Leighton D. Yates Jr.

Leighton Yates

Title: Partner
Company: Holland & Knight LLP
Location: Orlando, Florida, United States

Leighton D. Yates Jr., Esq., Partner at Holland & Knight LLP, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in corporate law.

Demonstrating more than four decades of professional excellence, Mr. Yates is a decorated lawyer who most recently served as partner at Holland & Knight LLP in Orlando, FL, from 1998 to 2018. Previously named practice group leader with the firm from 2005 to 2016, he formerly held multiple roles with Maguire, Voorhis & Wells, PA, in Orlando for 24 years, beginning in 1974 as an associate. He subsequently ascended the ranks to shareholder in 1978, a position he held until 1998, and department chairman. He also held the role of administrative director of SunTrust Bank in Orlando for 15 years.

Mr. Yates holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hampden-Sydney College and a Doctor of Jurisprudence, with high honors, from the University of Florida. Upon graduation, he was inducted into the Order of the Coif. He has been admitted to practice by the Florida State Bar, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. During his time at the University of Florida, he was the executive editor of the University of Florida Law Review and was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.

Exhibiting a legal prowess for corporate law and public service, Mr. Yates was named Orlando Corporate Lawyer of the Year in 2010 and 2018 and was recognized by The Legal 500 USA in 2017. Inducted into the Florida Trend Legal Elite Hall of Fame from 2015 to 2017, he was the recipient of the Patrick Henry Award for Distinguished Public Service in 2008. Likewise, he has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for 23 consecutive years and Florida Super Lawyers for 11 consecutive years. Notably, Mr. Yates has been highlighted in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.

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