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J.D., Case Western Reserve University, 1966

B.S. in B.A., Bucknell University, 1963

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  • State of Ohio, 1966
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As a lawyer, I am driven by the advice that I received early on in my career from a wise judge: “Be slow to give your word, and quick to keep it.”  I like to think of myself as someone who can be trusted by clients, judges and even by opposing counsel.

Leon has over forty years of experience in trust and estate litigation, will contests, fiduciary law, probate administration and estate planning. He is a nationally renowned attorney in his field and has been selected as a 'Best Lawyer in America', a 'Leading Lawyer' and an 'Ohio Super Lawyer' for years. He is a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Ohio State Bar Association, and the Cleveland Bar Association where he served as a Member of the Board of Trustees and as General Chairman of the Cleveland Bar Association's Annual Estate Planning Institute.

Leon is a frequent lecturer and panelist on probate, estate planning, professional liability, and professional responsibilities issues for the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the Ohio Legal Center Institute, the Jewish Welfare Federation, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland Bar Association, County Bar Association, and the National Business Institute. Leon also serves as a mediator for private litigants.

Honors & Recognitions

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Litigation-Trusts and Estates and Trusts and Estates, since 1987

Selected as Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year-Cleveland-2012 and 2014 for Trust and Estate Litigation

Recognized as a Super Lawyer by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine for more than 10 years, Top 100 in Ohio, Top 50 in Cleveland

Rated AV® Preeminent™: Very Highly Rated in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards by Martindale Hubbell Peer Review

Who's Who in America

The Metropolitan Who's Who in Law

International Who's Who of Professionals

Marquis Who's Who in America in Finance and Business

International Who's Who of Professionals

Selected as a Leading Lawyer by Inside Business Magazine, December, 2001- 2010

Estate Planning Advisory Council, Case Western Reserve University

Listed as one of the leading Trust and Estate attorneys in the country in The American Lawyer, November, 2004-2007



Professional Memberships & Community Affiliations

American Bar Association
-Member, Probate & Trust Property Litigation Sections, Estate & Trust Litigation
-Committee/Subcommittee on Privileges and Experts

Ohio State Bar Association
-Member, Probate and Trust Section

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
-Member, Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law Section

American College of Trust & Estate Counsel
-Member, Fiduciary Litigation Committee/Evidence Subcommittee

Testimonials

"Our most sincere thanks for the excellent counsel and guidance you provided. We are thrilled with the results, which frankly, exceeded our expectations, especially pertaining to the deed."

"I would like to express my sincere thanks for the superb job you did on our behalf. When we first came to see you, we were basically at our emotional nadir. Hiring you was probably the first smart thing we did throughout the course of this ordeal and we are completely satisfied with your efforts and we are grateful for the kindness and consideration you and everyone at your office extended to each of us."

"Leon, it has been a true pleasure working with you. You are very capable, very intelligent, practical and best of all you have great common sense. As you know it's extremely rare to find anyone worth these attributes and very encouraging when you do find them. Thank you for the results you have achieved and for working with me on this." 

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