Jeff represents clients in complex commercial, employment, personal injury and professional liability matters. He defends clients in these matters in the state and federal courts in New Jersey and New York. He has significant experience in defending attorneys, architects, engineers, insurance producers and real estate agents and brokers in malpractice actions. He also has a substantial practice defending business entities and individuals in employment discrimination matters.
In addition, Jeff is an skilled appellate advocate. He has successfully argued matters before the Supreme Court and Appellate Division of New Jersey.
Partner, Morgan Melhuish Abrutyn, 2009-Present
Associate, Morgan Melhuish Abrutyn, 2003-2009
Associate, Genova, Burns & Vernoia, 2001-2003
Associate, Hersch, Ramsey & Berman PC, 2000-2001
Associate, Mattson & Madden, 1995-2000
Associate, Granik Silverman, 1993-1994
US District Court for the District of New Jersey
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
US Supreme Court
JD, Syracuse University College of Law, 1993
BA, University at Albany, 1990
MMA Obtains No Cause on Behalf of State of New Jersey in CEPA/LAD Case After two months of trial, Leonard C. Leicht and Jeffrey S. Leonard obtained a no cause of action verdict on behalf of the State of New Jersey . . . » Read More
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
Co-Author, "New Jersey Appellate Division Holds That A Client Contesting a Law Firm’s Legal Bills By Filing A Legal Malpractice Counterclaim Must Submit An Affidavit Of Merit and Specify the Specific Time Entries They Are Contesting" – American Bar Association Lawyers Professional Liability eAdvisory Newsletter; May 2013;
Co-Author, "United States Supreme Court Determines State Courts May Hear Legal Malpractice Claims Arising From Underlying Patent Litigation Thus Narrowing Jurisdiction Under The Arising Under Doctrine" – American Bar Association Lawyers Professional Liability eAdvisory Newsletter; March 2013
Co-Author, "New Jersey Supreme Court Determines Dates of Exoneration for a Crime in Relation to Accrual of Cause of Action for Legal Malpractice" – American Bar Association Lawyers Professional Liability eAdvisory Newsletter; March 2012
Co-Author, “New Jersey Supreme Court Finds the Puder Doctrine Remains a Limited Equity Based Exception” – American Bar Association Lawyers Professional Liability eAdvisory Newsletter; April 2012
Co-Author, “Trust Accounts Scams Covered Under Legal Malpractice Policy in Nardella Chong, P.A. v. Medmarc Cas. Ins. Co., 642 F. 3d 941 (11th Cir. 2011)” – American Bar Association Lawyers Professional Liability eAdvisory Newsletter; November 2011
Co-Author, “To Impute or Not To Impute: An Historical Analysis of New Jersey's Hardline Stance Against the Application of the Doctrine of Imputation as a Defense for Corporate Auditors” – International Association of Defense Counsel Newsletter; 2006
Co-Author, “The Imputation Doctrine Does Not Bar Innocent Shareholders from Pursuing a Claim Against the Corporate Auditors for Failing to Discover Fraudulent Activities of Corporate Officers” – Client News Letter; 2006
Co-Author, “Practicing Malpractice Avoidance” – New Jersey Lawyer; 2005
Seldon v. Rebenack, Aronow & Mascolo, LLP, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 19624, 2013 WL 5346485 (3d Cir. 2013).
Struss v. Poe & Freireich, 2011 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2792, 2011 WL 5419742 (App. Div. 2011).
Liberty Travel, Inc. v. Friedman & Siegelbaum, LLP, 2010 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1558, 2010 WL 4054259 (App. Div. 2010).
Perna v. Williams, 2010 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1335, 2010 WL 4116981 (App. Div. 2010).
Rieger v. Van Aulen, 2010 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1100, 2010 WL 2010746 (App. Div. 2010).
Reichenbach v. Lourdes Med. Ctr. of Burlington Cty., 2009 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 3148, 2009 WL 5062332 (App. Div. 2009).
Polzo v. County of Essex , 196 N.J. 569, 960 A. 2d 375 (2008).
Ferraro v. 347 Park Ave., LLC, 2008 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1649, 2008 WL 2841162 (App. Div. 2008).
Lopez v. Vespa, 2008 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1021, 2008 WL 2491984 (App. Div. 2008).
Stoeckel v. Township of Knowlton , 385 N.J. Super. 267, 902 A. 2d 930 (App. Div.), certif. denied, 188 N.J. 489, 909 A. 2d 724 (2006).
Aime v. Lobrace, 2005 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 156, 2005 WL 3439925 (App. Div. 2005).
In re Dreyer, 356 N.J. Super. 159, 811 A. 2d 935 (App. Div. 2002).
Troise v. Extel Communs., Inc., 174 N.J. 375, 808 A. 2d 96 (2002).