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Leslie Scott Jean-Bart

Biography

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Leslie Scott Jean-Bart is a fifth gener­ation Jacksonville native who enjoys helping injured consumers obtain justice. Since 2000, her practice has focused on plaintiff personal injury law, first working at Farah & Farah before opening The Jean-Bart Firm, P.L. and joining Terrell Hogan.

Leslie earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law, where she received the C.A.L.I. Award of Excel­lence in Florida Appellate Law. She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Miami.

Her legal career began at Legal Services of Greater Miami, preserving safe and affordable housing for the poor and working poor before joining Sheppard, White & Thomas, P.A., where she handled employment discrim­i­nation, civil rights, and education cases in state and federal courts.

Leslie serves on the boards of Three Rivers Legal Services, Jacksonville/First Coast League of Women Voters, Christ the King Catholic School Board, LSF Health Systems, and Northeast Florida Community Action Agency. She is the Chair­person of the Jacksonville Black Chamber of Commerce and President of the Christ the School Foundation. She also volun­teers as an Attorney Ad Litem and Educa­tional Surrogate for foster children.

Her life-long interest in public service was inspired by her late grand­mother, Mary L. Singleton, the first black woman elected to Jacksonville City Council, who went on to become a state repre­sen­tative. Leslie chaired the annual Mayor of Jacksonville Mary L. Singleton Memorial Breakfast, a tribute to her grandmother’s legacy. She was appointed by Mayor John Delaney to the Better Jacksonville Plan Citizens Oversight Committee in 2001. Governor Rick Scott appointed Leslie to the Florida Elections Commission in 2012. In 2013, Chief Judge Donald Moran appointed her to the Jacksonville Ethics Commission.

Leslie is a member of The Florida Bar, State Bar of Georgia, American Bar Associ­ation, National Bar Associ­ation, Jacksonville Bar Associ­ation, American Justice Associ­ation, Florida Justice Associ­ation (board member), Jacksonville Justice Associ­ation (board member), Florida Associ­ation for Women Lawyers, Jacksonville Women Lawyers Associ­ation, Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Associ­ation, and past president of the D.W. Perkins Bar Associ­ation.

In her free time, she enjoys attending community events with her husband, and daughter. She’s an avid reader and enjoys cooking; Christmas Gumbo and red velvet cake are her specialties.

Education

University of Miami School of Law, Juris Doctor, May 1997
C.A.L.I. Award of Excel­lence in Florida Appellate Law
University of Miami, Bachelor of Science, Biology/Chemistry, July 1994
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Memberships:

The Florida Bar since 1997
Judicial Nominating Proce­dures Committee, 2014–2017
Grievance Committee (4C), 2011–2014, Chair 2014
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida since 1998
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida since 1999
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 1999–2005, 2013-present
State Bar of Georgia since 2008
Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia since 2011
American Bar Associ­ation
Jacksonville Bar Associ­ation
Florida Associ­ation for Women Lawyers
Jacksonville Women Lawyers Associ­ation
American Justice Associ­ation
Florida Justice Associ­ation, Board Member since 2010
Jacksonville Justice Associ­ation, Board Member since 2012
National Bar Associ­ation
Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Associ­ation
D.W. Perkins Bar Associ­ation, President 2009–2010, 2012–2013
Chester Bedell Inn of Courts, Associate 1999–2000/Barrister 2002–2005

Community Involvement

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Mayor’s Annual Mary L. Singleton Memorial Breakfast, Chair 2001–2009
Better Jacksonville Plan Citizens Oversight Committee, 2001–2003
Three Rivers Legal Services, Board Member/Secretary, 2013-Present
Jacksonville Black Chamber of Commerce, Chair, 2014-Present
Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, Board Member/Parliamentarian, 2014-Present
Christ the King School Foundation, President, 2014-Present
Christ the King Catholic School Board, Member, 2014-Present
LSF Health Systems, Board Member, 2014-Present
NAACP, Silver Life Membership
Florida Elections Commis­sioner, 2012–2014
Jacksonville/First Coast League of Women Voters, Board Member 2013–2014
City of Jacksonville Ethics Commis­sioner, 2013–2014

Professional Recognition & Awards

Florida Justice Associ­ation — Silver Eagle Award (2011), Shoe Leather Award (2012 & 2013), and Rising Star Award (2013)

Practice Areas

Auto Accidents, Truck Accidents, Motor­cycle Accidents, Bus Accidents, Dog Bites, Civil Rights, Drunk Drivers, Slip & Fall, Premises Liability.