Michael I. Leonard

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Chicago, IL

Leonard Trial Lawyers
 | 120 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-815-6572
Fax: 312-264-0671
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%),
  • Criminal Defense (30%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (20%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (20%)
  • Free Consultation
Attorney Profile

Mike is believed to be the only practicing lawyer who has obtained 6 or more different not guilty jury verdicts on all charges in federal criminal jury trials in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago). He has also obtained the dismissal of several other federal criminal cases, and successfully obtained favorable federal sentences for dozens of other clients. 

In addition, Mike has successfully litigated or tried to verdict hundreds of other cases in civil and criminal cases in Federal and State courts, in Illinois and across the country. In civil cases, Mike has extensive experience in employment, whistleblower, retaliation, and complex commercial cases. Accordingly, his trial wins in civil cases have come in a wide variety of matters, including employment, whistleblower, non-compete, ERISA, securities fraud, and contract and commercial matters.  

Mike has also successfully Arbitrated numerous other cases.

In Mike's appellate practice, he has argued before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Illinois Appellate Courts on numerous occasions, as well before the Sixth Circuit Appellate Court, the California Appellate Court, and the Idaho Supreme Court.

Mike is one of the founding Partners of LeonardMeyer, LLP, which has offices in Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California.

Mike has been recognized as one of the top trial lawyers in the State of Illinois, as well as repeatedly being recognized as a top lawyer by Super Lawyers Leading Lawyers Network, National Trial Lawyers, Crain's, and the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, among others.

In addition, he has also handled numerous arbitrations, negotiations and appeals on behalf of his clients.

Mike's cases have featured in by national and local newspapers, television and radio news outlets.

Mike has served as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Practice Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law. He also regularly speaks at legal seminars and conferences on the art and science of trial practice.

Mike is a1988 graduate of the University of Iowa, and he obtained his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1991.

Practice Areas
  • 30%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 30%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 20%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Arrest & Arraignment, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Felony, Murder, Sex Offenses, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation


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Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021

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About Michael Leonard

Admitted: 1991, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.leonardtriallawyers.com


  • Top trial lawyer and commercial and criminal litigator, by The National Trial Lawyers; America’s Best Attorneys; Super Lawyers; Leading Lawyers Network; American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys; and Crain’s Chicago Business
  • 40 Illinois Lawyers Under 40 to Watch, Chicago, 2004
  • Super Lawyers, Business Litigation
  • Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney, Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • Pro Bono Service Award, International Human Rights Law Group, 1995
  • Leading Lawyers Network (Litigation)
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys, 2018
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Illinois)
  • Chicago Lawyer (Leading Commercial Litigation Attorneys)

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Illinois, 1991

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Mike regularly handles a wide variety of civil and criminal pro bono matters.  Mike recently obtained a not guilty jury verdict in one such case on behalf of a client in a murder case that had been pending for some 7 years. 

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • North Western University's School Of Law (Chicago), Adjunct Professor
  • Mike frequently speaks on trial and litigation related skills.  He was an Instructor for several years in the Chicago Bar Association's Federal Trial Bar training course for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.


  • Mike has obtained a great number of notable verdicts in Federal and State Courts, in both civil and criminal matters.  He is one of the very few practicing attorneys in Illinois and nationally to have obtained FIVE separate not guilty jury verdicts in federal criminal cases against the United States Attorneys' Office in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, including in 2017. 

Educational Background:

  • University of Iowa, B.A., 1988

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Office Location for Michael I. Leonard

120 North LaSalle Street
Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 312-815-6572

Fax: 312-264-0671

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Last Updated: 4/20/2021

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