Leslie D. Gaines
Current Employment Position:
Attorney, Hill & Ponton, P.A.
Baker & Hostetler, LLP
Area of Practice:
Social Security Disability Law
Bar Association Memberships:
Florida Bar Association
Orange County Bar Association
Volusia County Bar Association
Florida A&M University, B.S., Summa Cum Laude, Golden Key International Honor Society, Presidential Scholarship Recipient
Florida State University, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif,
Florida State University Law Review, Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity
National Organization of Social Security Claimant Representatives
National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates
Book Award – Business Association, Federal Jurisdiction, Healthcare and Civil Rights Seminar, Securities Regulation
-Essay selected to appear in the Florida Bar Examination Study Guide as a Sample Answer
-Dean’s Scholarship, FL Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Scholarship, Katzentine-Simone Scholarship
-Legal Writing & Research, Assistant to Professor JoLen Wolf
Personal Note :
Leslie was born in Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. She is the daughter of a career Army man and mental health professional. She graduated from law school with top honors and did so well on the Bar Exam that her bar exam essay was published in the Bar Exam Study Guide as a sample answer. This is a rare honor for any graduating lawyer.
Leslie joined our firm after practicing law with one of the large business law firms in Orlando for a year. In that firm, she was primarily involved in business practice for large companies. She found that she wanted to transition to a different practice area, so she made the decision to leave the corporate practice and begin representing Social Security Claimants with Hill & Ponton.
Leslie is a mother of one, and lives with her husband Cedric in Orlando. When not practicing law, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and playing with her dog Victor.