Leisa Wintz

Leisa Wintz

Location:
Plantation, Florida
Phone:
866-593-0459
Email:

I believe my background, educationally and professionally, has led me to the creation of this law firm.

After receiving a bachelor of science degree in psychology and working for several years as a case manager for a family homeless shelter, I discovered marriage and family therapy and was fascinated by this new, holistic and systemic approach to helping families in crisis, so I entered into a master's program. I earned my master’s degree in marriage and family therapy in 2006 from Nova Southeastern University. I then worked for some time as a family therapist and learned the important role that professionals, such as therapists and attorneys, play when dealing with families in crisis.

I later took a position as Director of Parenting and Juvenile Programs for a local forensic counseling agency. In this position, I completely restructured and rebuilt these two programs. I also collaborated with other agencies, as well as the dependency and delinquency courts, and ran all of the groups and parenting and adolescent assessments. Much of my work here focused on teen and parenting issues. I gained invaluable exposure to the court systems and local judges and learned about the inner workings of our family law legal system.

It was for this reason I decided to complete law school. During my last year of law school, I wrote a grant and was selected as a prestigious Equal Justice Works Fellow. In this position I founded the Broward Teen Advocacy Project (BTAP), which was housed at Coast to Coast Legal Aid. As the attorney in charge of BTAP, I assisted nearly 200 individuals with all of their family law needs. My focus during this time was on paternity, custody, divorce and domestic violence, dating, repeat and sexual violence.

As this project came to an end, I recognized an opportunity to start a law firm that carries on the traditions I learned through my career in public service: helping people and families in need by providing quality legal representation to individuals at an affordable cost. Being a mom myself, I understand that when working with families in need of legal assistance, it is not business as usual – this is your life; as such, I assure you your case will be my priority!

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE & CERTIFICATIONS:

Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator

Supreme Court Trained Circuit Court Mediator
Trained to mediate Circuit Court matters by a Supreme Court-certified program.  Currently lacking three supervised mediations to be certified as a Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator.

Special Topic Presenter
Presenter for Master’s Level Students in Marriage and Family Therapy Programs on the subjects of counseling and domestic violence, domestic violence and the legal system, court-mandated counseling, as well as the dependency system.

Active Parenting – Certified Parenting Instructor and Trainer
Trained to work with parents and families in navigating the transition from teen to adult.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Probate
  • Estate Planning

Education

  • Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
    • Juris Doctorate cum laude - December, 2009
    • Honors: GPA 3.37
  • Nova Southeastern University, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Master's of Science - June, 2006
    • Major: Marriage and Family Therapy
  • College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina
    • Bachelor of Science - December, 2000
    • Major: Psychology
    • Minor: Criminal Justice

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Florida Bar, Member, 2009 - Present
  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapist
  • The Association of Broward County Mediators
  • Broward Bar Association, Member
  • Florida Association of Female Lawyers, Member
  • Florida Bar Association, Member
  • Business Broker and Intermediary, Florida
  • Real Estate Agent, Florida
  • Attorney's Title Insurance Fund, Real Estate Title Examiner and Closer

Past Employment Positions

  • Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Family Law Unit, Plantation, FL, Staff Attorney, 2008 - 2010
  • Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Family Law Unit, Plantation, FL, Certified Legal Intern, 2008
  • Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Family Law Unit, Plantation, FL, Family Law Intern, 2007
  • Fifth Street Counseling, Plantation, FL, Parenting and Juvenile Services, Individual and Family Therapist, Director, 2006 - 2008
  • Bayview Center For Mental Health, Davie, FL, Intake Clinician, Individual and Family Therapist , 2005
  • Fifth Street Counseling, Plantation, FL, Marriage and Family Therapy Intern, 2005 - 2006
  • 11th Circuit County Court, Domestic Violence Division, Miami, FL, Case Management , Legal Intern, 2003
  • Central Arizona Shelter Services - Vista Colina Family Shelter, Phoenix Arizona, Case Manager, 2001 - 2002

Pro Bono Activities

  • President, Park Place at Plantation Home Owner’s Association, 2007 - Present
  • Chair, LGBT Domestic Violence Coalition of Broward County
  • Member, Broward Victim’s Rights Coalition
  • Member, Guardian Ad Litem, Miami, FL , 2002
  • Member, Broward College Board of Trustees