Jeffrey Phillips Leonard is a partner with the firm. He is licensed in Alabama and Georgia and works out of the firm’s Birmingham and Atlanta offices. He primarily represents clients in commercial, catastrophic injury and complex civil litigation throughout the country. Jeff has participated in many jury trials, obtained jury verdicts and mid-trial settlements, and recovered millions of dollars for his corporate and individual clients.
Jeff graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2001, where he served as Executive Editor of The Wake Forest Law Review and was selected to the Order of the Coif honor society. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1997 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. After law school, Jeff lived in Atlanta, Georgia and practiced at King & Spalding and Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, where he primarily represented large companies in civil litigation. Jeff returned to his hometown of Birmingham in 2009 and joined Heninger Garrison Davis.
Jeff brings significant litigation and trial skills to the firm. His practice focuses on representing individuals and businesses in civil litigation, including contract and commercial disputes, wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability, premises liability and trucking/vehicle collision cases. Jeff has extensive experience in class action litigation around the country. He represents clients in corporate disputes, trade secret and intellectual property and securities cases, as well as FINRA arbitration. He is also experienced in pharmaceutical, medical device and environmental litigation. Jeff also handles Federal Tort Claim Act (FTCA) involving the federal government. Jeff is also experienced with corporate bankruptcy, especially when used to avoid litigation and trial.
Jeff has litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States, including: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Jeff has been recognized for his legal work, including:
Superlawyers – Business Litigation
Birmingham Magazine – “Top Attorneys” for Civil Litigation
B-metro Magazine – “Top Flight Lawyers”
AV-Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbell
Jeff’s community involvement includes service on the Board of the University of Alabama Student Affairs Leadership Council. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Directors for the Shepherd Center Hospital, based in Atlanta, Georgia, which specializes in the treatment, research and rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord and brain injuries and multiple sclerosis. Jeff is also a dedicated supporter of the University of Alabama, Vanderbilt University and Children’s Harbor of Alabama, which provides free counseling and support services to children with chronic illnesses and their families.
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