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.
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 various types of criminal offense cases in both State and Federal courts.
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. 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 or family law case.
Katheryn Smith Calvo graduated from the St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York and attended law school at Syracuse University College of Law. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2001 and is an attorney member of the 20th Circuit Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee, which was established by the Florida Bar.
Board-Certified in Criminal Trial Law
One of Attorney Smith Calvo's greatest achievements was receiving the highest level of competence acknowledgment in 2010, which is when she became Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law. As of 2016, she has been recertified for another five years! This is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar, as it identifies only the most experienced and highly trained attorneys in the areas of law certified by the State Supreme Court.
She has defended thousands of clients who have been charged with juvenile, misdemeanor, and felony offenses. She is a former Assistant Public Defender, a role that allowed her to hone her legal skills, through spending countless hours in the courtroom. Now as an attorney in a private practice, Katheryn is passionate and driven and has the skill needed to defend the most difficult cases, including sex crimes. In fact, she served on a special unit at the Public Defender's office that exclusively handled sex crimes against children. She has also defended murder cases and gained great recognition when the Murder in the Second Degree case, Stave V. Schack, which she defended, was aired on TruTV's IN SESSION.
Katheryn is a former member of the Calusa Chapter of the American Inns of Court, as well as a former adjunct professor for the Criminal Justice program at Florida Gulf Coast University. As an attorney member of the 20th Circuit Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee established by The Florida Bar and a member of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar and the Lee County Bar Association, Attorney Calvo has the experience, the dedication and the passion to represent even the most difficult family law and criminal cases at trial.
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.
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.