Leslie Sheekley

Senior Attorney

lsheekley@bplegal.com
Professional Experience

Leslie Sheekley concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial and business disputes, contract negotiation and litigation, and representation of community associations in collections, operations, covenant enforcement actions and litigation. She has extensive trial experience in many areas of the law, including insurance defense, contract and business litigation, and injunction actions. Her clients have included national and local businesses, municipalities, and individuals. She has undertaken complex litigation on behalf of developers, builders, business entities, a city government, condominium and homeowners associations.

Leslie is a board certified business litigation attorney, licensed to practice in Florida since 1985. Board Certification in Business Litigation by the Florida Bar is the highest level of recognition of an attorney’s competency and expertise in one or more of the 24 areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. She is “AV-Preeminent” rated (the highest level attainable) by Martindale Hubbell based upon the endorsement of her colleagues in the areas of professional conduct, ethics and ability. Following law school she clerked for the Honorable John M. Scheb at the Florida Second District Court of Appeal, and practiced law for fifteen years in Phoenix and Tucson Arizona before returning to Florida in 2001.
Experience
  • Successfully defended a North Florida municipality in federal court suit brought by a national billboard company. The company challenged the municipality's land use ordinance and denial of billboard lease permit on due process and First Amendment grounds.
  • Prevailed in binding arbitration before a former Florida Supreme Court Justice; represented corporate shareholders holding 50% interest in a multi-million dollar corporation and real estate against an attempted forced buyout by the other 50% shareholder. Following the ruling in clients’ favor, worked with clients in negotiation of the sale of their stock and real estate interest for considerably more favorable terms and price.
  • Obtained jury verdict in favor of client, the general contractor and owner on construction of an apartment complex, in site work subcontractor’s breach of contract lawsuit. The jury awarded no damages to the subcontractor, and the full monetary amount requested in favor of the client on its counter-claim.
  • Obtained a mandatory injunction, declaratory judgment and attorney’s fee award in Circuit Court bench trial in favor of client homeowner’s association, requiring a homeowner to reconstruct and reduce the size of a concrete pool deck after having failed to obtain architectural review approval for the deck as constructed.

Activities & Memberships

Member, First Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee (2015-2018)

Recognition

AV Martindale- Hubble 2017