Leonard is chair of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation Department and head of the firm’s coal team. His work is principally focused on commercial litigation, with cases involving energy, transactional, securities, insurance coverage, corporate control and general corporate matters. He has litigated actions and arbitrations on behalf of clients in more than 25 states and before several foreign arbitration tribunals, and he provides general corporate counsel to many of his business clients. As head of the coal team, he coordinates the cross-departmental group of attorneys who provide integrated, coal-related legal services to coal producers, coal transporters, utilities and service providers to the coal industry.
His litigation experience includes numerous cases involving the enforcement of long-term supply agreements, acquisition and divestiture agreements, the interpretation of insurance contracts providing coverage for business and industrial hazards, class action securities fraud and general commercial litigation. His clients include energy producers, publicly traded manufacturers, financial institutions, communications providers and corporate holding companies, as well as large family and trust-owned entities.
He has litigated and arbitrated numerous disputes over major supply agreements for utilities and coal and oil and gas producers. In the area of mergers and acquisitions, he has represented numerous clients in disputes arising from the purchase and sale of businesses, including cases involving the enforceability of letters of intent for the sale of businesses, post-closing claims of breached representations and warranties and corporate control disputes.