Leon has over fifty 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 and an arbitrator 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 for Trust and Estate Litigation, Cleveland 2012 and 2014 

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

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


Community & Professional

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


For a more complete list of trial results, please contact attorney.



Speaking Engagements

  • Best Practices and Duties of Trustees Fulfilling their Charge
    The Ohio State Bar Association Annual Convention - Columbus, OH, May 7, 2012
  • Ohio Trust Code Three Years Later- Practical Applications and Issues- Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland 38th Annual Tax Seminar.
    Cleveland, OH, Jun 3, 2010
  • "Adult Adoption and Beneficiary Status, the Current State of Ohio Law"- 2010- American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.
    Cleveland,OH, Apr 24, 2010
  • Ethics in Regard to Probate Trust and Estate Planning, National City Bank and Key Bank Corp. Seminar
    Cleveland, Ohio, Dec 9, 2008
  • Hot Topics for Estate Planners, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association CLE
    Cleveland, Ohio, Jun 17, 2008
  • Can a private settlement agreement be used to avoid litigation or end litigation?, Marvin R. Pliskin Advanced Probate & Estate Planning Seminar
    Cleveland, Ohio, Sep 14, 2007



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J.D., Case Western Reserve University, 1966

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


  • State of Ohio, 1966
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