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Leon Hillary Jones

Criminal defense Attorney at Tampa, FL

5.0   17 reviews

also known as LHJ LAW (100% CRIMINAL DEFENSE)

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  • Licensed for 33 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1991
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Leon

Learn Leon’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    * Felonies: Racketeering (R.I.C.O.), Drug Trafficking, Drug Sale/Delivery/Possession, Firearms, Burglary, and more. * Violation of Supervision (V.O.P./V.O.C.C.). * Bond Motions * Misdemeanors: Battery/Domestic Violence and more. -Injunctions: criminal and civil. -Traffic: D.U.I./D.W.I., D.W.L.S./H.T.O. and more.

  2. Violent crime
    Murder, Aggravated Battery/Assault, Sex Crimes, Abuse, Robbery/Home Invasion, and more.

  3. DUI and DWI
    DUI/DWI Manslaughter, DWLS/HTO, and more.

  4. White collar crime
    Racketeering (R.I.C.O.), Money Laudering, Theft, Fraud, and more.

  5. Juvenile law
    Both Juvenile Delinquency (criminal) cases and Juvenile Dependency cases (DCF - incl. Petitions for Adj. of Dep. and T.P.R. - abuse, abandonment, neglect - over 1,000 cases)

  6. Child abuse
    Both Criminal Cases and Juvenile Dependency Cases (DCF - Petitions for Adj. of Dep. and T.P.R. - abuse, abandonment, neglect - over 1,000 cases)

  7. Child custody
    Juvenile Dependency/D.C.F. cases - Petition for Adj. of Dep./T.P.R. (abuse, abandonment, neglect) - over 1,000 cases

  8. Computer fraud
    Criminal charges

  9. Credit card fraud

  10. Domestic violence
    Both Criminal Cases and Civil Injunctions

  11. Expungement

  12. Federal crime

  13. Identity theft
    Criminal charges

  14. Insurance fraud

  15. Sex crime

  16. Speeding and traffic ticket
    D.U.I./D.W.I., D.W.L.S. including H.T.O., Reckless Driving, etc.

  17. Tax fraud and tax evasion




* 100% Criminal Defense boutique law office that handles Florida Statewide and Federal cases.  

* Has strategically defended hundreds of clients since 1997.

* Focuses on serious and complex felony cases from the investigative stage up through and including jury trial. 

* Travels to all counties and cities.

* Headquarters/main office is located in Downtown Tampa; additional meeting locations for felony cases are offered in Jacksonville, Orlando, Miami, and other select cities.



LHJ LAW has represented and/or consulted with an array of clients including:

* Attorneys

* Law enforcement family members and friends

* Media/profile individuals

* White-collar professionals

* Foreign nationals



* Criminal Defense Trial Attorney & Founder of LHJ LAW.

* Over 20 years of experience handling criminal cases.

* Member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

* Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

* Former Felony Prosecutor in Florida.

* Graduate of Stetson University College of Law (routinely ranked #1 among U.S. law schools for trial advocacy) and University of Tampa.

* Grew up in England and Canada.



LHJ LAW defends clients with all types of criminal charges including:

* Murder/Homicide

* Racketeering (R.I.C.O.)

* Conspiracy

* Armed Robbery/Burglary/Kidnapping

* Weapons Offenses

* Drug Trafficking/Delivery/Possession

* Sex Crimes

* Child Abuse

* Aggravated Battery & Assault/Domestic Violence

* White-collar Theft/Fraud

* Violation of Supervision (Community Control, Probation)

* Bond Motions (including Nebbia)




The law acts as both a sword and a shield for the protection of society.  At the same time, the Criminal Justice System creates a strain on not only the accused but on family, friends, and employers.  Skill and experience from having worked on both the prosecution and defense sides of the courtroom are brought to bear for every client that entrusts LHJ LAW with his or her case.  Beyond skill and experience, it is the degree of diligence and compassion in working a case that has the greatest impact on results.


Clients seeking legal representation are not only looking for an attorney with a high level of skill and experience in the legal realm, but also a lawyer with a powerful and personable demeanor who understands a client's thoughts and feelings as a unique individual and can effectively translate them to the courtroom.


Clients rightly expect a high level of personalized attention to their cases.  They also often prefer that the attorney they hire will be the attorney handling their case(s) in and out of the courtroom.  Many referred clients have stated that these were significant factors in their decision to retain LHJ LAW and the office has structured its practice to successfully deliver on these expectations.



Client's Choice 2014
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Top Contributor 2014
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LHJ LAW Headquarters/Main Office Bldg. (Tampa)
LHJ LAW Headquarters/Main Office Conf. Rm. (Tampa)
LHJ LAW Logo (Trademarked)


* HEADQUARTERS/MAIN OFFICE * - Hillsborough County (Downtown Tampa)
201 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Suite 1610
Tampa, FL, 33602-5829
Pinellas County Mtg. Loc. (MAIN OFFICE TAMPA)
13575 58th Street North
Clearwater, FL, 33760
Orange County Mtg. Loc. (MAIN OFFICE TAMPA)
390 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL, 32801
Duval County Mtg. Loc. (MAIN OFFICE TAMPA)
301 W. Bay Street
Jacksonsville, FL, 32202
Miami-Dade County Mtg. Loc. (MAIN OFFICE TAMPA)
1395 Brickell Avenue
Miami, FL, 33131
Leon County Mtg. Loc. (MAIN OFFICE TAMPA)
113 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL, 32301
Broward County Mtg. Loc. (MAIN OFFICE TAMPA)
401 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
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5.0 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by Judith | March 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My Wisest Decision
Mr. Jones was extremely proactive and did his research! He was ready for any contingency and as a former prosecutor, he knew exactly what to do and when. He was professional yet compassionate. You know he is truly involved in your case, you are not just a dollar sign!!! His office also kept me well informed in a timely manner.
Posted by Renee | December 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Highly Skillful Criminal Attorney
Mr. Jones is a skilled attorney who is personable, accessible and nothing short of a miracle worker. He worked on my nephew's criminal case to get the best possible outcome we could have hoped for. Mr. Jones has my eternal thanks. I highly recommend him for his professionalism, his humanity, his determination and his outcomes.
Posted by John | July 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI, Felony Neglect, Dependency
My family and I are from China. Mr. Jones has represented me in two cases and both were successful. We are lucky, Mr. Jones is very professional. In the USA, when you are charged with a crime, you need to fight and the outcome depends mostly on the quality of your attorney. The Police and the Florida Division of Children from Families (DCF) will lie to everyone. My first case with Mr. Jones was in 2018 while visiting the USA. The case was a traffic ticket for not having child safety seats for my kids. I was in China when the court case was scheduled and Mr. Jones went to the court. The case was dismissed. My second and third case were in 2020. The Police charged me with DUI and two counts of Felony Child Neglect which also triggered DCF involvement. I consulted a few attorneys including Mr. Jones. He was the better communicator, more careful to listen and also more clear when describing his viewpoint and strategy. I was also impressed that Mr. Jones did not misunderstand anything I said even though I am unusual in my style. Mr. Jones discussed the charges with the Prosecutor and the Felony Neglect was reduced to Misdemeanor. A trespassing charge was added, then later dropped. For the remaining DUI, we had a jury trial. Mr. Jones worked hard and was in control of every detail. He countered each witness with details from their own testimony and destroyed the prosecutor's portrayal of events and made certain it was obvious to the jury. Mr. Jones even discovered and compelled one officer to admit to colluding with one of the witnesses in the case. In our collaboration, Mr. Jones was thoughtful and understanding with me and my family. He prepared me about behavior in court, he instructed me to take careful notes and make observations of the jurors. Mr. Jones gave clear and specific instructions about keeping our conversations and case details private in the courtroom. Testifying is a difficult thing to do but In the end, thanks to Mr. Jones, I was confident enough to testify in my defense. The final result was Not Guilty. The DUI triggered DCF involvement and Mr. Jones helped us with the Dependency case also. He disallowed DCF to paint my wife in any negative way whatsoever while their focus was on me. I'm sure he had fireworks prepared but DCF dropped their case against both of us and returned our children. Why DCF ever went after my wife is beyond me, they are a total joke. I chose Mr. Jones for his experience and because I trust him. Blacks don't get invited to the dinner parties like in the movies, they don't get second chances for mistakes, they don't have mentors, and they aren't clowns like Jacky in Seinfeld. In 2018, I gambled Mr. Jones must be very very intelligent and in 2020 I thought maybe he takes pleasure in taking on lying police and DCF agents. I also reasoned he wouldn't be trusted enough by a dirty prosecutor with an agenda for a certain type of case that might want to do some horsetrading. What I can say for certain in 2021 is Mr. Jones is in fact very intelligent and he doesn't have a chip on his shoulder, he likes to win and he is very good at what he does. We were prepared to leave the USA permanently as a result of the abuse my family has suffered, especially from DCF. We wanted to see it through for our children. Mr. Jones' aggressive defense is why we have the choice to stay in the US without feeling threatened. If the worst happens again, we will just have to beat them again.
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Posted by Jade shallow | March 18, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very kind and knowledgeable
I found him to be extremely informative and ready to help. Easy to get in contact with and ready to help you if he feels necessary. If he feels he cannot I appreciate his honesty and integrity.
Posted by A. | January 25, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank you. Thank you for responding to my message on AVVO. Although I did not speak with you directly, I did contact your office (844) 375-9081. From your website and the female on the telephone your firm do not handle my type of case. In you response you did however direct me to the type of attorney that I required. For this, again, I say THANK YOU!!!! You helped me immensely! Thank you, A.P.
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Posted by b | August 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
So far, so good...
Accused of something I did not knowingly nor intentionally do, due to misunderstanding I believe the result of misrepresentation by my accuser, I realized I needed a better lawyer than the 1st one I spoke with. Initial consultation with Mr Jones was professional and thorough yet personable, conducted with a well balanced tenor and tone of caring formality. Mr Jones' calm seriousness, reflected in the environment, exuded an understated strength which was comforting as it instilled confidence. He offered none of the expected "what you want to hear", "piece-of-cake" sales pitch, instead outlining the realities at hand, including the difficulties and challenges to be faced. Equally, without the faintest hint of bravado, he left me feeling he was well equipped, both knowledgeable and versed, and ready to face them with me, and on behalf. RETAINED. (will follow up with results when conclusion is reached)
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Posted by Rose | March 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Leon Jones Gets the Job Done
A young man of my acquaintance was unfathomably arrested in a domestic violence situation in which he defended an individual who was being attacked. Leon Jones took my phone call at around 10 at night and spent half an hour on the phone with me. The next morning, he represented the young man at his hearing. Leon Jones had the young man out of jail on his own recognizance (meaning no bail needed to be posted) within hours; in fact, the young man was out of jail before 2pm, when the jail person had told me that they would not even start processing paperwork until after 4pm. But that was just the first step. Within three weeks, Leon Jones made the entire thing go away. The young man did not have to appear at any more hearings. All charges were dropped. The case was closed. The family’s stress level went way down. And the young man was able to proceed with his life without this nightmare hanging over his head. I highly recommend Leon Jones. I would use him again. I would recommend him to friends — and I will, should an unfortunate criminal law situation again arise. He was worth every penny of his extremely reasonable rate. And remember, when you are hiring an attorney to help you, you are not just paying for the time they put in on your case; you are paying for their expertise. You are paying for their ability to get the job done. And Leon Jones got the job done — and he did it much faster than anticipated. Leon Jones is the attorney you are looking for.
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Posted by Ian J | March 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Extremely Smart And Effective Attorney
I had to pick a lawyer quickly for a family member in big trouble. Fortunately for me, I picked Leon Jones. I had no prior experience of the US justice system, but Leon got us over the many hurdles and helped us avoid the pitfalls. I know we would have had a disaster if not for him. When it comes to criminal justice, it turns out that the most important thing is to have someone who knows their way around the system. And Leon certainly does. He went way beyond what I was expecting, even negotiating directly with the law enforcement we had run up against. If this was poker, we had a very weak hand. Leon played our few cards exactly right and my family member is now not facing any jail time. It could have been very different. It also helps that he is a superb communicator and kept us in the loop at all times. My entire family is very grateful to him. I hope we never need to use his services again. But if we did I would not hesitate to call him.
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2015
Amazing! Worth every penny!
I had a case in which I was falsely accused. I talked to several attorneys in Tampa. He was a little pricey but I had a gut feeling. I hired him and let him guide me through it all. All I can say is he is a very brilliant man. He kept in touch with me and gave me much needed advice. I can not express how intelligent Mr. Leon Jones is. I was not sure if how he wanted to represent it would be wise but he caught the accuser in a couple of lies and put the case to rest. I realize that he has so much skill and experience that he knows exactly what to do in a court room.
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2015
Amazing Lawyer
Mr. Jones is an amazing lawyer. He handled two cases thus far for me and has had both dismissed. At one point he left the prosecuting attorney speechless. He handled both cases with the least amount of disruption to my life. Mr. Jones has my up most respect and would be the only attorney I would ever recommend to anyone.
Posted by Ryan | June 16, 2014
The issue with this site is there are not enough stars to really tell you how amazing he was. Very informative and successful in his work. He also worked with me on price when no one else would! highly recommended.
Posted by Jonathan | April 23, 2014
This is your guy!
Mr Jones is a very knowledgeable and smart man who represented me on a case in which I was facing 30 years for armed trafficking and got all my charges withheld adjudication and no felony convictions. I can't thank him enough, my life would be totally different if it weren't for him. Great communication and defense tactics. Highly recommended!
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Posted by Henly | April 15, 2014
Professional and Aggressive Defense at its Best.
My experience with Mr. Jones --LHJ Law Firm was superb. From the moment I entered the office I had a feeling of contentment and comfort. Mr Jones represented me on a few cases and I must say his representation was professional , Aggressive, outstanding and very efficient. I was completely satisfied. I would not hesitate to recommend LHJ Law to anyone who needs an excellent Attorney who will go the extra mile for his clients he makes you feel as if he cares about your welfare.
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Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2014
Domestic Violence due to divorce
Mr. Jones handled my case with the least amount of disruption to my life. Mr. Jones had the case dismissed as the situation was something silly that occurred when emotions get the better of your calm judgment. Mr. Jones presented all possible outcomes for this case and work to obtain the one which was most beneficial to me. I would definitely recommend Mr. Jones as her came highly recommended to me by another attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2014
Thank you Leon your an amazing attorney!
Attorney Leon jones was extremely helpful I couldn't have had a better lawyer he was quick to respond ,always available when I had any questions ,extremely knowledgeable and handled my case with great results I recommend Leon to anyone and everyone I know that is in need of legal counsel he's the best there is! Thank you Leon !
Posted by Amanda Colon | March 15, 2014
Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in Tampa, FL
Wow! Where do I start my case I was facing 25 years to life sentence for Armed Robbery with a weapon. I know people say it wasn't me or I had nothing to do with it . In my case I didn't and in less than a month after hiring Mr. Jones he got my case released with no charges what so ever. This is my first experience with a lawyer and I was amazed with how everything went down and professional, honest, and trust worthy he was. I was recommended to him and I was very thankful for the work he did for me . He truly loves what he's does and is great at it. He will go above and beyond to get the results you will need. He is someone I will never forget and I am very happy he represented me.
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Posted by Maurietta | June 4, 2012
Very pleasant and hardworking lawyer
I had Mr Jones work on two criminal cases for me. He is very caring as well as articulate and he knows how to get the state to drop charges. One of my cases was dismissed and the other one I went to trial and was found not guilty. His arguments were so undisputable, the opposing party was speecheless.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 750-1500 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder & CEO / Criminal Defense Attorney
  • 1997 - Present
  • Advisor
  • Ameriprise
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Advisor
  • Chatfield Dean
  • 1995 - 1995
  • Attorney
  • Barr, Murman & Tonelli
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Office Of The State Attorney
  • 1990 - 1994
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  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • University of Tampa
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Numerous Cases 1997-present
  • Numerous


  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2018
  • Top Lawyer
  • Global Directory of Who's Who
  • 2016
  • Competitive Trial Team
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • N/A
  • Competitive Appellate Argument Team
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • N/A
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  • AVVO Legal Guides
  • Top 10 Things to Remember While Out on Bond
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • T.V. Show "Fatal Attraction"
  • Legal Commentator--Homicide Case
  • 2017
  • National Trial Competiton
  • Mock Trial (Panel Judge)
  • 2017
  • Oral Argument
  • National Pretrial Competition (Panel Judge)
  • 2016
  • National Tournament
  • Moot Court Argument (Panel Judge)
  • 2016
  • Mock Trial Competition (Hillsborough County MIddle School)
  • Mock Trial Competition (Creator & Judge)
  • 2016
  • Mock Trial Competition (Hillsborough County Elementary School)
  • Mock Trial Competition
  • 2016
  • Mock Trial Competition (Hillsborough County Middle School)
  • Mock Trial Competition (Creator & Judge)
  • 2015
  • Moot Court Competition (University of Tampa)
  • Moot Court Competition (Panel Judge)
  • 2014
  • Mock Trial Competition (Hillsborough County Middle/High School)
  • Mock Trial Competition (Creator & Judge)
  • 2014
  • Legal Redress Workshop (Summer)
  • Restoration of Civil Rights and Sealing/Expunction
  • 2014
  • Legal Redress Workshop (Fall)
  • Restoration of Civil Rights and Sealing/Expunction
  • 2014
  • Mock Trial Competition (Hillsborough County Middle/High School)
  • Mock Trial Competition (Creator & Judge)
  • 2013
  • Great American Teach-in
  • A Career in the Legal Profession
  • 2013
  • National Association of Human Resource Workers (Tampa Bay Chapter)
  • The Criminal Justice System from the Perspective of the Human Resource Professional
  • 2012
  • Mock Trial Competition (Hillsborough County Middle/High School
  • Mock Trial Competition (Creator & Judge)
  • 2012
  • Teen Achiever's Program
  • Mock Trial Competition (Creator)
  • 2011
  • Mock Trial Competition (Hillsborough County Middle/High School)
  • Mock Trial Competition (Creator & Judge)
  • 2011
  • Junior Achievement
  • Program Speaker
  • 2011
  • Mock Trial Competition (Stetson University College of Law)
  • Mock Trial Competition (Judge)
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (10)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mister Jones is one of the most highly liked and respected attorneys in Tampa. He is known to always be dedicated to the causes of his clients, and for constantly developing ideas to best present his client's cases and legal defenses. It is a real pleasure to be in the same bar as him; I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Leon Jones. I have known Leon for more than 15 years and know he is a highly respected, highly talented criminal defense attorney. I would not hesitate to send a client to him and would have total faith that Leon would be the best attorney for my client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've referred several criminal law cases to Mr. Jones and he has handled each one with the utmost level of professionalism and expertise. The clients I've referred to him have had nothing but good things to say about him. I 100% endorse Mr. Jones and will continuing referring clients to him with confidence."
General practice Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Leon is a tireless advocate for his clients and a staunch supporter of the rule of law. In my dealings with Leon as an Assistant State Attorney, I knew him to be ethical, prepared and always willing to listen. As court appointed counsel for parents accused of abusing their children, Leon was compassionate and concerned for all the parties involved and did he utmost best to ensure that families who were separate by unfortunate circumstances had the chance to reunite."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Child abuse Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly. I have known Mr. Jones for over a decade and hold him in the highest esteem. I respect him as opposing counsel because he not only has the skills to apply the law correctly, he also has the skills to negotiate effectively as well. This is a rare combination, and one which leads to very effective representation. Beyond that, Mr. Jones is a straight shooter. He doesn't engage in exaggeration or hyperbole. His word is his bond, and in a field where trust is hard-earned and lost easily, he has mine. If I needed legal representation, his name would be at the top of my list of attorneys to call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Leon Jones on two cases and found him to be a hard-working and diligent attorney. I would recommend him without hesitation."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Jones for years and he has always been a more than capable attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is honest, hard working, professional, and committed to providing his clients with personal and dedicated representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Leon is a conscientious and effective lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Leon is a gifted, hard-working lawyer who is dedicated to serving his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
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Tampa Criminal defense Lawyer Leon Hillary Jones
Leon Hillary Jones
Criminal defense Attorney
Tampa, FL
Licensed for 33 years
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