Leonard C. Leicht

Co-Chair, Trucking & Transportation Practice Group
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Leonard concentrates his practice in defending significant commercial motor vehicle, personal injury, employment, civil rights and professional liability matters. He has tried numerous cases to verdict in the state and federal courts and is recognized by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney.

In addition, Leonard has handled precedent-setting appellate matters before the Supreme Court and Appellate Division of New Jersey, including the Johnson v. Braddy Trucking matter. He has also successfully argued appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Leonard also regularly represents clients in administrative, disciplinary and labor hearings. At the request of his colleagues, he also serves as a mediator and arbitrator.

Named among The Best Lawyers in America© for Transportation Law, Leonard has also been recognized as a Top 100 Super Lawyer in New Jersey five times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Significant Representative Matters

Spigai v. Live Nation Worldwide, Inc., No. A-4242-16T4, 2019 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 81 (App. Div. Jan. 11, 2019)

Department of Cmty. Affairs v. Hansen House, LLC, 2017 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2190 (App. Div. 2017)

Somers v. Home Props. Regency Club, LLC, 2011 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2375 (App. Div. 2011), certif. denied, 209 N.J. 98 (2012)

Dique v. NJ State Police, 603 F.3d 181 (3d Cir. 2010)

Nevins v. Muldoon, 2008 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1413 (App. Div.), certif. denied, 197 N.J. 13 (2008)

Curley v. Klem, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8606 (D.N.J. 2006), aff’d, 499 F.3d 199 (3d. Cir. 2007)

Johnson v. Braddy Trucking, 376 N.J. Super. 215, 890 A.2d 944 (App. Div. 2005), aff’d, 186 N.J. 40, 869 A.2d 964 (2006)

Obtained Summary Judgment for a national concert promoter and public entity venue owner. Plaintiff purchased outdoor lawn seats for a concert at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. After the show started it began to rain and plaintiff alleged the lawn area became slippery, wet and muddy. Plaintiff attempted to walk down the sloped lawn area towards the stage to buy her husband a beer. While doing so her foot got stuck in mud which formed with the rain and she suffered a severe ankle fracture which was surgically repaired.  The trial Judge dismissed the case on Summary Judgment and found plaintiff’s expert’s report to be unsupported. The court reasoned plaintiff could not present a claim of liability against the operator for failing to prevent the outdoor grass seating area from becoming wet and slippery when it rained. He also reasoned plaintiff could not prove the property was in a dangerous condition as defined by the New Jersey Tort Claims Act. We believe this decision will be helpful in defending other cases at the same venue involving similar facts.

Obtained a summary judgment for a nail salon owner against negligence and product liability claims by a plaintiff who slipped and fell off-site while still wearing pedicure slippers. Plaintiff had received a pedicure at our client’s nail salon.  When she left the premises, she continued to wear the disposable pedicure slippers.  Plaintiff then walked in the rain and eventually slipped and fell upon entering a retail store. Plaintiff brought general negligence and product liability claims against the nail salon’s owner.  At the conclusion of discovery, the Court granted our motion for summary judgment based on plaintiff’s admission that there was nothing wrong with the slippers and the failure of plaintiff to provide expert opinion as to the existence of any defect in the slippers.

Obtained a summary judgment for a national trucking company in a lawsuit filed in Middlesex County, New Jersey, arising from a multi vehicle trucking accident on the New Jersey Turnpike in which a young girl was killed and her mother seriously injured. In addition to being granted Summary Judgment, we recovered for our client all of its property damage, towing, and related costs from the other vehicles involved in the accident.  A consolidated case filed by the County of Middlesex in which they sought to recover cleanup and environmental costs associated with the accident was also dismissed, with prejudice.

Classes/ Seminars Taught

Rules of the Trucking Industry: Staying on Track!, Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA) Annual Conference - Virtual, June 24th, 2021

Do Not Be a Victim - Lessons Learned from the Pilot Flying J Rebate Scheme – Transportation and Logistics Council Annual Meeting, 2014

Distinguishing Between Lease and Sub-Hauler Agreements – How to Minimize Carrier Liability – Transportation and Logistics Council Annual Meeting, 2012

Admissions
New Jersey
U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
Supreme Court of the United States
Education
Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, NJ (J.D., 1986)
Rutgers University (B.A., 1983)
Honors & awards

The Martindale-Hubbell rated attorney list is issued by Internet Brands, Inc. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

The Best Lawyers in America©, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Transportation Law
2016-present

The Best Lawyers list is issued by Woodward & White. A description of the selection methodology can be found here.No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

New Jersey Super Lawyer List
2005 - 2021 (Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyer, 2009 - 2010 and 2012 - 2014)

The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Associations & memberships
Essex County Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Association
New Jersey Defense Association
Transportation and Logistics Council
Transportation Lawyers Association
Trucking Industry Defense Association
Year joined
2019
Certification/ Specialties

Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, 2004