Leanne is Special Counsel to the firm, handling all aspects of federal and state complex commercial litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and appeals. Her practice includes the representation of corporations and individuals in financial industry and business litigation, telecommunications and land use litigation, contractual and employment disputes, and sophisticated appeals.
Leanne began her career as a Commercial Litigator at Kelley Drye & Warren, a leading international law firm, and for over two decades has provided sophisticated business litigation services to a wide range of clients. She prides herself on the ability to listen carefully, think outside of the box, and carefully construct litigation strategies that meet the unique needs of her clients.
After graduating from Duke University with Distinction in English, Leanne earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Pace University, where she was Research & Writing Editor of the Pace Law Review and a member of the National Moot Court team. Leanne serves on the Boards of her law school's Alumni Association and the Women’s Business Development Council of Connecticut (WBDC), and regularly serves as a Judge for the Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court competition.
Pace University School of Law, 1994, J.D. magna cum laude
Duke University, 1990, B.A., Distinction in English
Connecticut and New York
District of Connecticut
Southern District of New York
Eastern District of New York
Western District of New York
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States of America
Co-Author, “The Constitutionality of New York’s Grandparent Visitation Statute in Light of Troxel v. Granville,” 27 Westchester Bar Journal 19 (2000).
Author, “Davis v. Davis: The Embryonic Stages of Procreational Privacy,” 14 Pace Law Review 567 (1994).
Successfully represented telecommunications provider before the S.D.N.Y. in connection with novel issues of Constitutional law and federal preemption.
Won motion to dismiss on behalf of major telecommunications corporation in Article 78 proceedings.
Represented global reinsurance corporation in R&W arbitration.
Represented broker-dealer in Second Circuit appeal regarding engagement and placement agreements.
Won motion to dismiss on behalf of developer of state-of-the art, green parking garage near Westchester County Airport.
Won judgment in favor of landowners in quiet title action.
Represented large distribution company in connection with two Second Circuit appeals arising out of breach of contract and guaranty.
Represented software supply corporation in proceedings regarding breach of data collection automation services agreement and breach of duties of loyalty and confidentiality against former employee.
Appellate consultant in patent infringement appeal to Federal Circuit.
Appellate consultant in First Circuit appeal regarding judicial assignment.
Represented investor in FINRA arbitration and Connecticut proceedings arising from broker-dealer’s fraudulent sales and marketing practices.
Represented former directors in New York First Department appeal regarding minority shareholder oppression, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and trade secret misappropriation.