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JenLeonardi

Partner

"It's a privilege to come to work and advocate for my clients, who count on me to deliver Barclay Damon's signature professionalism and experience."

Overview

Biography

Jen concentrates her practice on defending individuals and companies against claims in environmental-exposure litigation, products liability, workers’ compensation, and general negligence.

Jen actively defends asbestos and lead-paint claims, representing manufacturers, suppliers, contractors, and site owners in all NYS courts and in the US District Court for the Western District of New York. She routinely conducts lead examination for defendants at depositions in asbestos-related lawsuits, coordinates with asbestos and lead-paint experts, and has successfully argued motions for summary judgment and negotiated numerous settlements and voluntary dismissals.

From pre-suit discovery through trial and resolution, Jen has extensive experience handling all aspects of litigated matters, and is also skilled in negotiating settlements, when appropriate.

In addition to her own practice, Jen serves as a member of the firm's Diversity Partner Committee.

Bar Associations

  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Association of New York State

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Barclay Damon’s Women’s Forum
Experience

Representative Experience

  • Defended a property owner at trial in lead-paint action.
  • Awarded  summary judgment on behalf of various clients, including equipment manufacturers, suppliers, and contractors in asbestos claims. Motions were decided on various grounds, including lack of product identification, statute of limitations, and the second injury rule, among others.
  • Negotiated numerous voluntary dismissals for various clients in asbestos-related actions.
  • Coordinates with various experts in asbestos and lead-paint-related claims to defend actions at trial and/or negotiate settlements when appropriate.
  • Acts as defense liaison counsel in various asbestos cases throughout the Seventh and Eight Judicial Districts. This involves close contact with the courts and co-defendants relative to selection of trial dates and defense needs as the litigation progresses.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a roofing manufacturer in a living mesothelioma case with only two viable defendants and a settlement demand of over $1 million, saving the client the cost of trial and a potentially large adverse verdict.

Prior Experience

  • Damon Morey LLP, Partner
  • Gibson, McAskill & Crosby LLP, Law Clerk
  • Gielowski, Federice & Caligiuri, LLP, Associate

Selected Community Activities

  • Daemen College Paralegal Studies Program, Board of Directors Member
  • Special Olympics, Volunteer
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Volunteer

Selected Honors

  • Selected to Super Lawyers Upstate New York Rising Stars: Civil Litigation—Defense, 2013-2017, 2019
Knowledge

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • American Conference Institute 23rd National Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation, “The Science and Theories of Liability Behind ‘Each and Every’, ‘Single Fiber’, and ‘Cumulative” Exposure’”

Selected Publications & Media

  • Villanova Environmental Law Journal, “It’s Still Here! The Continuing Battle Over Asbestos in America”

Selected Alerts & Blog Posts

Featured Media

Alerts

Liability for a Motor Vehicle Accident Requires More Than a NY V&T Violation

Alerts

Is Telehealth Here to Stay?

Alerts

COVID-19: Congress Passes Legislation to Extend PPP Application Deadline

Alerts

NYS Court of Appeals Holds FERC Certificate of Public Convenience Exempts Pipeline Company From Eminent Domain Public Notice, Hearing Requirements Despite Water-Quality Certification Denial

Alerts

COVID-19: Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Orders Imposing Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in New York State, Blocking COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave to Employees Voluntarily Traveling to High-Risk Areas

Alerts

Caddy Class Action Still in Play With New Retaliation Claim

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