Law Office of Jo Anne Leegant

Firm Overview

We are a general practice firm with emphasis on litigation and trial work. The bulk of our work for the past several years has been in negligence defense work, including numerous successful trials. We have recently been handling more plaintiff negligence claims. In the past, we have done a great deal of criminal defense work. Now, we handle more civil matters, including insurance law. We handle wills, probate, contract disputes, DWI defense, small claims matters, consumer disputes and collections. We have also defended debtors.

We have perfected numerous appeals in connection with our negligence defense cases and have succeeded in getting many favorable verdicts upheld.

Main Office
144 Exchange Blvd.
Suite 107
Rochester  NY  14614
  • (585) 325-4545
  • (585) 325-6718


Free Initial Consultation?
We always offer a free initial consultation to prospective personal injury clients. In other matters, we will apply any fee paid for the initial consultation to the retainer and/or hourly fee. For most matters, Nolo clients receive a free initial consultation.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
We generally charge fixed fees for criminal, DWI and traffic matters and charge an hourly rate for everything else. We are flexible and would definitely consider offering a discount for Nolo clients. We would be willing to waive any initial consultation fee for Nolo clients.
Hourly Rates
$175 - much lower than rates charged by firms of comparable experience and ability.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Clients can also e-mail or leave voice-mail after hours.
Office Manager
Leah Colombo
Emergency After Hours

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I didn't plan to be a trial lawyer. I chose my areas of practice when I discovered how much I enjoy trial work and how successful hard work and experience have made me.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

A client who is willing and able to educate himself on legal issues is far better equipped to assist his attorney in representing him than a client who is unaware of what issues are important. Knowledge and preparation are essential to quality legal representation. Many a good case has been lost because a client neglected to inform his attorney of an important fact which was later raised by the opposing attorney at trial. Every case we take gets the full attention it deserves.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am always willing to review documents prepared by my clients. The more information I have about a legal matter, the better I can do my job and the more accurate the advice I can give.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

There are some arenas, such as New York State Supreme Court civil trials or criminal trials, in which no client, not even another attorney, should represent himself. However, there are other areas, such as small claims, minor traffic violations and certain Family Court proceedings in which a client can successfully represent himself. Sometimes a pro se answer is appropriate in a lawsuit in order to prevent a default judgment. In appropriate cases, I am willing to coach and assist such clients. The client always makes the ultimate decisions.

Jo Anne Leegant

Jo Anne Leegant was born in New York City. She received her B.A. from the State University at Buffalo and worked for Erie County, first as a caseworker and later as a probation officer and supervisor before deciding to attend law school.

While she was employed with the Erie County Department of Probation, she received an M.A. in sociology with a concentration in criminal justice from Fordham University. She obtained her J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1984.

She opened her own office in 1986 and has engaged in general practice which included criminal law, personal injury, family law, collections, real estate, wills and estates. She has had extensive trial experience in both civil and criminal matters.

Her hobbies include baking, gardening and spending time with her three rescued greyhounds and three pampered cats.

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