LESLIE M. LEONARD

PARTNER

Leslie Leonard joined Cooper Cargill Chant in 2010.  A New Hampshire native, Leslie began her career as a paralegal in Boulder, Colorado after graduating cum laude from the University of New Hampshire.  During her years as a paralegal, she gained significant experience in family law matters. Working in the field ignited her passion even further and she decided to attend law school. 

ABOUT

 

Leslie Leonard joined Cooper Cargill Chant in 2010.  A New Hampshire native, Leslie began her career as a paralegal in Boulder, Colorado after graduating cum laude from the University of New Hampshire.  During her years as a paralegal, she gained significant experience in the areas of personal injury and family law matters. Working in the field ignited her passion even further and she made the decision to attend law school. After eight years in Colorado she returned to New Hampshire to study law at UNH School of Law, where she graduated cum laude in 2006.

While in law school, Leslie completed an externship clerking for New Hampshire Supreme Court Justice (now retired) Linda Dalianis.  Leslie also spent a semester in Washington, DC on an externship at the Children’s Defense Fund where she worked on national public policy issues regarding children’s mental health and welfare issues and took part in educational meetings and seminars on Capitol Hill regarding children’s advocacy.  Leslie also worked as a teaching assistant for Legal Writing, Legal Skills, and Criminal Law.

 

Upon graduation from UNH School of Law, Leslie commenced a two-year Superior Court Clerkship, in the Southern Hillsborough Superior Court in Nashua. In 2008, she began practicing law at a prominent law firm in Portsmouth, New Hampshire where she primarily focused her practice on personal injury, land use and family law. In 2010, with the pull of the mountains and memories of Colorado always in the forefront, Leslie traveled north to make her home in the Mount Washington Valley.  Leslie’s practice focuses on family law, estate planning, employment law, personal injury and social security disability. Leslie is also often appointed by the Court to take on Abuse & Neglect cases and frequently represents both victims and accused abusers in domestic violence proceedings.

PRACTICE AREAS

 

ADMISSIONS

 

Maine State Bar Association

New Hampshire Bar Association

Massachusetts State Bar Association

United States District Court, District of New Hampshire

EXPERIENCE

Divorce cases involving privately owned family businesses

 

Divorce cases involving children amid allegations of abuse

 

Parenting cases between unmarried parents of infants as well as children with disabilities

 

Child support and arrearage cases

 

Adoption

 

Termination of parental rights

 

Guardianship of grandchildren or other minor relatives

 

Abuse and Neglect Proceedings

 

Both plaintiffs and defendants in employment cases alleging gender and/or age discrimination

 

Local businesses with respect to hiring and firing procedures and protocols

 

Social Security Disability Appeals

 

RECOGNITION

 

2018 Bruni Young Leadership Award

2016 Super Lawyers New England Rising Star

2015 Super Lawyers New England Rising Star

 

Graduate, Leadership Mount Washington Valley

The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 – 2015

Recipient, Stephen R. Park PIC Fellowship, 2006

COMMUNITY

 

Member, Jen's Friends Cancer Foundation
Member, Gibson Center - Board of Directors

President, Carroll County Bar Association

President 2017-2018, Rotary Club of North Conway
Member, New Hampshire Association for Justice

Member, American Bar Association

Member, New Hampshire Bar Association

Former Board Member, White Mountain Community Health Center

Past President, Mount Washington Valley Children’s Museum

Past Board Member, Ham Ice Arena

 
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EDUCATION

University of New Hampshire (BA, cum laude, 1995)

University of New Hampshire School of Law, formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center (JD, cum laude, 2006)

New Hampshire Superior Court Law Clerk, 2006-2008