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APOPKA'S DYNAMIC DUO PRACTICE LAW

By MARSHALL SWANSON

     It’s a typical weekday afternoon and Bill McLeod is sitting at his desk surrounded by a collection of western memorabilia and antiques. Upon meeting Bill, you might think him to be the twin brother of Sam Elliot! His tall stature and signature mustache echo that of his doppelgänger. However, his real brother, Raymond McLeod, works right down the hall in a neighboring office.
    Originally founded by the late Johnie McLeod, a prominent attorney and former justice of the peace in Orange county. Established in 1951, Johnie McLeod built a law firm that continues to this day in the representation of residents and business owners in legal matters including estate planning, probate, family law, civil litigation, real estate, and land use. Pictured bottom right, the original building still serves as the headquarters of the McLeod Law Firm, constructed in 1923 as the Hawthorne Building by Ben and James Hawthorne (left to right in the picture), who is known for settlling the town of Hawthorne in Alachua.
     The McLeod Law Firm has occupied the Hawthorne Building since 1983, and has over the years received a top rating, including Apopka's number one law firm since 2011. McLeod senior believed in a traditional hands-on approach, and that is exactly what the McLeod brothers offer. Raymond and Bill McLeod have practiced law in the area since July 1981. Raymond McLeod received his undergraduate degree from Stetson university in 1974 and his law degree from the Mississippi college of law in 1981. Bill McLeod attended the University of Central Florida, graduating in 1977, and finished law school at Stetson university in 1981.
      With decades of combined legal experience, The firm serves clients in Orange, Seminole and Lake county regularly. Raymond and Bill McLeod are active in the community and members of  the Masonic Lodge as well as the Community Juvenile Restoration Justice Program. Raymond McLeod has also been the past president and director of the Apopka area Chamber of Commerce and served as general counsel to the Miss Florida scholarship pageant.
    Raymond and Bill explained the importance their father played in their lives. The greatest lesson he taught them? Not judging a book by its cover. The boys once went to a car dealership with their father, and witnessed a friend, the owner of an auto mechanic shop attempting to buy an Oldsmobile. However, because of his dirty appearance and oily clothing, no one at the dealership thought he had any money, but possessed cash in his pocket. His father explained how the salesmen missed out because they judged the man by his appearance.
      And to this day, the McLeod brothers hold up the firm to those same standards, to treat everyone equally and with fairness. 
Need an  attorney personal touch and decades of experience? Call McLeod law at 407-886-3300.

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