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Jose Luis Calvoundefined

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A graduate of the University of Las Vegas and the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Las Vegas, Jose Luis Calvo was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2002, where he began his career as a prosecutor at the Office of the State Attorney.

As a prosecutor for the State, Attorney Calvo litigated a wide range of cases, including domestic violence and DUI, as well as serious felony offenses. He is known to be an experienced and passionate trial lawyer who has handled more than 5,000 criminal cases. He has the aggressive approach that is needed to be a successful trial lawyer.

Previous Experience

At the end of 2004, Jose ended his career at the Office of the State Attorney and began working in a private criminal defense practice. He has since opened his own office and was admitted to practice in the Middle District of Florida in May of 2004. Jose has litigated all types of criminal cases in both State and Federal courts throughout the state of Florida. Federal trials characterizing much of his more recent work; these federal trials often deal with allegations of conspiracy to commit Medical and/or Medicare fraud, drug distribution and trafficking.

He is fluent in both English and Spanish and has represented cases in both languages. He is renowned for his ability to successfully litigate drug offense charges, in particular, cases that involve cultivation, possession, and trafficking. Other areas that his particularly adept at defending include DUI and other criminal traffic offense cases. Jose also defends the juvenile offenders and is known to be a passionate advocate for young defendants.

Honors & Awards

In 2012, Jose Calvo was listed in Rising Stars℠ by Super Lawyers®. He was also admitted to the National Trial Lawyer Top 100 Trial Lawyers in 2014. He is a member of the Lee County Bar Association. With such credentials, Attorney Calvo is the top choice for many professionals and others who need help with a criminal law case in state or federal court.

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Katheryn Elizabeth Smith Calvoundefined

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Katheryn Smith Calvo completed her undergraduate studies at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York before obtaining her Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law. In 2001, Attorney Katheryn Calvo was admitted to the Florida Bar. Attorney Katheryn Calvo is an expert in criminal trial and has used that expertise to represent many clients in criminal as well as family court. She is a respected litigator that is known for her reasonable yet logical approach to attaining client goals.

Board-Certified in Criminal Trial Law

Board Certification in the state of Florida is an acknowledgment of the highest level of competence in terms of experience and training. Attorney Katheryn Smith Calvo achieved this status in 2010 and successfully recertified in 2015. Attorney Katheryn Calvo is the only female attorney in Lee County that is board certified in criminal trial. Her expertise in complex criminal litigation is a true asset to Calvo & Calvo and all the clients that she has represented throughout the years.

Previous Experience

Attorney Katheryn Calvo’s legal start came at the Office of the Public Defender in 2001 until April of 2010. As an Assistant Public Defender, she handled hundreds of cases involving juvenile, misdemeanor, and felony charges. She served as a special assistant Public defender in a unit with the office that focused on cases dealing with sex crimes allegedly committed on children. Mrs. Calvo’s work became public in Stave V. Schack, a case focused on a Second Degree Murder charge that was aired on TruTV’s IN SESSION.

Since 2010, Attorney Katheryn Calvo has not only handled complex criminal cases, but also family law cases. She has gained a name for herself in representing the interests of individuals involved in high net worth divorces. She has had over 50 family law trials and countless extended complex motions. Attorney Katheryn Calvo also appealed a case to the Second district court of appeals in Lakeland, Florida. That case was published as well as her legally sound arguments. The combination of experience, board certification, and her attention to detail makes Attorney Katheryn Calvo a formidable opponent and advocate in the courtroom whether it be family or criminal.

Professional Memberships

Katheryn has been heavily involved in a number of associations within the legal community. The following are included:

  • The Florida Bar, Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee 2006-2012
  • The Florida Bar, Grievance Committee A Member 2012-2014
  • The Florida Bar, Grievance Committee A Chair 2014-2016
  • The Lee County legal aid society, board member 2012-2014
  • The Lee County legal aid society, President 2014-2017

In addition to all of this, she serves the legal community as an Adjunct Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University in 2002-03, is an active member of the Lee County Bar Association, and the Family Law Section of the Florida State Bar.


Leilani MartinezLeilani Marie Martinez

Leilani Marie Martinez attended law school at Villanova University School of Law in Pennsylvania, after graduating from the University of Florida with a B.A. in political science in only three years. She was admitted to The Florida Bar in 2014.

Previous Experience

Leilani completed internships with the Honorable Maria Gonzalez, Lee County Court Judge and Gilberto Perez PA, a board certified marital and family law attorney now serving as a family law magistrate. As a first generation American, Leilani was passionate about zealously advocating on behalf of individuals in deportation proceedings in immigration court while working at the Villanova Migrant Farmworker Clinic. As a former Department of Children and Families attorney, Leilani was able to enhance her litigation skills, appearing in the courtroom almost daily, but also resolved numerous cases at the mediation stage. Her exposure to families in distress in the child welfare system prepared her well and uniquely qualifies her to assist individuals with their family law matters, including the most complex cases involving children.

Professional Memberships & Personal Life

Leilani is fluent in Spanish. She is a member of the family law sections of both The Florida Bar and Lee County Bar Association, and the Association of Family Law Professionals. She was raised in Southwest Florida and is a Fort Myers High School I.B. graduate, committed to her local community. Leilani is a member of Junior League and volunteers at her parish, Saint Katherine Drexel Catholic church, where she is a former Eucharistic minister, music minister, and teaches catechism.

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