Zinzow Law
Karen E. Leonardo

Karen E. Leonardo

Construction and Real Estate attorney

She was born into a family of multigenerational South Florida masons.  Her dad is a master craftsman, and her mom, the first licensed masonry contractor in South Florida.  Karen laid her first bricks at the ripe old age of seven in the intricate herringbone pattern; it was the fanciest playhouse in the neighborhood.  Later, she worked alongside her parents, learning how to mix mud and build structures that last generations.  Karen learned the hard lessons of day-to-day business operations and the opportunities and challenges of the construction industry.  She experienced over-regulation and the frustration of massive permitting delays.  These and other learned experiences developed Karen’s desire to correct a broken system.  The path that lay before her would not be an easy or straight one.

Karen spent the early part of her career in Biomedical Sciences, where she met her husband and built her beautiful family.  However, Karen’s desire to fight for and protect the rights of Construction Companies and Real Estate owners continued to weigh on her, so she became an attorney.

It was only a matter of time before Karen would find herself a Construction and Real Estate attorney, fighting and protecting the Construction companies and Real Estate businesses that Build America. Karen’s passion and dedication for those who sacrifice and struggle to grow the companies that build America is the driving force behind everything she does.

Education

J.D. , 2010, Stetson   University,   St.   Petersburg,   FL.  

M.S., 2007, Medical   Sciences,  2007, University   of   South   Florida,   Tampa,   FL.  

B.S., 2001, Biomedical   Sciences,   University   of   South   Florida,   Tampa,   FL. 

Bar Admissions

Admitted to the Florida Bar on April 14, 2011

Professional Affiliations

  • Hernando County Board of Realtors
  • Hernando County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Present   Rotary   Secretary   to   Spring   Hill   Central   Rotary   Foundation,   Inc.
  • Present   member   of   Hernando   County   Bar   Association   and   Chair   of   Scholarship   Committee.
  • Hernando   County   Youth   Court   Judge   volunteer.
  • Prior   Catechist   at   St.   Francis   Cabrini   Catholic   Church   teaching   7t h    grade   religious   education   once   a   week.
  • Prior   Laboratory   assistant   and   office   assistant   to   the   HIV   department   within   the   Hillsborough   County   Health  Department   during   law   school.

Publications

  • (2008)   DNA   AND   CELL   BIOLOGY,    Second   Author   Publication:   Generation   and   characterization   of   an   attenuated  mutant   in   a   response   regulator   gene   of   Francisella   tularensis   live   vaccine   strain