“Hope. Everyone should have it. Unfortunately, not everyone that
has been hurt does. I measure a good day as one where I am able to give
hope back to someone that has lost theirs along the way. I may not be
able to change the world, but I can change the world of one person. Hope
can make all the difference.”
Leila A. Billings is an energetic and community-focused addition to the
Kelley/Uustal family. She focuses on
personal injury and wrongful death. Not only does she help give a voice to those hurt
by others’ negligence, but she is dedicated to providing guidance,
empathy, and resolution.
Ms. Billings graduated from Boston University with a bachelor’s in
Psychology and went on to enroll in a dual program at Nova Southeastern
University. During her education, she worked full-time while attending
the law school evening part-time program. After a notable amount of hard
work, she graduated with a Master of Business Administration and a Juris
Ms. Billings worked for two years at Russo, Billings & Rosen, PL as
an administrative partner, where she worked on multiple aspects of litigation
for plaintiff personal injury practice, including negligence, premises
liability, and wrongful death. While there, she worked on hundreds of
cases, from client intake to trial and post-trial motions. . She also
worked for Itzler & Itzler, PA as an associate who handled the litigation
for motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall, property damage, and breach
of contract cases including discovery, hearings, depositions, and trials
in the tri-county area and out of state.
- President of The Masters Academy Parent Teacher Association
- Broward County Hispanic Bar Association, Immediate Past President
- Past Special Events Chair - Thomas J. McCormick Scholarship Foundation
- Member: National Association of Professional Women Mentoring Program
Ms. Billings has been actively involved in her community throughout her
career. She works as the founder and managing director for Attorneys for
H.O.P.E., a 501c3 providing pro bono legal services to first responders,
law enforcement, veterans, and military service members. Additionally,
she is the founding member and director of the Broward County Hispanic
Outreach Foundation, a 501c3 providing education, training, and awareness
for the need of diversity in the legal profession. It also provides scholarships
to local law students who are committed to community service in particular
areas related to the mission and objectives of the Foundation.
Ms. Billings was recently nominated, for two years in a row, for the Heart
of the Community Award for Broward County, and won the Hands On Broward
2011 Volunteer of the Year award for over 400 hours of service in 2011
alone. She enjoys devoting her time and volunteering efforts to helping
children through Kids in Distress, Hispanic Unity4Kids, Pace Center for
Girls of Broward County, and other local charity organizations who help
serve the needs of underprivileged and neglected children.
She will continue to provide skillful advocacy to the clients here at Kelley/Uustal,
focusing her efforts on
wrongful death, and
mass torts cases. Find out how she can use her talent and dedication to help your case.
Contact us today.