Practice Areas

How We Help Our Clients

We know there are so many law firms you can choose from today. We are different because we live here. We work here. Our commitment, as well as our heart and mind and home, is to this city. When we talk about making our streets safer, those are our streets. When we advocate to end human trafficking, those are our kids we want coming home at night.

With over one hundred combined years here in Tallahassee and south Georgia, you know us. Chances are we went to high school together, our kids played on the same little league team and your son or daughter received our scholarship to go to college.

We know, more than anything, it is working with you right here in Tallahassee that makes us successful. Our approach is simple. We want to provide you with the best possible legal representation on your unique case. This is why we work in teams. Let us share with you how we help our clients, just like you, right here in Tallahassee and the surrounding areas.

Personal Injury

Our civil team handles cases involving almost all types of serious personal injury and wrongful death matters including car accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home injury claims, negligent security claims and defective product injuries. While a car accident may be the first thing you think of when it comes to personal injury today, there are many other types of personal injury and wrongful death. We are here to advocate on your behalf if there is any form of injury that may be due to the negligence of a person or company. Let us share with you more of the ways we can help you and your loved ones right here in Tallahassee.

Criminal Defense

Our legal defense team is confident in our ability to make sure you receive the absolute best defense possible. We have extensive experience handling a wide variety of criminal matters and, when contacted early in the case, can oftentimes keep you from being arrested or help you minimize the consequences of an arrest. We know this is a serious time in your life and you will have many questions. Don’t wait to ask us your questions about your legal rights and let our local team of attorneys help you. Remember, our criminal defense team represents individuals not just in Tallahassee but throughout Leon, Wakulla, Gadsden, Franklin, and Jefferson counties.

Nursing Home Injuries and Death

There may come a time when you or your loved one is no longer able to independently live safely at home. Most long-term care facilities such as skilled nursing homes and assisted living facilities do the best they can to provide comfortable living conditions and medical treatment to their residents. Unfortunately, and all too often, there are problems that end up in serious neglect, personal injury, wrongful death or outright abuse of a nursing home resident. If you believe your elderly loved one has been harmed due to wrongdoing at their nursing home facility, ask us.

Employment Discrimination

Our employment discrimination team works with both employees and employers. Your job is a part of your life and we are dedicated to ensuring that you have the best representation possible. Whether you are an employee who has been unfairly treated or an employer that has been served a lawsuit, we know how to navigate the federal and state laws that apply to your case. Learn more about how we assist clients with serious employment-related claims including all type of discrimination, wrongful termination, FMLA claims, sexual harassment, retaliation and whistleblower claims.

Estate Planning, Probate, Trust Administration and Estate Litigation

Protecting to yourself and your family is at the very heart of estate planning. We assist our clients with planning for the future and this means creating the wills, trusts and advanced directives they need now and well into the future. We do more, however, than plan for your lifetime needs. We also will represent your loved ones should a dispute arise that concerns a will, trust or inheritance claim. Our experienced litigation team knows how to advocate for you and can handle these issues should the need arise.

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Client Testimonials

Our Clients say it best!

“I will always remember this and his professionalism”

Dean Leboeuf represented me a long time ago and consulted that I only needed a public defender. He took the time to come to the court room and let the judge know that I was seeking other counsel. He did not charge me for this. I will always remember this and D. Wu

“I do know that I won’t have to struggle financially and for that I will always be grateful”

I do know that I won’t have to struggle financially and for that I will always be grateful to you and your hard work. You listened to me as I outlined what my parameters were and then you went about obtaining the very best outcome for me within those guidelines. I am grateful that you have made it possible for me to enjoy the remainder of my life with my family and friends.
Patty

“Knowing that the legal aspect of this nightmare is in the hands of someone”

Knowing that the legal aspect of this nightmare is in the hands of someone with your knowledge and talent takes a weight off my shoulders. Thank you.
David

“Thank you for all that you did.”

Thank you for all that you did. For the last two years you stood by our side and gave us the guidance and confidence we needed to get through.
Jenna

“You helped us preserve family harmony at every juncture.”

Thank you for navigating us through the torturous path…you helped us preserve family harmony at every juncture.
Paul

“Words cannot express the gratitude”

Words cannot express the gratitude I have for you taking some of my burden off of me.
Jason

“I appreciated his honesty”

I spoke with over a dozen criminal defense attorneys before selecting John Leace. From our first meeting, I knew that he was the right one for my loved one’s case. He was straightforward and let me know that the case was going to be an uphill battle. read more »
 John Leace. Rikki S.

“Mr. Scott has been amazing in this difficult time of my life”

Mr. Scott has been amazing in this difficult time of my life. I thought that my case would take a lot longer than it did. He was very informative and walk me through the whole process step by step. read more »
Stacie D.

“I highly recommend John Leace”

I highly recommend John Leace. Working with John Leace has been a pleasure, he kept his word and help me get the best outcome on my situation! He will not steer you in the wrong direction. His staff is also very helpful, Jessica checks in with you periodically to see if you have any questions and to keep you updated with what is going on.

Alyssa P.

“They made us feel like family, like our best interest was their motivation”

They made us feel like family, like our best interest was their motivation, not just a paycheck to them. It was a very stressful time for us and they really helped by making our experience with them easy and as stress free as it could be and closed things in a very timely fashion. Thank you all very much!

Edward S.

“Haven’t had to utilize their services, but the staff has always been helpful for referrals to get me what I ultimately needed”

Haven’t had to utilize their services, but the staff has always been helpful for referrals to get me what I ultimately needed.

Keitia F.

“Amazing lawyers with a warm heat for their client”

Amazing lawyers with a warm heat for their client. They work their hardest even with a large amount of workload! Thank you!

Travis B.

“Wonderful firm!!”

Wonderful firm!! Everyone that I have communicated with treated me as if they knew me for years. I thought my case was going to drag out and they (Mr. Scott) wrapped it up sooner than anticipated.

Stacie D.

“John Leace is a great lawyer that provides excellent service”

John Leace is a great lawyer that provides excellent service.

Jake M.

“Marvelous to work with”

Marvelous to work with.

Donna B.

“I need a business contract written, the team was quick and professional”

I need a business contract written, the team was quick and professional. Great group of people to work with.

Peter W.

“This is a family firm!”

This is a family firm! I worked most closely with Matthew Foster regarding BP claims and he was so passionate about all of his clients. They treat you like family, and I am proud to have worked with such a loyal firm.

Lauren S.

“Dean Laboeuf represented me a long time ago and consulted that I only needed a public defender”

Dean Laboeuf represented me a long time ago and consulted that I only needed a public defender. you took the time to come to the court room and let the judge know that I was seeking other counsel. you did not charge me a dime. I will always remember this and your professionalism

Dave W.

“They are excellent, expert and compassionate!”

We referr clients to Scott Gwartney and Dean LeBoeuf when they have been harmed by caregivers or facilities. They are excellent, expert and compassionate! Our clients are happy and treated with dignity.

Twyla S.

“They were very caring about my situation and my husband, I highly recommend them”

They were very caring about my situation and my husband, I highly recommend them.

Kathy T.

“I knew that he was the right one for my loved one’s case”

I spoke with over a dozen criminal defense attorneys before selecting John Leace. From our first meeting, I knew that he was the right one for my loved one’s case. He was straightforward and let me know that the case was going to be an uphill battle. read more »

John Leace. Erica

“John was a huge help to me”

John was a huge help to me. Not only did he guide me through the legal process but he was a calming voice of reason. Having been blindsided by something, I had no answers but after sitting with John and his team, I instantly had some.

Mike

“He was good as to keeping us informed”

I hired Mr. Leace to represent my son in 3 Felony case in Gadsden and Leon County (a case of mistaken identity). He was good as to keeping us informed as the status and the progression of my son’s cases.

Scott

“John stood by me through a 1 1/2 year criminal court case”

John stood by me through a 1 1/2 year criminal court case. He was honest, communicative and a pleasure to have as my attorney. He had the experience and knowledge to know how to proceed with my case and, more importantly, how to deal with the DA in my case. 

Keith

“YES I RECOMMEND THIS PROFESSIONAL COOL HEADED GENIOUS!!!!!”

I HIRED LEACE BACK IN 2011 IN LEON COUNTY AND FOR JACKSON COUNTY.FOR 6 FELONY CHARGES HE WAS REALLY REASONABLE.HES A STRAIGHT FORWARD GUY AND THATS WHAT I LIKED ABOUT HIM THE MOST.WHEN HE TELLS YOU TO BE COOL HE WILL HANDLE IT MEANS HE WILL HANDLE IT. read more »

Harry

“John represented me as professionally and advantageously as possible”

John represented me as professionally and advantageously as possible, I have the utmost confidence that he did the best thing possible for me at all stages given the environment he operated in.  read more »

Spencer

“Mr Leace did a fantastic job both times”

Never put yourself in a situation where you need to deal with law enforcement. However, should events put yourself in this predicament, i.e. an altercation in a public place, always hire an attorney who will be a wolverine but who also knows how to plea bargain with the district attorney. read more »

Michaelle

“John Leace is a phenomenal lawyer”

John Leace is a phenomenal lawyer. I went to him almost in tears over a criminal charge that consisted of two felonies I was being charged with, and had very little money. Mr. Leace completely put me at ease, and worked with me on price and payments.  read more »

Gordon

“He does an excellent job and responds promptly to all requests”

Ryan has been my labor and employment lawyer for the past 4 years. He does an excellent job and responds promptly to all requests.

Lester

John Lease is a great lawyer very compassionate about his clients and excellent at what he does

John Lease is a great lawyer very compassionate about his clients and excellent at what he does I highly recommend him to anyone that is being falsely accused or need any legal representation. 

Merc D.

“Best Lawyer in Tallahassee for Criminal Defense & FSU Hearings!”

The right “pitbull” when you need a great defense attorney. Matt is very professional and think outside the box. He knows when to put pressure on the other parties and when to back off. He is the right “pitbull” to get when you are defending yourself. I highly recommend him!

Matt Foster.

John Lease is a great lawyer very compassionate about his clients and excellent at what he does

John Lease is a great lawyer very compassionate about his clients and excellent at what he does I highly recommend him to anyone that is being falsely accused or need any legal representation. 

Merc D.

“When there was “too much at stake” Mr. LeBoeuf was certainly there for me”

When there was “too much at stake” Mr. LeBoeuf was certainly there for me. He is empathetic, competent, insightful, wise, and for me literally “a lawyer’s lawyer”. His guidance, analysis, personal support, practice and professionalism are best-in-category. I will be forever grateful for his objective and always-courteous service to me as his client. His comprehensive vision of the entire matter, as well as his honorable advice and presentations, were instrumental in the circumstances and in clarifying the resolution of the matter. One could not ask for more or better legal services. He is a consummate and reliable professional, and a genuinely good person, who understands and accomplishes fairness.
Anderson