A native of Tampa, Stephen has been a member of St. John’s since 1994. He is a graduate of The Berkeley Preparatory School, Florida State University, and Stetson University College of Law.
Stephen served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office for six years before leaving to start his own office, Stephen A. Leal, P.A., where he practiced for thirteen years. In 2013 he joined the Law Firm of McIntyre, Thanasides, Bringgold, Elliott, Grimaldi & Guito, where he currently handles criminal, family, and traffic law matters.
Stephen has served as head usher for St. John’s for the past ten years. In addition to serving as an usher he has in the past taught children’s Sunday school. He has been ridiculously fortunate to have been married for 22 years to his amazing wife Lisa, who serves as a lay reader, chalice bearer, and Altar Guild member. Stephen and Lisa are blessed with a wonderful son, Grayson, (age 16) who serves at St. John’s as an acolyte and chalice bearer.