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George G. Leynaud

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Peru, IL

Leynaud Law Group, LLC
1200 38th St.
Peru, IL 61354
Phone: 815-224-4700
Fax: 815-224-4703
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2023
Licensed in Illinois Since: 1983
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Criminal Defense
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Attorney Profile

Attorney George G. Leynaud is a partner with Leynaud Law Group, LLC, in Peru, Illinois. A top-rated, award-winning trial lawyer with more than 37 years of total legal experience, Mr. Leynaud provides invaluable counsel and support to clients throughout Central Illinois who have serious and complex legal challenges involving any of the following:

·        Personal injury and wrongful death

·        Medical malpractice

·        Mediation

·        Uninsured and underinsured motorists

·        Workers' compensation

·        Felony criminal defense

·        DUI and traffic-related defense

·        Real estate law

·        Business litigation

·        Insurance law

A leader in his field, Mr. Leynaud has served as chair of the Insurance Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association twice as well as chair of the organization's Tort Section Council. He has also written extensively and conducted dozens of lectures and continuing legal education seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics. He also completed the intensive Mediation Training Program at Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005, and he has achieved the status of Silver Fellow with the Illinois Bar Foundation.

Mr. Leynaud is a member of the Capital Counsel Team, Grassroots Lobbying and the Mentor Program of the Illinois State Bar Association, and he has served in several leadership roles within the organization. He has also served on the Assembly and Election Committee of the 13th Judicial Circuit. He is also an active member of the American Bar Association and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, among his other professional affiliations.

Recognized for his impeccable professionalism and outstanding client service, Mr. Leynaud has earned a Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished* peer review rating along with several Leading Lawyers designations and a listing in the Who's Who in American Law. He has also received designation as one of the Top Lawyers in Illinois for Personal Injury Plaintiff and Workers' Compensation from Chicago Lawyer Magazine.

A 1980 graduate of Marquette University, Mr. Leynaud obtained his Juris Doctor from WMU Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan in 1983. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Central and Northern Districts of Illinois as well as the U.S. Federal Courts.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 50%Criminal Defense
Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence


6 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2023

About George G. Leynaud

First Admitted: 1983, Illinois

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Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Mediation Training Program: Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law, 2005

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Case Summaries, The Policy Newsletter of the ISBA, Vol. 64, No.2, April 2020
  • "Housing Law," Illinois Association of Housing Authorities
  • "Void Provisions of Insurance Policies," ISBA Law Ed Series, June 2003
  • "Anatomy of an Automobile Case" & "Defense of Complicity," ISBA Law Ed Series, May 2004
  • "Hot Topics in Tort" & "Insurance Coverage Issues," ISBA Law Ed Series, May 2006
  • Coordinator & Moderator: "Insurance Law: Everything You Want to Know and Should Ask," ISBA Law Ed Series, October and November 2006
  • Coordinator, Moderator, Lecturer: "Tort Law, Back to the Basics," ISBA Law Ed Series, February 2007
  • Coordinator, Moderator, Lecturer: "The Necessary Basics, Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Coverage" & "Arbitration of Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims," ISBA Law Ed Series, June 2007
  • "Uninsured and Underinsured," Tort Law Nuts and Bolts, ISBA Law Ed Series, February 2008
  • "Law of Experts," "Expert Witnesses: A Primer," ISBA Law Ed Series, October 2008
  • Coordinator, Moderator, Lecturer: "Back to Basics: Tort Law" and "Distribution/Settlement," ISBA Law Ed Series, January 2010
  • “Medicare Set Asides: How to Work Them Out with Plaintiff and Defense,” ISBA Law Ed Series, May 2012
  • “Insurance Coverage issues for the General Practitioners,” ISBA Law Ed Series, April 2014
  • "Insurance 101: The Basics," ISBA Law Ed Series, March 2019
  • Article, "Is an Excluded Driver Really Excluded?" Tort Trends, Illinois State Bar Association, Vol. 38, No. 2, December 2002
  • Article, "Duty to Defend: No Separate Bodily Injury," The Policy, Illinois State Bar Association, Vol. 50, No. 4, May 2006
  • Featured, "So You Want To Be A Personal Injury Lawyer?" ISBA Journal, Vol. 96, No. 10, October 2008
  • Featured, "Understanding Uninsured Motorist Coverage," ISBA Journal, Vol. 97, No. 3, March 2009
  • Case Summaries, Criminal Justice Newsletter of the ISBA, Vol. 52, No. 5, May 2009
  • Case Summaries, The Policy Newsletter of the ISBA, Vol. 60, No. 2, November 2015
  • Case Summaries, The Policy Newsletter of the ISBA, Vol. 60, No. 3, May 2016

Pro bono/Community Service

  • LaSalle County, Secretary, 1995, President, 1987-1988, President-elect, 1986-1987, Secretary-Treasurer, 1984-1986
  • District 120, LaSalle-Peru Township High School, Board of Education, Vice-president, 1995-1997


  • Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, Plaintiffs Personal Injury, 2018-present
  • , Top Lawyers in Illinois, Chicago Lawyer, October 2009-present
  • Civil Plaintiff, 2019-present, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Distinguished Rating: Peer Review, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Leading Lawyer, Leading Lawyers, 2009-present
  • , America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators


  • People v. Finley, 568 N.E. 2d 412, 154 Ill. Dec. 412, 209 Ill. App. 3d 968, 1991
  • In re: The Marriage of Hall, 215 Ill. Dec. 419, 633 N.E. 2d 430, 1996

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Illinois, 1983
  • District 120, LaSalle-Peru Township High School, Vice-president, Board of Education, 1995-97
  • LaSalle County Bar Association, Secretary, 1995, President, 1987-1988, President-elect, 1986-1987, Secretary-Treasurer, 1984-1986
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Judicial Evaluations Downstate Committee, Mentor Program, Insurance Law Section, CLE Coordinator, 2019-present, Chair, Section Council, 2005-2006, 2015-2016, Ex-Officio, 2006-2007, 2016-2017, Secretary, 2004-2005, Tort Law Section, Chair, 2009-2010, Vice-chair, 2008-2009, Secretary, 2007-2008
  • Illinois Bar Foundation, Gold Fellow, Board of Directors/Third District, 2018-present
  • American Bar Association
  • 13th Judicial Circuit, Assembly, 2001-2007, 2013-2015, Election Committee, 2004-present

Educational Background

  • Marquette University; Bradley University, B.S., Administration of Criminal Justice - 1980
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Office Location for George G. Leynaud

1200 38th St.
Peru, IL 61354

Phone: 815-224-4700

Fax: 815-224-4703

Last Updated: 9/8/2022

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