J. Leonard Fleet received a bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida and graduated from the University of Florida, Levin School of law. His distinguished legal career spanned 23 years centered on the fields of criminal law, civil rights litigation and appellate practice. In 1982 he was elected without opposition to the Broward County Circuit Court and over the next 23 years served in the Criminal, General Civil and Family Divisions.

He attained a Master of Judicial Studies at the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada, Reno and has completed the Advanced Mediation Program, Straus Institute, Pepperdine University. He is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family and Circuit Civil Mediator, who mediates and arbitrates family and complex civil matters.