February 26, 2020 | News
2020 Legislative Award Presented to Rep. Thomas J. Leek
The Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar presented Representative Thomas J. Leek with the Legislator of the Year Award for his outstanding commitment to improving Florida’s court system, protecting access to courts, and the independence of the Judiciary. The Award was presented by TLS Chair, Sandy Sanborn, and TLS Legislative Chair Paul Scheck.
Over the past year, Representative Leek tackled tough court reform issues, while maintaining an open door for all parties and a willingness to look at the issues from all perspectives. The Trial Lawyers Section applauds Representative Leek for his dedication, hard work and strong leadership to protect Florida’s court system during the 2019 Legislative Session.
Representing coastal Volusia County and the World’s Most Famous Beach, Rep. Tom Leek is a home-grown product raised in Ormond Beach. Rep. Leek is a proud graduate of Seabreeze High School and later the University of Central Florida and Stetson University College of Law.
Representative Thomas J. Leek
Prior to starting law school, Rep. Leek served as Legislative Aide to the Honorable William Sublette in the Florida House of Representatives. After law school, Rep. Leek returned home to begin a 20+ year law career where he was President and Managing Partner of his firm. Rep. Leek is now Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President for Foundation Risk Partners Corp., a national independent insurance brokerage firm headquartered in Daytona Beach. Rep. Leek is a Martindale-Hubbell rated AV Preeminent Lawyer, and was named as one of Florida’s Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine.
Currently in the Legislature, Rep. Leek is Chairman of the Public Integrity and Ethics Committee, and a member of the Appropriations and the Health & Human Services Committees. He also serves on the Transportation & Tourism Appropriations, the Civil Justice and the Health Market Reform Subcommittees. For the 2020 Session he was named Vice Chair of the Select Committee on the Integrity of Research Institutions. He was also appointed by the Speaker of the House to the Public Service Commission Nominating Committee in 2019.
For his legislative service, Rep. Leek was given the 2017 & 2019 Distinguished Advocate award from the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Champion for Business award from the Associated Industries of Florida, 2018 Legislator of the Year from Florida Associated Builders and Contractors. He has also been awarded the President’s “A” Honor Roll from the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, the Champion of Housing Award from Florida Homebuilders Association, Pace Center for Girls Legislator of the Year and FAAST Legislator of the Year.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Rep. Leek has served as chair or president of numerous civic organizations, including the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement of Volusia County, the Downtown Business and Professional Association, and many more.
Rep. Leek is an avid fisherman, boater, and college football fan. However, his most valued activity is spending time with his wife, Michelle, two daughters, Alex and Sarah and chasing the family dog, Stevie around.