Leslie M. Sammis

Leslie M. Sammis

Attorney Profile

Top Rated DUI-DWI Attorney in Tampa, FL

Sammis Law Firm, P.A.
 | 1005 N. Marion Street, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-250-0500
Fax: 813-276-1600
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2012 - 2013
Licensed Since: 1999
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (80%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%),
  • Criminal Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

Leslie M. Sammis focuses exclusively on criminal defense with an emphasis on DUI cases in the greater Tampa Bay area. With more than 18 years of experience, Ms. Sammis takes a scholarly approach to aggressively fighting criminal charges, including both misdemeanor and felony offenses.

Ms. Sammis is a member in the following professional organizations:

  • National College of DUI Defense (NCDD); 
  • the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL);
  • the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL);
  • the Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar;
  • the Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (HCACDL); and
  • and the NORML Legal Committee.

Education and Experience

After completing her undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1996, Ms. Sammis completed her first year of law school at Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida. While at the Stetson University College of Law, Ms. Sammis competed as the only first year student on Stetson's Trial Team winning second place overall in the 1997 National Association of Trial Lawyers (ATLA) Competition in Denver, Colorado.

For her second and third year of law school, Ms. Sammis transferred to the University of Florida College of Law in Gainesville, Florida, where she graduated with Honors in 1999. While at the University of Florida, Ms. Sammis served as Vice Chair on the Executive Board for the UF Justice Campbell Thornal Moot Court Board.

Gaining valuable insight into the criminal justice process, Ms. Sammis completed internships with the State Attorney's Office prosecuting felony offenses, the United States Attorney's Office in Tampa assisting federal prosecutors, and a federal judicial internship with the Honorable Henry Lee Adams, Jr., United States District Judge, for the Middle District of Florida in the Tampa Division.

Work Experience

Ms. Sammis' passion for trial advocacy lead her to the Public Defender’s Office for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida. While at the Public Defender's Office Ms. Sammis was quickly promoted through misdemeanor divisions of County Court to the juvenile division and then the felony division of Circuit Court.

After leaving the public defender's office more than fifteen years ago, Ms. Sammis entered private practice and continued to focus on defending men and women charged with DUI and other serious driving offenses.

Leslie Sammis is a shareholder in the Sammis Law Firm, P.A. The other three criminal defense attorneys at the firm are Jason Sammis, Matthew Menendez and Amanda Brunson.

Visit the firm's main website for more information - Tampa Bay Criminal Defense Lawyers.

About Leslie Sammis

Admitted: 1999, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://www.tampaflduilawyer.com/MeetTheAttorneys/LeslieMSamm...


  • Book Award - Torts I, 1996
  • Second Place National 1997 Trial Team Competition, Sponsored by the National Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), 1997
  • Honorable Mention - Journal of Law and Public Policy -- Case Comment, 1997
  • Book Award - Contract I, 1996
  • Graduated with Honors, University of Florida College of Law, 1999

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member of the NORML Legal Committee, 2008
  • Lifetime Member of the Hillsborough County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (HCCDLA)
  • Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • Co-Chair of the Public Relations and Website Committee of the Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers (HAWL), 2017
  • Member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL)
  • Member of the American Bar Association and the Criminal Justice Section, 2014

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Leslie Sammis recently spoke at the Annual National Specialization Roundtable which is hosted by the American Bar Association. It was held on May 30 - 31, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, California, in conjunction with the National Conference on Professional Responsibility., Co-Presenter, Marketing the Certification Credential, Annual National Specialization Roundtable May 30 - 31, 2014


Industry Groups

  • Criminal Justice
  • DUI Defense
  • Juvenile Justice
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Office Location for Leslie M. Sammis

1005 N. Marion Street
Tampa, FL 33602

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Last Updated: 3/24/2020

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