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Leslie A. Wickes

Partner in Charge, Jacksonville

Almost all of my clients face issues related to cyber threats. For some, it’s managing their own cyber risk. For others, it’s indemnifying or insuring third parties’ cyber risk. Either way, related legal issues are emerging and businesses need solid legal counsel to navigate and keep up with them.

Leslie A. Wickes is a business lawyer who advises clients in Florida and across the United States. She has deep experience counseling clients in the formation, licensure, regulation and purchase and sale of insurance companies and insurance-related entities, including retail and wholesale brokers, claims administrators, managing general agencies and service providers. She also litigates claims arising out of the failure of insurance companies, claims involving coverage and reinsurance matters, and disputes over agent commission, profit sharing, failure to procure and unfair competition.

In addition to her insurance practice, Leslie advises clients in multiple industries with matters relating to contracting, corporate governance, employment and agency, trade practices, licensing, and professional negligence matters. She has also provided outside general counsel services to a national advertising agency, technology companies, and insurance companies and agencies.

Leslie received her J.D., with honors, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1992. While attending law school, she was a senior editor of the Florida Law Review. She obtained her B.A. from the University of Florida in 1989.

Leslie serves as Partner in Charge of the Jacksonville office.

I admire those with entrepreneurial spirit and big dreams. As a lawyer, working with a business to successfully navigate legal issues from startup to sale is particularly satisfying.

Education

  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., 1992
  • University of Florida, B.A., 1989

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Community Involvement

In the community, Leslie has served on the Board of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Florida.

Areas of Practice

Acknowledgements

  • Best Lawyers® - Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation - Insurance.
  • Receiving the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a national attorney rating service.
  • Being named by Florida Trend magazine among Florida's "Legal Elite."
  • Being listed in Florida Super Lawyers® (by Thomson Reuters) Business Litigation 2011.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Leslie is Past President of the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association, member of the Women Business Owners of Florida, and the 4th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee.