Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Lawyer Michael D. Leader is Multi-Faceted, Skilled, and Experienced

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.

Is Your Criminal Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale Prepared Should Your Case Go to Trial? Michael D. Leader Has Experience on Both Sides of the Courtroom

Michael D. Leader has had success in and out of the courtroom that will benefit your case. Whether he takes your case to trial or if he intuits he can successfully convince the prosecutor to drop or reduce the charges against you, you can trust that his decision comes from well over 100 efficacious jury trials and innumerable victories in negotiations with prosecutors. He also recognizes that in terms of time, effort, and money spent, it is in your best interests to avoid the trial process when at all possible, so as your Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney, Mr. Leader will thoroughly investigate your case to find those portions of evidence, police procedures, and other circumstances that are questionable or inadmissible in order to get them thrown out of court or to convince the prosecution that there is no viable case against you.

Breadth and Depth of Legal Experience in One Broward County Criminal Defense Attorney: Michael D. Leader

In addition to his experience with the State Attorney’s office and in serving with the defense firm that first recruited him, Michael D. Leader worked with McIntosh, Sawran, Peltz, Cartaya & Petruccelli, PA where he developed and honed his litigation skills while handling general liability and personal injury claims, including auto and slip and fall accident cases (resbalones y caidas in Spanish). During his tenure at the McIntosh firm, Mr. Leader went head to head with some of the finest litigators in Florida, sharpening his pre-suit, discovery, deposition, and general litigation skills.

Mr. Leader went on to become a founding partner with Fann & Petruccelli, where he gained extensive experience with healthcare litigation and increased his ability to manage and balance a demanding caseload, from pre-suit through trial, of complex litigation in the areas of healthcare litigation, insurance defense, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, commercial litigation, auto liability, personal injury protection, premises liability, and criminal-related matters. During that time, it was not unusual for Mr. Leader to be responsible for up to 65 cases at a time.

It was from this valuable combination of experiences that Leader & Leader was born, as Michael D. Leader made the decision to focus all of the experience he had garnered toward criminal defense in South Florida so that he could give the personalized attention to each case that it demanded. In founding Leader & Leader, Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer Michael D. Leader has always sought to provide the skill, knowledge, experience, and aggressive representation that would afford each client the finest Broward County defense team possible. Though Mr. Leader is well-known as a highly skilled South Florida DUI lawyer, his skill is not limited to DUI cases. In addition to the firm’s extensive civil practice, Mr. Leader routinely handles all criminal charges, including serious felonies and white collar crimes in both state and federal court.

Accolades and Honors: Fort Lauderdale Criminal Lawyer Michael D. Leader Recognized by Peers for Excellence and Ethical Standards

Michael D. Leader has been recognized for his many legal accomplishments by peers and organizations within the legal industry. Twice honored as an “Up and Coming Legal Elite” and recognized for five consecutive years as one of Florida’s “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine, Mr. Leader brings a level of excellence to each case that is to be commended. In addition, Mr. Leader has received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a peer review rating that is based on Mr. Leader’s commitment to legal excellence and ethical standards. In other words, Michael D. Leader is recognized by his legal colleagues for having high levels of ability and integrity in and out of the courtroom.

His local accolades are equally impressive. He was honored when the Board of County Commissioners proclaimed April 13, 2008 as Michal D. Leader Day in Broward County. Along with other judges and lawyers in the area, he has served on the Board of the B’nai B’rith Justice Unit #5207, as well as serving as their president. Accredited by the Better Business Bureau at the highest level of accreditation, Mr. Leader has also been a member of and served on the board of the Broward County Bar Association.

When You Need Smart, Aggressive Criminal Defense, Consult South Florida Criminal Lawyer Michael D. Leader

When you need an aggressive Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer to defend you against all manner of allegations and accusations, Leader & Leader is the law firm with the breadth of experience and skill in defending clients accused of a variety of criminal charges. Our experience and our proven track record provide the kind of defense that you can depend upon. Do not put your future in unnecessary jeopardy. Fill out our FREE CASE REVIEW form at or call 954.523.2020 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for an initial consultation. At Leader & Leader, our Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyers are here to help you protect your rights and your freedom as you fight the criminal charges that have been brought against you.


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Michael, Thank you so much for all of our support and diligence over the past seven months. That was the most trying and difficult time of my life. Michael’s legal expertise was top notch.

The Firm was very professional, always kept me up to date with the progress of my case. The attorney was available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and returned all calls in less then a day.


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