent at their jobs.
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Posted by maura | May 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
THE BEST!!!
Mr.Leader is the best at what he does! His name says it all! If you have a DUI case, best believe he will work over time to make sure he gets a satisfying verdict for you! He is Super sweet and honest. Mr. Leader is the lawyer you need!! Thanks for your help! No words can describe how much you helped My whole family for what you did for us! You are a true leader!
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Posted by Milo Y. | August 10, 2015
Exceptional attorney with high integrity!
Michael Leader is an exceptional attorney with great professionalism. I was referred to Michael through another attorney as I reside in another state. I had to rely on Michael’s word initially as the conversation was over the phone and a decision had to be made quickly under the circumstances. The situation I was in was the most difficult and trying time in my life and I needed the best, someone who truly cared, listened and someone with integrity as this person would be representing me. I did not ever think I would be in the circumstances I was in, but I was and all I could hope for was for someone to treat me as I would treat them. I am truly grateful that Michael and I crossed that path and he represented me. He is as genuine as he comes across as. He fought as hard as I hoped he would and never gave up with all the challenges we faced. He kept me informed with every possible detail and always did what he said he was going to do, even if it was as simple as calling me back. I put my trust in him and relied on his experience to help me through the trying time and he did not fail. Michael has the high standards I look for in a professional and would definitely recommend and utilize his services if needed again without thinking twice. Thank you for all your hard work and continue to do exceptional work!
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Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2015
Great Lawyer and Firm
When a family friend was in trouble, he was quick to help and they were always there to answer all our questions. Great service and tons of experience! If we ever need a lawyer in the future we know where to go, and I'd definitely recommend him.
Response from Michael Leader June 19, 2015
Glad to be of service. I am always here to help. I am glad we were able to work things out for your friend and that everyone was happy with the outcome. It is not possible to win every case but no matter how insurmountable it may seem, I will always fight as hard as I can with everything I have for those that put their trust and faith in me as their lawyer...an honor I do not take lightly!
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Posted by Alyssa | June 18, 2015
Can't get better than Michael Leader!
Michael has represented many of my family and friends. I am not sure how he does it but somehow he manages to get incredible outcomes in each and every case. He is not the least expensive but far from the most expensive which actually surprised us. Based upon his experience reputation and results we originally expected him to be much more expensive than he was. Definitely not for those that are bargain shopping but I doubt there is anyone else that you will get as much value from in terms of the fees he charges compared to the work and results he regularly seems to deliver. He and his staff were always honest. straight forward and helpful to us in each and every manner he has assisted with. Do yourself a favor and don't get fooled by the guys that promise similar results for deeply discounted fees. In our experience before meeting Michael very few lawyers delivered on their promises or even seemed to care about our case once they had our money. By contrast, Michael never stops fighting and repeatedly goes above and beyond. This is an easy choice. Leader should be your go to guy.
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Response from Michael Leader June 19, 2015
Thanks Alyssa....There are few greater compliments than client's referring me to their own friends and family. It is a good sign that I have earned your trust and proven to you I mean what I say and will do everything I can to help and be there for my clients. I am grateful for the kind words and that you took time from you busy day and personal obligations to leave these comments. Really means a lot. Thanks again.
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Posted by Pete | June 18, 2015
This guy is the best! He really cares and his skills really show in court
Mr. Leader was so caring helpful and honest with us throughout our ordeal. He never stopped fighting and his skill and ability really seemed to exceed most (maybe all) the other attorneys we so in court all of the times we were there (and there were a lot of other lawyers we so handling cases). He got us a great outcome and is truly a top notch lawyer that you can trust and rely on. He will not make you any promises about how your case will turn out but that is one of the reasons we trusted us....he was one of the few that did not seem like he was trying to sell us on something and did not want to make representations that he might not be able to deliver on. Everything he did tell us he stayed true to his word on.
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Response from Michael Leader June 19, 2015
I really appreciate you taking the time to leave this feedback. As you know, I genuinely care about my cases, clients and their families. I could not be happier that you were referred to me and I was able to help. Wish you and the family all the best.
Posted by Michael Giulianti JD | October 7, 2013
Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in South Florida
There is no one who has cared about my life and believed in me when wrongfully accused. I may have to keep doing the right thing and see to it that my judgment doesn't hurt me. I will spend more time on the review after I get more time. Just wanted to make sure he gets the props as the best criminal lawyer in Fort Lauderdale.
Response from Michael Leader June 19, 2015
We have certainly been through a few battles and I could not be happier I have managed to keep you coming out on top every single time!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Leader & Leader, P.A.
  • 2007 - Present
  • Founding Partner
  • Fann & Petruccelli, PA
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Associate Attorney
  • McIntosh, Sawran, Peltz & Cartaya
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Attorney
  • Essen & Essen, Et. Al.
  • 2002 - 2002
  • Intern, CLI, Assistant State Attorney
  • Office Of The State Attorney
  • 1998 - 2002
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Education

  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • University of Florida
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • DUI
  • DUI dropped by state resulted in withhold on civil infraction
  • DUI .000 breath urine refusal charges dropped
  • Charges dropped
  • Burglary Battery, False Imprisonment, Felony Battery
  • All felony charges dropped; no conviction; no jail
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Associations

  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • MEMBER
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Advocacy of DUI Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2012 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Stephen R. Booher American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • B'nai B'rith Justice Unit
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Lawyers under 40
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • JOSEPH F. CARTER PROFESSIONALISM AWARD
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • 2014
  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2013
  • Top100 DUI Defense Lawyer
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2013
  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2012
  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2011
  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2010
  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2009
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2009
  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2008
  • Up & Coming Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2007
  • Up & Coming Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2006
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Publications

  • Chapter 400 Litigation Guide
  • Chapter 400 Litigation in Florida
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • Nuts and Bolts of a DUI case
  • DUI
  • 2002

Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (20)
Endorse Michael
Unknown Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am impressed with Mr. Leader's thoughtful advice and answers to legal questions on Avvo. He has an in-depth understanding of the law and an ability to communicate legal concepts clearly and effectively. I endorse this lawyer!"
Insurance Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Have known Michael for quite some time. Very knowledgeable and personable, As such, I would have no qualms referring him insurance matters that I cannot handle. Evan M. Ostfeld, Esq."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an amazing attorney, quick and brilliant. You will be in great hands with him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Leader is an outstanding lawyer. With sharp, aggressive, and excellent interpersonal communication skills, his clients are always well-represented. I recommend him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As a former prosecutor, I dealt with Michael on many cases and I have the utmost respect for him. His knowledge of the law and ability to effectively argue and convey it in court are at the highest level. I strongly endorse Michael."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michael is a tough lawyer who fights hard for his clients. He gets phenomenal results because he is experienced, skilled and knows how to win. Highly recommended, especially if you are facing serious felony charges or a DUI."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Leader is well respected in the legal community. His work ethic is second to none. He is an excellent advocate for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is very knowledgeable in the current case law and fights extremely well for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an excellent DUI attorney and I refer all my DUI clients to him. His professionalism, dedication and determination are reasons why he is top of his field. He loves getting the best results for his clients. You will be in the best hands in you retain him. Call Michael Leader at 954.523.2020. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael wrote the book on professionalism. I am always amazed by his dedication and work ethic. He puts his heart and soul into each and every case and cares deeply about his client's well being and their success in the accusations lodged against them. I trust his legal advice entirely and have worked with him in the past on numerous matters. I am proud to call him a colleague of mine."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I had a civil matter in which Mr. Leader had successfully represented the plaintiff in an underlying criminal matter and I was very impressed with Mr. Leader's handling of the defense and representation of his client even after the criminal matter had concluded."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Leader is an excellent ambassador in the field of criminal defense. He works extremely hard in achieving successful results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Super approachable and knowledgeable. Michael Leader is always ready and willing to lend a hand on any case. He is a great litigator and excellent trial attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
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