Leslie Scott Jean-Bart is a fifth generation Jacksonville native who enjoys helping injured consumers obtain justice. Since 2000, her practice has focused on plaintiff personal injury law, first working at Farah & Farah before opening The Jean-Bart Firm, P.L. and joining Terrell Hogan.
Leslie earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law, where she received the C.A.L.I. Award of Excellence in Florida Appellate Law. She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Miami.
Her legal career began at Legal Services of Greater Miami, preserving safe and affordable housing for the poor and working poor before joining Sheppard, White & Thomas, P.A., where she handled employment discrimination, civil rights, and education cases in state and federal courts.
Leslie serves on the boards of Three Rivers Legal Services (Secretary), LSF Health Systems, Operation New Hope, Operation Save Our Sons, The Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute of Florida (Secretary), and The Museum of Science and History (MOSH). She is the Chairperson of the Northeast Florida Community Action Agency (NFCAA). She also volunteers as an Attorney Ad Litem and Educational Surrogate for foster children.
Her life-long interest in public service was inspired by her late grandmother, Mary L. Singleton, the first black woman elected to Jacksonville City Council, who went on to become a state representative. Leslie chaired the annual Mayor of Jacksonville Mary L. Singleton Memorial Breakfast, a tribute to her grandmother’s legacy. She was appointed by Mayor John Delaney to the Better Jacksonville Plan Citizens Oversight Committee in 2001. Governor Rick Scott appointed Leslie to the Florida Elections Commission in 2012. In 2013, Chief Judge Donald Moran appointed her to the Jacksonville Ethics Commission.
Leslie is a member of The Florida Bar, State Bar of Georgia, American Bar Association, National Bar Association, Jacksonville Bar Association, American Justice Association, Florida Justice Association (former board member), Jacksonville Justice Association (former board member), Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association, Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association, and past president of the D.W. Perkins Bar Association.
In her free time, she enjoys attending community events with her husband, and daughter. She’s an avid reader and enjoys cooking; Christmas Gumbo and red velvet cake are her specialties.
University of Miami School of Law, Juris Doctor, May 1997
C.A.L.I. Award of Excellence in Florida Appellate Law
University of Miami, Bachelor of Science, Biology/Chemistry, July 1994
Who’s Who Among American College and University Students
The Florida Bar since 1997
Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee, 2014-2019
Grievance Committee (4C), 2011-2014, Chair 2014
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida since 1998
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida since 1999
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 1999-2005, 2013-present
State Bar of Georgia since 2008
Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia since 2011
American Bar Association
Jacksonville Bar Association
Florida Association for Women Lawyers
Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association
American Justice Association
Florida Justice Association, Board 2010-2016
Jacksonville Justice Association, Board 2012-2017
National Bar Association
Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association
D.W. Perkins Bar Association, President 2009-2010, 2012-2013
Chester Bedell Inn of Courts, Associate 1999-2000/Barrister 2002-2005
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Mayor’s Annual Mary L. Singleton Memorial Breakfast, Chair 2001-2009
Better Jacksonville Plan Citizens Oversight Committee, 2001-2003
Three Rivers Legal Services, Board/Secretary, 2013-Present
Jacksonville Black Chamber of Commerce, Chair, 2014-2015
Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, Board/Parliamentarian,
2014-2017, Chair 2017-Present
Christ the King School Foundation, President, 2014-2016
Christ the King Catholic School Board 2014-2016
LSF Health Systems, Board 2014-Present
NAACP, Silver Life Membership
Florida Elections Commissioner, 2012-2014
Jacksonville/First Coast League of Women Voters, Board 2013-2014
City of Jacksonville Ethics Commissioner, 2013-2014, 2017
Jacksonville Port Academy, Board, 2016-2018
The Museum of Science & History (MOSH), Board, 2018-present
The Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute of Florida, Board 2017,
Operation Save Our Sons, Board, 2016-2017, Vice-Chair, 2018-present
Department of Juvenile Justice, Disproportionate
Minority Contact Committee, 2015-2017
Professional Recognition & Awards
Florida Justice Association – Silver Eagle Award (2011), Shoe Leather Award (2012 & 2013), and Rising Star Award (2013)
Auto Accidents, Truck Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Bus Accidents, Dog Bites, Civil Rights, Drunk Drivers, Slip & Fall, Premises Liability.