Leslie E. "Les" Joughin III

Leslie E. "Les" Joughin III

Akerman LLP

Recognized since 2009

Tampa, Florida

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Litigation - Banking and Finance

Litigation - Construction

Litigation - Intellectual Property

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Litigation - Banking and Finance
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A seasoned business and commercial litigator, Les Joughin has substantial experience handling complex, high-stakes disputes. Clients turn to Les for help with their most difficult legal issues, including litigating and resolving disputes involving business torts; franchisor/franchisee relationships; stock and asset purchase agreements; shareholder and partnership relationships; and non-competition, confidentiality agreements, and trade secrets. His litigation experience also includes disputes regarding deceptive and unfair trade practices; real estate matters; class action defense; and community development district bond financing and assessments.


  • 401 East Jackson Street, Suite 1700
    Tampa, FL 33602


  • University of Florida, BS, graduated 1978

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, The Florida Bar


  • Downtown Tampa Partnership - Past Board Member, 2000-2005
  • Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit - Past Member, 2002-2005
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association - Member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Akerman LLP
Tampa, Florida

212 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

80 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Litigation - Banking and Finance

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Banking and Finance, Tampa (2022)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Construction


  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
  • Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2007, 2009-2012, Listed for Commercial Litigation
  • Super Lawyers Magazine 2010, Listed in "Corporate Counsel Edition" for Business Litigation
  • Super Lawyers Magazine 2008-2016, Listed in Florida for Business Litigation
  • Certified Circuit Court Mediator, Florida Supreme Court

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