Jul 09, 2020
Surprise Honor - Leon Handley
Tribute to a Wonderful Friend and Member

Leon H. Handley has been a member of The Rotary Club of Orlando since November 1, 1974.  We honor him on this day because of his years of dedication and years of service to our club and our community.

Leon was selected for inclusion as a Diamond Member in the forthcoming Top Attorneys of North America 2018-2019 edition of The Who’s Who Directories.

The accomplishments attained by Mr. Leon H. Handley in the field of Legal Services, warrants inclusion into The Top Attorneys of North America. Leon H. Handley

Leon Handley, admitted to the Florida State Bar in 1951 and court admissions in the U.S. District Courts of Florida (Middle, Southern), the U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th and 11th Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court, is Of Counsel in the Orlando office at Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell. For more than 50 years, Leon has had a successful legal career in civil trial defense.

Leon has traveled extensively, lecturing about trial practice and has acted as a master of ceremonies and a keynote speaker for many events. He has also been involved in a number of local community organizations, including serving as Past President and Life Director of the Central Florida Fair, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of WMFE, Past Chairman of the Community Service Award Committee of Walt Disney World® and a Trustee of Lake Highland Preparatory School. Positions held with corporate affiliations include Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Beneficial Savings Bank; Past President and Director of the Southern Industrial Savings Bank; Vice President and Director of Claude H. Wolfe, Inc.; President and Director of Cracker Groves of Florida, Inc., and President and Chairman of the Board of Mine and Mill Supply Co., Inc. of Lakeland.

Leon earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with honors, and his J.D., both from the University of Florida in a total of four years. Before attending college, Leon was a Warrant Officer in the United States Maritime Service, with sea duty to Italy. He served the country overseas in Korea as a Sergeant in the Army and was the first Air Force Cadet Colonel in Florida R.O.T.C. history. At the end of his military career, Handley retired as Captain in the United States Air Force Reserve.