Bar polls should be published in the Miami-Herald and made available at the polling places

Florida elects its Judges.  This means that the electorate chooses who presides over murder cases, extortion cases, family law matters, juvenile cases, and all other matters involving the Courts.  The only problem is that regular folks that don’t spend their every day in the Courthouse do not know who the judges are.  And they do not know who the incumbents are running against in elections.  That is why I believe that the Bar Polls that are conducted by the Dade County Bar Association should be published in all local and regional newspapers and should be available outside of polling places.

On July 6, 2010, the Daily Business Review posted the Bar Polls where Miami-Dade County lawyers ranked both incumbents and challengers as either “Exceptionally Qualified,” “Qualified,” or “Unqualified.”  People need to be well-informed about who is sitting on the bench and who is challenging those that are presently on the bench.  The role of Judge is one of the most important in society and it is vitally important that qualified individuals be placed in these very important positions.  No group of people has more information about those that sit on the bench than the people that are in front of Judges each and every day.  This poll is conducted blindly, erasing a lot of the prejudice and concern that a lawyer might have if it was known that they ranked a Judge as “Unqualified.”  It is for this reason that these polls need to be more widely circulated.  People are naturally inclined to elect a Judge that is an incumbent just because they think…”Well, he/she already has the experience.”  But there are many qualified people running for these positions, and they should be given fair consideration.

These polls tell a story about who is making the decisions that affect us all, and who is challenging them for that position.  It would benefit everyone if these polls were publicized.

Justin C. Leto named to Florida Trend’s Legal Elite 2010

The Leto Law firm announces Justin Leto’s selection to Legal Trend’s list of Legal Elite for 2010.

Lawsuit filed against local attorney for assault and battery

The Leto law Firm filed suit against local attorney, Michael Diaz, for assault and battery of James Bracco.  You can read about the lawsuit here.

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Daniel Smith was born a normal child.  When he was 3 months old, his Mother took him to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida because he had constant vomiting and diarrhea for 3 days.  The hospital nurses failed to institute Oral Rehydration Therapy, a required procedure to re-hydrate an infant that was not holding down food.  Daniel was discharged from the All Children’s Hospital Emergency Room after 4 hours and went home.  Just hours later, he was rushed back to All Children’s Hospital near death.  He survived but his dehyrdration was so bad that he suffered seizures which led to brain damage.  After 8 years of litigation and a 4 week trial, the jury found All Children’s Hospital had committed medical malpractice, causing Daniel’s brain injury.  The jury awarded Daniel and his mother $11.1 million in damages.




Hazing victim’s family sues university and fraternity for wrongful death

The Leto Law Firm and Kirby & Holt filed suit against Theta Chi Fraternity, Lenoir Rhyne University and several fraternity members following the tragic hazing death of Tampa resident, Harrison Kowiak.


You can read articles about the case here, here, and here