Patricia A. Leonard is a partner in the West Palm Beach office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she is a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group.
A Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney, Patti has been named among the Best Lawyers in America® in commercial litigation and has been listed in Florida Super Lawyers Magazine as one of the “Top 50 Women Lawyers in Florida.” In 2012, she received the “Leaders in the Law” award from the Florida Association for Women Lawyers for her legal and volunteer service.
Patti has a diverse business and commercial litigation practice, representing businesses in their contractual disputes, 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.
Patti has held numerous leadership positions in the West Palm Beach community. She served on the executive cabinet of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign, which raises awareness about heart disease in women. She also served as a commissioner of the Fourth District Court Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission, serves on The Florida Bar’s Client Security Fund, and currently chairs a Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee. She’s also active in the University of Virginia Alumni Club of the Palm Beaches’s executive committee, having previously served as the Club’s president.
Patti is a published author and a frequent speaker on various legal issues.
While in law school, Patti was a member of the moot court board and served as Senior Articles Editor for the University of Miami Law Review. Prior to joining Shutts, Patti practiced business and commercial litigation for a large, international law firm.