Ira Leesfield

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” – Seneca

Ira Leesfield, founder and managing partner of the Miami-based personal injury law firm, Leesfield Scolaro, P.A., is a board-certified trial lawyer with decades of experience and a proven record of success representing less fortunate injured Floridians and clients throughout the United States. For over 40 years, he has guided his law firm to national prominence in civil litigation law. Mr. Leesfield holds record personal injury verdicts and settlements in numerous jurisdictions, which have earned him national recognition as one of America’s top trial lawyers. Throughout the years, Ira has served in key positions for countless organizations and has received numerous distinguished honors and awards.

During his legal career, he has been recognized for prosecuting cases that benefit the public interest. He was the first Floridian to receive the “American ORT Jurisprudence Award” for a lifetime dedication to his profession. In 2001, the Anti-Defamation League bestowed its “Jurisprudence Award to him for demonstrating the ideals of the Anti-Defamation League through his commitment to the field of law and his efforts in improving the quality of life, bringing together people of all races, religions and ethnic backgrounds to join the fight against bigotry and discrimination.

Throughout the years, Ira has served in key positions for countless organizations and has received numerous distinguished honors and awards. He was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve at two key posts from 1992 – 2000: the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and the Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets. His accomplishments as an attorney and his involvement in public service have brought him recognition from many of the country’s most respected leaders and organizations.

Mr. Leesfield was awarded the Florida Association of Women Lawyers (Miami-Dade Chapter) Philanthropist Award, recognizing his long-standing commitment to support aspiring female law students through scholarship grants. This award follows a long line of other state, local and national recognitions. The Melvin M. Belli Society awarded him the Belli Award as an outstanding advocate and then elected him President in 2008. In 2010, he was honored by the AJC Global Jewish Advocacy (Miami-Dade and Broward) with the prestigious Judge Learned Hand Award as a tribute for his values and standards of excellence, and his commitment to fight for the rights of the individual and the importance of democratic values in an orderly society. Special recognition was given by President Clinton, U.S. Senators, Members of Congress, as well as Florida’s Former Governor Bob Graham. Other honors given Leesfield include:

    • Big Brothers Big Sisters “Miracle Maker Award”
    • Anti-Defamation League’s “Jurisprudence Award”
    • ORT America’s Jurisprudence Award”
    • Melvin Belli Society’s “Belli Award”
    • Florida Justice Association (formerly known as Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)
      “Al J. Cone Lifetime Achievement Award”
    • Florida Justice Association “2003 Crystal Eagle Award”
    • Fatherhood Task Force of South Florida “Citation of Honor Award.”

In 1990, he established the Leesfield Family Foundation focusing on women’s and children’s issues, youth activities and education. His support of Lotus House providing shelter to homeless women and children is well recognized along with support to other community organizations, such as, Kristi Houxe, Voices for Children, the Melissa Institute, Overtown Youth Center, Fatherhood Task Force, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Amigos for Kids, Children’s Home Society, Project Yes and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, among others. He serves as honorary board member for the Melissa Institute.

“I put a heavy emphasis on scholarships,” he says, “because that’s what helped me the most growing up.” The Foundation is primarily supported through funding from the Leesfield Family with intermittent donations from other sources.

Mr. Leesfield is actively involved with the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative. He was amongst the earliest supporters for building the Clinton Presidential Library.

Our diverse commitments have been recognized by the following organizations:

President Clinton honors Ira Leesfield on receiving the Jurisprudence Award from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).