Thomas A. Leonard
Firm Chairman
Chairman, Litigation Department
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Phone: 215-665-3220
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Thomas A. Leonard is Chairman of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP. He is also a partner, Chairman of the Litigation Department and a permanent member of the firm’s Management Committee.

Mr. Leonard has comprehensive experience in business and complex commercial litigation. His law practice concentrates in the areas of antitrust, construction litigation, mergers and acquisitions, commercial, administrative and regulatory issues, environmental matters and health care representation. He also has an extensive appellate practice.

Mr. Leonard currently serves as Chairman of the Delaware Valley Real Estate Investment Fund, Permalith Plastics, Crowley Chemical and Hahnemann Hospital. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Independence Blue Cross, U.S. Facilities, The World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia and PRWT. From 1993-98, he served on the Board of Directors for the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae).

He currently is Chairman of The Casey for Senate Committee. He has also served as the Pennsylvania Finance Chairman for President Clinton and as Vice Chairman, Finance, for the Democratic National Committee. He was also Chairman of the Pennsylvania Finance Committee for the Democratic National Committee and chairman of the Ed Rendell for Mayor campaign and a member of the Finance Committee of the Ed Rendell for Governor campaign. He was a delegate to the National Democratic Conventions in 1976, 1980, 1992 and 1996. He was Vice Chairman of the Philadelphia Gas Commission from 1979-83.

He served as Chairman of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He is a previous delegate to the House of Delegates, Pennsylvania Bar Association, and formerly served on the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association. He is President of the Board of Advisors of Roman Catholic High School and serves on the Board of Directors of the Irish American Partnership.

Prior to joining Obermayer in 1992, Mr. Leonard was a partner and co-chairman of the Litigation Department at Dilworth, Paxson, Kalish & Kauffman and a permanent member of the Firm Executive Committee. From 1979-83, he served as the Controller for the City of Philadelphia.

Honors

  • Named a Lifetime Achiever in Marquis Who’s Who

  • Greater Philadelphia Area Leadership Award (2013)

  • Learned Hand Award from the American Jewish Committee (2010)

  • Listed in Who’s Who in the World 1993 to Present
  • “Best Attorney” Lifetime Charter Member, Rue Ratings “Best Attorneys of America”

  • Top 1%, The American Registry “America’s Most Honored Professionals”

  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell

  • Pennsylvania’s “Super Lawyers” as listed in both the Philadelphia magazine (June editions) and Thomson Reuters, Legal magazine, “Pennsylvania Super Lawyers” (2004-2017)

Professional Activities

  • Chairman, Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1996 - 1997
  • Vice Chairman, Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1995 - 1996
  • Member, Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1991 - present
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Board of Governors, Philadelphia Bar Association 1979-1982
  • Delegate, House of Delegates, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1979-1982
  • Chairman, Community Activization Committee, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1981-1982

Civic Activities

  • Chairman, Board of Governors, Hahnemann University Hospital 2008 to Present
  • Vice Chairman, Board of Governors, Hahnemann University Hospital 2007-2008
  • Board of Governors, Hahnemann University Hospital 2002 to 2006
  • Board of Trustees, MCP Hahnemann University Medical School 1998 to 2002
  • Board of Directors, CORA Services, Inc. 1998 to 2004
  • Board of Directors, World Affairs Council 1997 to 2005
  • Board of Directors, The World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia 2003 to Present
  • Chairman, PA Finance Committee "Clinton for President" 1992 to 2000
  • Vice Chairman, Finance, Democratic National Committee 1993 to 2000
  • Managing Trustee, Democratic National Committee 1992 to 2000
  • Chairman, PA Finance Committee, Democratic National Committee; 1993 to 2000
  • Chairman and Treasurer, Casey for Senate Committee 2006 to Present
  • Co-Chairman, Rendell for Mayor 1991 and 1995
  • Member, Finance Committee, Rendell for Governor 2002 to Present
  • Member, Democratic National Committee 1976-1983
  • Delegate, Democratic National Convention 1976, 1980, 1992 and 1996
  • Member, Philadelphia Orchestra Council and Development Committee 1981-1986
  • Member, Merit Selection Committee for Eastern District of PA. 2000 to Present
  • Founding Member and Director, Academy of Sciences Philadelphia 1981-1985
  • Board of Directors, Asian Studies Foundation 1983 to 1995
  • Treasurer and Board of Directors, Haifa University Philadelphia Chapter 1982-1986
  • Member, Urban Coalition Task Force on Education 1987 to 1994
  • Trustee, Estate of Thomas Cahill 1996 to Present
  • President, Board of Advisors, Roman Catholic High School 2007 to Present Member, Board of Advisors, Roman Catholic High School 1978 to 2007
  • Register of Wills, City of Philadelphia 1976-1979
  • President, Pennsylvania Chapter Irish American Partnership and Member of National Board of Directors 1989 to Present

Corporate Activities

  • Chairman, Delaware Valley Real Estate Investment Fund, Inc. 1998 to Present
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Permalith Plastics 2001 to Present
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Crowley Chemical 2007 to Present
  • Board of Directors, Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) 1993 to 1998
  • Board of Directors, Independence Blue Cross 1994 to Present
  • Board of Directors, PRWT Services, Inc. 2008 to Present
  • Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Business Bank 2000 to 2008
  • Board of Directors, U.S. Facilities, Inc. 2000 to Present
  • Board of Directors, TelAmerica, LLC 2001 to 2008
  • Board of Directors, Select-A-Branch ATM Network, LLC 2007 to Present  
  • Vice Chairman, Philadelphia Gas Commission 1979-1983
  • Board of Directors, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation 1975 - 1980; Member, Sinking Fund Commission City of Philadelphia 1979-1983

Publications

  • Amran's Pennsylvania Practice Member, Seventh Editorial Board
  • Various Articles for Legal Publications

Military

  • Captain, United States Army (Infantry), Honorable Discharge

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