Leo D Gomez Biography
Practicing law in Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Citrus, Desoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands Park, Hillsborough, Hendry, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Orange, Osceola, Okeechobee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, and Sumter counties.
Born in Matanzas, Cuba and fluent in English and Spanish, Leo D. Gomez has faithfully and passionately represented men and women injured in work related and non work related accidents for more than 30 years.
A long time Florida resident, Leo obtained a B.A. degree from Stetson University in DeLand, FL, in 1983. While at Stetson, Leo served as President of the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and was invited to join Phi Alpha Theta, a History Honorary Society, along with Omicron Delta Kappa, A National Leadership Honor Society.
After graduation Leo moved on to Stetson University College of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 1985. He was admitted to the Florida Bar and United States District Court of Florida (Middle District), in 1986.
Leo began his legal career in 1986, when he joined the firm of Stephen L. Rosen, one of Florida’s premier workers’ compensation plantiffs’ attorneys. While working closely with Mr. Rosen, Leo gained valuable experience while representing hundreds of injured workers. He brought dozens of cases to trial and handled numerous related appeals.
In 1993, Leo was enlisted by John B. Morgan, Esquire to open the Tampa office of Morgan, Colling, and Gilbert, P.A. (now Morgan & Morgan), becoming the first full time attorney in that location. Leo rose to co-managing partner and spearheaded the workers’ compensation department, which grew to eight lawyers by 2002.
In 2002 Leo left the Morgan firm and joined Alejandro Fiol, Esquire to form Fiol & Gomez, P.A., where Leo practiced until launching his own firm in 2011.
Leo has qualified for an AV rating*, the highest rating possible from Martindale-Hubbell. He has lectured frequently on various topics related to the Florida Workers’ Compensation Law and authored a section of the Florida C.L.E. Manual on Workers’ Compensation Practice. In addition, Leo has been a Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator since 2004.
Leo is a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, The Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, The Hillsborough County Hispanic Bar Association, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers.
Leo has been a member of Florida Workers’ Advocates, Inc. (F.W.A.) for well over twenty years, an organization that serves to protect the rights of injured workers. On the organization’s behalf, he has dedicated personal time lobbying the Legislature and supporting candidates and causes which are sympathetic to the plight of those who have been injured on the job.
Committed to charitable work, Leo has devoted his time and resources to organizations such as Farmworkers Self Help, Bay Area Legal Services, and Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc., among others.
*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.
Honored as one of the Top Lawyers in Florida by Legal Network Inc. as well as one of Tampa Bay’s Top Lawyers by Tampa Bay Magazine.
Leo has qualified for an AV rating*, the highest rating possible from Martindale Hubbell. He has lectured frequently on various topics related to the Florida Workers’ Compensation Law and authored a section of the Florida C.L.E. Manual on Workers’ Compensation Practice. In addition, Leo has been a Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator since 2004. He is a member of the Florida Bar and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Membership & Affiliations
Member of Florida Justice Association
Member of Florida Workers' Advocates, Inc
Member of Hillsborough County Bar Association
Member of Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association
Admitted to Florida Bar (1986)
Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section
U.S. District, Middle District of Florida (1986)
Member of Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group
Stetson University, B.A., History, 1983 Omicron Delta Kappa
Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 1985