John de Leon
John de Leon, who is AV Rated by Martindale Hubbel (the highest rating possible as an attorney), has been selected as one of the 100 top trial attorneys by the National Trial Lawyers organization, and is the managing shareholder of the Miami offices of Chavez & de Leon, P.A., a trial firm.
De Leon has been awarded a “Reconocimiento” by the Consulate General of Mexico for his past work on behalf of Mexican Nationals and the Centro Comunitario Hondureno, and received Certificates of Appreciation from Jobs with Justice, We Count, and the Organizacion Guatemalteca Maya Quetzal, as well as receiving the Stanley Milledge Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Miami American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
He is on the Executive Committee of the National Latino Trial Lawyers Association and past President of the Greater Miami ACLU. De Leon is also a lawyer affiliated with Cochran Latino, a national practice with over twenty five offices, and more than $25 billion dollars in verdicts and settlements. De Leon has also worked on the issue of low-income housing, particularly as it relates to mobile-home residents, and has litigated many cases in this area. Prior to co-founding Chavez & de Leon, P.A.,, de Leon worked with Sayre & Chavez in California, which was one of the leading minority plaintiffs firms in the state.
Previously, de Leon lived in Bogota, Colombia where he was an administration of justice specialist with a USAID funded justice project advising the Colombian government on significant justice-sector matters focusing on criminal defense and adversarial trial concerns. De Leon was an assistant public defender with the Miami Dade Public Defenders Office for twelve years, where he handled significant juvenile and felony cases and was a felony trial attorney handling third, second, first and capital felony cases.
De Leon is a Board Member of Movement Catalyst, Nature Links, Americans for Immigrant Justice (formerly the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center), and serves on the Community Advisory Board for FIU’s School of Law.
He earned his A.B., cum laude, from the University of Miami, his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, and his Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is a member of the Florida Bar, and has been admitted by the Southern, Middle, and Northern United District Courts of Florida, the United States Circuit Court for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States States Supreme Court.
De Leon has lectured on a variety of subjects in Mexico, Colombia and the United States and was previously the consulting attorney for the Consulates General of Mexico and Guatemala in the U.S. His lecture on worker rights was part of the virtual training program of the Mexican Foreign Ministry. De Leon was also once named "Best Promoter of Social Diversity" by Miami New Times and "Forty to Watch in the New Century" by The Miami Herald.
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