Stephen R. Leslie is a 1990 graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Mr. Leslie received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law in 1993. Mr. Leslie joined Stichter Riedel in 1993 and became a shareholder in 2001. Mr. Leslie’s active practice involves advice and consultation with clients concerning restructuring and deleveraging. His practice includes frequent court appearances in Federal Bankruptcy Court throughout the State of Florida and he heads the firm's Ft. Myers office. Mr. Leslie has acted as lead Chapter 11 or lead workout counsel in matters involving hundreds of millions of dollars in assets spanning marinas, condominium projects of various types, condo projects, hotels, self-storage facilities, general contractors, construction companies, motorcycle retailers, trucking companies, block and concrete manufacturers, furniture manufacturing, window and construction component manufacturing, farming operations of various types including citrus, real estate developers, apartment complexes, aerospace concerns and defense contractors, design firms, medical practices of various types (cardiac, dental, nephrology, ENT, etc.), medical and dental manufacturing and sales concerns, national carnival operators, diamond retailers, clothing retailers, auto repair retailers, retail strip centers, home accessory retailers, open-cast mining concerns, retail car rental companies, and several different types of restaurant chains. He has represented lenders (including DIP lenders), purchasers, and creditors’ committees in multiple Chapter 11 cases. He has been engaged as an expert witness on bankruptcy topics. He has also spent substantial time on commercial litigation matters in the bankruptcy context (including avoidance actions), as well as handling bankruptcy appellate matters.