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* 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.



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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. Violent Crime: 25%
  3. White Collar Crime: 7%
  4. DUI & DWI: 5%
  5. Other: 13%
  6. More 



Hourly ($750-1500/hour), Fixed (always), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jorge Leon Chalela

    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.


    Jorge Chalela Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Nathan Brook Nutter

    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.


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Contact info

* 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



FLMember in Good Standing199106/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2016
Top LawyerGlobal Directory of Who's Who2016
Competitive Trial TeamStetson University College of LawN/A
Competitive Appellate Argument TeamStetson University College of LawN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder & CEO / Criminal Defense AttorneyLHJ LAW1997 - Present
AdvisorAmeriprise1996 - 1997
AdvisorChatfield Dean1995 - 1995
AttorneyBarr, Murman & Tonelli1994 - 1995
Prosecuting AttorneyOffice Of The State Attorney1990 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Numerous Cases 1997-presentNumerous
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Publication nameTitleDate
AVVO Legal GuidesTop 10 Things to Remember While Out on Bond2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of TampaPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Mock Trial Competition (Hillsborough County MIddle School)Mock Trial Competition (Creator & Judge)2016
Mock Trial Competition (Hillsborough County Elementary School)Mock Trial Competition2016
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/Expunction2014
Legal Redress Workshop (Fall)Restoration of Civil Rights and Sealing/Expunction2014
Mock Trial Competition (Hillsborough County Middle/High School)Mock Trial Competition (Creator & Judge)2013
Great American Teach-inA Career in the Legal Profession2013
National Association of Human Resource Workers (Tampa Bay Chapter)The Criminal Justice System from the Perspective of the Human Resource Professional2012
Mock Trial Competition (Hillsborough County Middle/High SchoolMock Trial Competition (Creator & Judge)2012
Teen Achiever's ProgramMock Trial Competition (Creator)2011
Mock Trial Competition (Hillsborough County Middle/High School)Mock Trial Competition (Creator & Judge)2011
Junior AchievementProgram Speaker2011
Mock Trial Competition (Stetson University College of Law)Mock Trial Competition (Judge)N/A