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Leslie K. O'Neal

  • Associate General Counsel, Legal Department
  • Brasfield & Gorrie L.L.C.
  • 941 West Morse Blvd.
    Suite 200
  • Winter Park, Florida 32789


  • Undergraduate: B.A. University of Florida 1974
  • Law School: J.D. University of Florida 1977

Career History

McDonough, O’Neal & O’Dell (1978-1992)

Holland & Knight, LLP (1992-2004) ( National Construction Group Practice Area Leader 1992-2004) (Litigation Practice Area Leader 1992-2004)

Greenberg Traurig, P.A. (2004-2007)

Brasfield & Gorrie, L.L.C. (2007- present)

Professional Activities

    American College of Construction Lawyers, Board of Governors (2000-2003)
    ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Chair (1997-1998)
    (Governing Committee 1993-1999)
    (Chair, Membership Committee) (1994)
    (Chair Publications Committee (1995)
    Division I Steering Committee (1986-1993) (Chair 1993)
    • ABA Torts and Insurance Practice Section
    • Fidelity and Surety Law Committee (Vice Chair 1991-2000)
    • (Co-Chair, Membership Committee)
    • (Co-Chair, Miscellaneous Bond Committee 1991-1993)
    • ABA Litigation Section, (Construction Law Committee)
    • Outstanding Young Woman of America (1982)
    • Who’s Who in American Law
    • PACE Outstanding Woman of Orlando (2003)
    • Board Certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar (2005-present);
    • Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates (2003 -2006)
    • Listed, “”Super Lawyer,”” Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2008;Listed,
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2005-2007 Editions
    • Listed, “Best Business Lawyers in Florida,”” Chambers and Partners USA Guide, 2006-2007, 2005-2006 and 2004-2005 editions;
    • Listed, 2004, 2005 and 2006 Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine;
    • Orange County Bar Legal Aid Society Award of Excellence 2004;
    • Pace Florida Rural Legal Services Myoshi D. Smith Memorial Award, 2003;
    • BTI Consulting Client Service All Star Team, 2001;
    • Lifetime Achievement Award, Florida Bar Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, Construction Law Committee (2019)
    • Adjunct Professor, Pepperdine University School of Law (2020 – present)

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars


Contributing author:  “Construction Damages and Remedies” (ABA Press 2004) and second edition (ABA Press 2013); “Managing and Litigating the Complex Surety Case, Second Edition” (ABA Press 2005); “Construction Law Handbook,” (Wolters Kluwer 2009); “Risk Avoidance in Construction Contracts,” (HLK Global Communications 1991); “Mold: A Comprehensive Guide to Litigating Mold Damage and Injury Cases,” (Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co. 2005)

Co-editor:  “The Most Important Questions a Surety Can Ask About Miscellaneous Bonds,” (ABA Press 1994)


  • “Consulting Confusion,” The Construction Lawyer, August, 1985
  • “Warranties in Construction,” The Construction Lawyer, January 1986
  • “Risks Encountered During the Design Stage and How to Avoid Them,” Chapter in Risk Avoidance in Construction Contracts (HLK Global Communications, 1991)
  • “They’re Back: Letters of Credit Provided in Lieu of Surety Bonds,” The Construction Lawyer  ( January, 1993)
  • Charting the Course: The 1994 Construction Industry Survey on Dispute Avoidance and Resolution–Part I” 15 Const. Law 4 (Nov. 1995) (with Thomas J. Stipanowich)
  • “Sick” Buildings and “Toxic” Mold Claims, 181  The Environmental Counselor 2 (September 2003)
  • Guidelines for Construction Industry Internal Investigations, 8 JACCL 59 (Summer 2014) (with Paul Bruno, G. Edward Cassady III and Ernest Badway)
  • Reflections on the Development  of Construction Law Through the First 30 Years of the ACCL and Beyond, 14 JACCL 77 (Winter 2020) (Editor, with Howard Goldberg, Paul Lurie, Larry Schor and James Nagle)
  • Reflections on the Development of Construction Law Through the First 30 Years of the ACCL and Beyond, 14 JACCL 77 (Winter 2020) (Editor, with Howard Goldberg, Paul Lurie, Larry Schor and James Nagel)

Speeches, Panel Discussions, and Seminars:

  • “Organizing the Complex Construction Case”(ABA Forum Committee on Construction Industry, Minneapolis, Minnesota, (October, 1988)
  • “Florida Focus on A201” (American Institute of Architects/Construction Specifications Institute), Orlando, Florida, March, 1989)
  • “Outline of Typical Design/Construction/Financing Problems in Jail Projects” (ABA Section on Urban, State and Local Government Law and Public Contract Law, Scottsdale, Arizona, April, 1989)
  • “Construction Contracts,” (Associated Builders and Contractors), Orlando, Florida, August, 1992)
  • “Partnering in Construction” (Construction Management Association of America), Seattle,  WA ,September, 1992)
  • “Sick Building Claims” ABA Forum on Construction Fall Meeting (Seattle, WA and Philadelphia, PA; October 1999)
  • “Indemnity and Insurance,” ABA Forum on Construction Regional Meeting, (Fall 2006, Orlando, FL)
  • “The Inside/Outside Counsel Relationship: Best Practices” ABA Forum on Construction Fall Meeting (Philadelphia, PA; October 2009) (with Robert Peckar and Chip Mitchell)
  • “Hot Topics in Ethics” ABA Forum on Construction Annual Meeting (April, 2012, Las Vegas, NV) (with Jim Scott and Andrew Perlman)
  • “Best Practices in Construction Risk Management” ABA Forum on Construction Mid-Winter Meeting (January 2014; Nassau, Bahamas) (with Michael Hastings)
  • Best Practices in Construction Company Corporate Internal Investigations (ACCL Annual Meeting, February 2014) (with Paul Bruno, G. Edward Cassady & Ernest Badway)
  • “Succeeding as In House Counsel” (ABA Forum on Construction Annual Meeting, April 2015; Boca Raton, FL) (with Claramargaret Groover)
  • “Best Practices in Construction Risk Management” ABA Forum on Construction Law Annual Meeting (April 2016, Nashville, TN) (with Michael Hastings & Jennifer Fletcher)

Court Admissions

  • Florida Bar
  • U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U. S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit

Community Activities

  • Christian Service Center for Central Florida (Board of Directors 1989-1992) (2015- present) (President 2018-2019)
  • First Congregational Church, Winter Park, Florida (Board of Trustees (2016 – 2018);  Board of Christian Education, Board of Membership) (1980-1989)
  • Orlando Shakespeare Festival Board of Directors (1993-1996) (2005-2008)

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