Patricia A. Leonard

West Palm Beach,  FL  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Labor & Employment
Contact InfoTelephone: 561.650.7960
Fax: 561.655.6222
University University of Virginia, B.A., English Language/Literature, 1988; Moot Court Board; Vice-President, Phi Delta Phi Honorary Legal Fraternity; Order of Barristers; Order of the Coif; Recipient, Dean's Honor Scholarship and Zbar Scholarship
Law SchoolUniversity of Miami School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1995; Law Review: Senior Articles Editor
Admitted1995, Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; Supreme Court of the United States

Professional & Community Involvement

•Member, Host Committee, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County's 9th Annual Brooks Brothers event, November 13, 2013
•Member, The American Academy of Medical Entrepreneurs (AAME) Editorial Advisory Board
•Palm Beach County Bar Association, 1995 to present
•Judicial Relations Committee, 2002-2003; 2008 to present (Chair 2009-2010)
•Independence of the Judiciary Committee, 2006 to 2009 (Co-Chair 2006-2008)
•Professionalism Committee, 2002 to 2005 (Co-Chair 2003-2005)
•Young Lawyers Division, 1996 to 1998
•4th District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission, October 2011 to present, appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott
•Co-Vice Chairperson, September 2013 to August 2014
•15th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2014
•Chairperson, September 2013 to July 1, 2014
•15th Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee, 2003 to 2005
•Economic Council of Palm Beach County, 2005 to 2011
•Florida Bar Association, 1995 to present
•Florida Bar Client's Security Fund Committee, 2009 to 2012
•Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Palm Beach Chapter, 1995 to present
•Co-Chair, Pro Bono Committee, 2002 to 2003
•Co-Chair, Judicial Reception Committee, 2003 to 2005
•Executive Women of the Palm Beaches, 1999 to present
•Membership Committee, 2001 to 2004 (Co-Chair, 2003-2004)
•University of Virginia Alumni Club of the Palm Beaches, Executive Board, 1995 to present
•President, 2002 to 2004
•Vice President, 1999 to 2002
•Overtures: Young Friends of the Palm Beach Opera (Steering Committee, 2006 to 2008)
•Craig S. Barnard American Inns of Court. Member, 1997 to 2005
•Group Leader, 2002 to 2003
•Emeritus Member, 2004 to 2005


Patricia A. Leonard has successfully handled numerous complex business and commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts, and in arbitration. Her broad experience includes matters involving breach of contract (including non-compete and other employment contracts), employment discrimination defense, partnership and corporate disputes, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical litigation matters, food and supplement labeling litigation, and real estate litigation. Patti has also litigated trade secret, unfair competition, defamation and copyright infringement cases.

Areas of Concentration

•Commercial and business litigation
•Employment litigation, representing employers
•Pharmaceutical and nutraceutical litigation
•Food and supplement labeling litigation

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2014-2015
•Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyer, 2012-2015
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2007-2015
• Top 50 Women Lawyers in Florida, 2010, 2013
Corporate Counsel (Business Edition), 2008-2011
•Listed, Florida Trend magazine, Legal Elite, 2006, 2008-2009, 2011-2014
•Team Member, a Law360 Employment Practice Group of the Year, 2011 and 2013
•Selected, Leaders in the Law, Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL), 2012
•Listed, South Florida Legal Guide Top Up and Comer, 2006-2011
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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Articles, Publications, & Lectures

Articles and Publications
•Featured, Attorneys to Watch in 2014, Attorney At Law magazine, Ft. Lauderdale/Palm Beaches edition, January 2014
• Do Extraterritorial RICO Claims Still Exist in a Post-Morrison World?, The Federal Lawyer, Vol. 59, Issue 9 (Oct. / Nov. 2012).
• Re-examining the Presumption in Favor of Arbitration in Complex Commercial Cases, 84 Fla. B.J. 8, (Mar. 2010)
• Is Expert Testimony Really Needed in Attorneys' Fees Litigation? Island Hoppers' Call For Change and Other Ways to Reduce the Burdens of Fees Hearings, 77 Fla. B.J. 38, (Jan. 2003)
• Reasonable and Realistic Assessments: Nominal Offers of Judgment in Florida after Eagleman v. Eagleman, 71 Fla. B.J. 79, (May, 1997)
• The Clean Air Act's Mandate of Employer Trip-Reduction Programs: Is this a Workable Solution to the Country's Air Pollution Problems? 49 U. Miami L.R. 827 (1995)

• Labeling Litigation: Strategies for Marketing Products While Avoiding the Courtroom, Natural Products Expo West, Anaheim, CA, March 7, 2015
• Networking and Rainmaking, Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers Mentoring Lunch, October 16, 2013
• Avoiding HR Nightmares with Employees and Staff, The Medical Entrepreneur Symposium, Delray Beach, FL, April 19, 2013
• Avoiding Pitfalls with Employees, Human Resources, Payroll and Payroll Services, The Medical Entrepreneur Symposium, Delray Beach, FL, March 30, 2012
• Commercial Trial Advocacy, Palm Beach County Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference, March 9, 2012
• Ethics and Professionalism, CLE Seminar: Hot Topics in Employment: What you Must Know Now, Palm Beach County Bar Association, May 13, 2011
• 'Bringin' In the Rain: Successful Strategies from Women Rainmakers, Florida Association of Women Lawyers, March 17, 2011
• Commercial Litigation and Commercial Trial Advocacy, Palm Beach County Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference, November 7, 2008
• Making a Good Name for Yourself as a Lawyer, Palm Beach County Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference, October 12, 2007 and November 7, 2008
• Making a Good Name for Yourself as a Lawyer, Palm Beach County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Seminar, October 26, 2007
• Litigation Skills in Florida: Offers of Judgment/Proposals for Settlement, Lorman Education Services, June 2000

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

06.12.15 Seven Greenberg Traurig West Palm Beach Attorneys Named 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
06.11.15 95 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
03.05.15 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys to Speak at Natural Products Expo West
01.21.15 51 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized by South Florida Legal Guide
08.20.14 18 Greenberg Traurig Boca Raton and West Palm Beach Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers In America 2015
08.19.14 128 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers In America 2015
07.03.14 Nine Greenberg Traurig Attorneys in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach Named 2014 Florida Super Lawyers
07.02.14 96 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named 2014 Florida Super Lawyers
09.19.13 Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Patricia A. Leonard Appointed to The American Academy of Medical Entrepreneurs Editorial Advisory Board
08.15.13 12 Attorneys in West Palm Beach and 7 Attorneys in Boca Raton from Greenberg Traurig Named Among 'Best Lawyers in America' 2014


07.24.12 Eleventh Circuit Holds That Private Arbitral Tribunals Fall Within Section 1782's Purview
02.06.12 Southern District of Florida Holds Morrison v. Nat'l Australia Bank Not Limited to Exchange Act, Also Bars RICO Claims (Also at Boca Raton Office)

Reported CasesSignificant Representations: Aceto Corporation v. TherapeuticsMD, Inc., et al., 2013 WL 3761073 (S.D. Fla. July 17, 2013).; Foley v. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC, 2013 WL 795108 (S.D. Fla. March 4, 2013), affirmed, 2014 WL 2069488 (11th Cir. 2014), cert. denied, 2014 WL 4094868 (U.S. Sup. Ct. Nov. 3, 2014).; Federal Trade Commission v. Garden of Life, Inc., et al., 2012 WL 1898607 (S.D. Fla. May 25, 2012).; Nathan v. Morgan Stanley Renewable Development Fund, LLC, et al., 2012 WL 1886440 (N.D. Ill. May 22, 2012).; Federal Trade Commission. v. Garden of Life, Inc ., 845 F.Supp.2d 1328 (S.D.Fla. Feb. 28, 2012.); Sorota v. Sosa, 842 F.Supp.2d 1345 (S.D. Fla. Jan. 31, 2012).; Barbara A. Fach, et al. v. Brown Brothers Harriman Trust Co. of Fla ., 949 So.2d 260 (Fla. 4th DCA Feb. 7, 2007).; McKerns v. WCI Communities, Inc., 2006 WL 1010505 (Fla. Cir. Ct. Apr. 6, 2006).; Boswell v. Boswell, 2005 WL 1020468 (Fla. Cir. Ct. Apr. 13, 2005).; Hanna v. WCI Communities, Inc ., 348 F.Supp.2d 1332 (S.D. Fla. Dec. 2, 2004).; Hanna v. WCI Communities, Inc ., 348 F.Supp.2d 1322 (S.D. Fla. Nov. 18, 2004).; Tenet Healthcare Corp. v. Maharaj, 859 So.2d 1209 (Fla. 4th DCA 2003).; Anheuser-Busch, Inc. v. Philpot, 317 F.3d 1264 (11th Cir. 2003).; AutoNation USA Corporation v. Jaime Miranda, 789 So.2d 1188 (Fla. 4th DCA 2001).; Vivian Brooks v. Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Florida Inc ., 706 So.2d 85 (Fla. 4th DCA 1998).; Somerset Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Donna Shalala, 973 F.Supp. 443 (D. Del. 1997).; The above matters were handled by Patricia prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig.

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Patricia A. Leonard

777 South Flagler Drive, Suite 300 East
West Palm BeachFL 33401


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