Overview

Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the City of Brotherly Love and soft pretzels, Ms. Leahy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lycoming College, where she majored in Literature, and then attended Temple University School of Law, where she was on the Dean’s List. After temporarily moving to Florida due to her husband’s job transfer, she decided to stay in the South Florida warmth, and received her Juris Doctor from Nova University. After working a brief stint as in house counsel for an insurance company, she joined Walton Lantaff in 1983, and was elected to Senior Partner in 1992. Ms. Leahy is the first female Senior Partner in the firm’s history. Since becoming a partner, she has held several management positions in the firm and is responsible for the firm’s seminar program.

Practice Areas:

  • Civil Trial and appeals, in all areas of first and third party insurance defense, including all types of negligence and intentional tort claims, like premises liability, negligent hiring and supervision, assault and battery, and malicious prosecution claims and the defense of excessive force and other civil rights claims in state and federal court.
  • Workers’ Compensation trial and appeal defense
  • Employment Discrimination and Wage and Hour Defense
  • Governmental Liability
  • Governmental Entities
  • Employment and Labor Law

Admitted to Practice:

  • Florida- 1980
  • United States Supreme Court 1991
  • United States District Court Southern District of Florida 1981
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida 2004

Education:

  • Lycoming College 1977 Magna Cum Laude
  • Temple University School of Law 1978
  • Nova University J.D. 1980

Professional or Trade Affiliations

  • Active in Risk Insurance Management Society ( RIMS)
  • Active in South Florida Public Risk Management Association ( PRIMA)

Honors & Awards

  • A-V rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Book Award recipient: Federal Practice and Procedure Book Award and Family Law Book Award

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