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Biography

Chad E. Leeper, a partner in the Melbourne office, began his tenure with Wicker Smith in 2006 as a law clerk.

Mr. Leeper attended the University of Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology with high honors in 2004.  A native of Georgia, Mr. Leeper returned home to attend Mercer University School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor in 2007.

Following law school, Mr. Leeper spent several years in Wicker Smith’s Orlando office before opening the firm’s Melbourne location.  His practice focuses on legal matters involving auto liability, commercial transportation, medical malpractice, nursing home & assisted living, insurance coverage, general liability, premises liability, retail liability and sexual abuse.

His client list includes AIG; Landstar Systems, Inc.; CenturyLink, Inc.; Circles of Care, Inc. Community Health Services, Inc.; Crum & Forster; GuideOne Insurance Company; Health First, Inc.; Lexington Insurance Co.; MAG Mutual Insurance Co.; MV Transportation, Inc.; The Redwoods Group, Inc.; Scottsdale Insurance Co.; Swift Transportation Company; Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.; and Zurich, N.A.

Education

  • Mercer University (J.D., 2007)
  • University of Florida (B.A., high honors, 2004)

Admitted

  • 2007, Florida
  • 2008, US District Court for Middle District of Florida
  • 2011, Georgia
  • 2016, Southern District of Florida

Professional Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar
  • The Georgia Bar
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Brevard County Bar Association
  • Melbourne Chamber of Commerce
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute

Honors

  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2018
  • Florida Super Lawyers “Rising Star”, 2013-2017

Speeches & Publications

  • The House Rules Are Changing: What You Need to Know About Emerging Mediation Trends, US Law Network Transportation Law Exchange, Law Vegas, NV (Feb. 2, 2017)
  • Safety Technologies: The New Frontier & What It Can Mean For Your Claims, Wicker Smith Claims Seminar, Orlando, FL (May 20, 2016)
  • Charting and Documentation: The Correlation Between the Law and the Medical Record, Wuesthoff Medical Center, Melbourne, FL (Feb. 25, 2015)
  • Overhaul of the FMCSA, Wicker Smith Claims Seminar, Orlando, FL (June 8, 2012)