ACCL Membership Directory

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: 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 Publication Com., 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;

ABA Forum on Construction Law, ABA Section of Public Contract Law, ABA Section of Tort Insurance Practice

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 ConstructionLawyer, August, 1985
  • “Warranties in Construction,” The Construction Lawyer, January 1986
  • “Risks Encountered During the Design State 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)

“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)
  • First Congregational Church, Winter Park, Florida (Board of Trustees (2016 – present);  Board of Christian Education, Board of Membership) (1980-1989)
  • Orlando Shakespeare Festival Board of Directors (1993-1996) (2005-2008)

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