While a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy, Leigh was challenged to set goals and then stretch to exceed them. Whether on the basketball court, in class, or performing drills with her company, Leigh was being trained to be a leader, a representative of her country, expected to serve with honor, integrity, and commitment. The experience she gained at the Academy and in the Navy set the foundation for her career and would eventually serve as the cornerstone for her legal firm, Americo Law.
After serving in the Navy at the Communication Officer Training School in Rhode Island, Leigh worked as Chief Controller of Northeast Engineering and earned an MBA from the University of Rhode Island. Leigh spent a year as a finance and human resources director in Iraq where she gained invaluable insight from working with military contractors at a time when insurgents were trying to prevent rebuilding efforts in the war-torn country.
In 2005, Leigh returned to the states and moved to Central Florida. She worked as a controller for an environmental engineering firm for 10 years while also earning her law degree from Barry University. Last spring, after passing the bar, she opened her own practice in Longwood. Leigh named the firm after her grandfather and mentor, Americo Macellaro.
“My grandfather was a steelworker from Pittsburgh who cherished family and loved his community,” Leigh says. “His philosophy of life was a true legacy, and I wanted to name this firm in honor of what he stood for because I want to emulate him and embrace his values as a service provider.”
Leigh’s decision to open her own practice instead of signing on with a large firm was guided by the principles her grandfather espoused. Leigh’s practice focuses on two areas: business law and estate planning. On the business side, Leigh acts as outsourced general counsel for small businesses that cannot afford to keep a full-time lawyer on staff. Through estate planning, Leigh wants to help families get their affairs in order to avoid the horror stories associated with probate after the death of a family member.
“Trust is built on communication,” Leigh says. “I have eliminated hourly fees because I don’t want them to discourage clients from calling me. I offer individualized packages to fit everyone’s budget. I want to provide personalized service and enrich people’s lives in this community. That’s why I became an attorney.”