Michael I. Leonard

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Chicago, IL

LeonardMeyer, LLP
 | 120 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-380-6559
Fax: 312-264-0671
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (30%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Michael I. Leonard is a partner with LeonardMeyer, LLP, law firm, which has offices in Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California. Working primarily out of the firm's Chicago location, Mr. Leonard provides exceptional representation to clients throughout the greater Chicago metro and surrounding areas who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·       Federal criminal defense

·       General litigation

·       Employment litigation and whistleblower litigation

·       Complex commercial litigation

·       Intellectual property

Throughout the course of his long and illustrious legal career spanning more than 28 years, Mr. Leonard has achieved considerable success advocating for and supporting his clients in a wide range of pressing legal challenges. He has tried cases involving securities fraud, employment discrimination and harassment, ERISA benefits disputes, personal injury claims, and criminal matters in state and federal courts across his region. In addition, he has also handled numerous arbitrations, negotiations and appeals on behalf of his clients.

Whether inside or outside of the courtroom, Mr. Leonard maintains an unwavering focus on his clients' needs and helping them secure the favorable outcomes they expect and deserve as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, he has received many awards and accolades from his peers, including designation as among the top trial attorneys in the country from The National Trial Lawyers and America's Best Attorneys.

Mr. Leonard has also earned a Leading Lawyers designation as well as recognition from the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys and Crain’s Chicago Business, and he has been featured in local and national newspapers, television and radio news outlets. He has also served as instructor of trial practice and mock trial coach at Northwestern School of Law, and he has conducted many lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics.

A 1988 graduate of The University of Iowa, Mr. Leonard obtained his Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1991. Along with trying cases in state and federal courts throughout Illinois, he has also successfully argued appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th and 7th Circuits, and the Illinois Appellate Court as well as the Idaho Supreme Court and the California Courts of Appeal.

Practice Areas
  • 30%General Litigation
  • 40%Employment Litigation
  • 30%Criminal Defense: White Collar
Focus Areas

Litigation, Restraining Order, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


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Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020

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About Michael Leonard

Admitted: 1991, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.leonardmeyerllp.com/mikeleonard


  • 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

Industry Groups

  • AAJ
  • ABA
  • CBA
  • IADC
  • Tafnet
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Office Location for Michael I. Leonard

120 North LaSalle Street
Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 312-380-6559

Fax: 312-264-0671

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Last Updated: 3/13/2020

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