Mr. Leto a Member of the Florida Justice Association, The National Trial Lawyers Association, and the Miami-Dade County Bar Association, where he served on the Board of Directors for the Young Lawyers Section. In addition, he has been recognized on various occasions by Superlawyers Magazine, South Florida Legal Guide, and Florida Legal Elite. Mr. Leto is also an invited member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a group that recognizes lawyers throughout the country that have achieved results for their clients in excess of $1 million.
Mr. Leto focuses his career on cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, traumatic brain injury,medical negligence, product liability and commercial litigation.
In his career, he has tried cases in courts in Miami-Dade County, Monroe County, Broward County, Palm Beach County, Osceola County, Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, Hernando County, and in the Southern District of Florida. Most notably, Mr. Leto received a verdict in a highly contested medical malpractice case in the amount of $11.1 million. In that case, which was tried in Pinellas County, Florida,Mr. Leto convinced the jury that All Children’s Hospital committed malpractice by failing to properly hydrate an infant child who was ill for several days. The child suffered brain damage and the hospital claimed that the injury was caused by a rare genetic disorder. After a four week trial, the jury deliberated for four days before reaching a verdict in favor of the child for $11.1 million. This verdict was one of the highest medical malpractice verdicts in Pinellas County, Florida and, as a result, Mr. Leto was honored as a nominee for Most Effective Lawyer 2011 by the Daily Business Review.
Aside from his experience as an aggressive trial lawyer, Mr. Leto has also been successful in the appellate courts. Mr. Leto has handled appeals in the Second District, Third District, Fourth District, Fifth District and Florida Supreme Court. In one notable case, Mr. Leto represented a marina in Ft. Lauderdale that was the victim of an incorrect survey performed by a local surveying company. The marina suffered significant damage as a result of the inaccurate survey and filed suit against the surveyor. After the trial court dismissed the case based on the application of the economic loss rule, Mr. Leto appealed the matter to the Fourth District Court of Appeals. The appellate court found in the marina’s favor in a case that changed the way in which the economic loss rule applies to professionals in the State of Florida. The opinion can be read by clicking here.
Mr. Leto was born in Staten Island, NY. He attended the University of Arizona where he received his degree in Business Administration in 2000. He received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law in 2003.
Mr. Leto is admitted to practice in all State Courts in Florida as well as the Southern District of Florida and the Middle District of Florida.