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Mr. Leavitt is an esteemed trial and appellate practitioner. He has litigated a number of high profile trials and appeals in both federal and state courts.
Before becoming a partner in the firm, he served as a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County and as a Justice on the Illinois Appellate Court. This followed 20 years in a successful private practice. The Chicago Bar Association remarked when evaluating him that "he enjoys impeccable credentials" and the Chicago Council of Lawyers stated that he has "outstanding legal ability, an excellent temperament and is hard working." Rating him highly qualified to serve in the judiciary. Not only has Mr. Leavitt tried hundreds of cases as a lawyer, he presided over thousands of matters as a judge and has authored opinion in almost every area of law while a justice of the Appellate Court.
Grund & Leavitt is one of the preeminent law firms in Chicago and concentrates its practice in the areas of family law and appellate practice. Our attorneys are highly skilled in negotiation and settlement strategy. They are also experienced litigators in all aspects of matrimonial law, including asset identification, business valuation, child custody contests and appellate practice. Mr. Leavitt also has extensive experience as a criminal defense attorney and has tried approximately 25 murder cases, as well as numerous felonies and misdemeanors.
Notable Cases and Results:
Hoffman Estates v. Flipside Records, 7th Circuit and Supreme Court of the United States - Key decision involving void for vagueness finding in state statutes
People v. Rege, Supreme Court of Illinois - Conviction overturned for prosecutor misinforming the court on sentencing penalty
People v. Honn, Hunt, Kelly & Vance, Appellate Court of Illinois - Convictions reversed and judge found to have predilection against drug offenders
In re marriage of Tetzlaff, Appellate Court of Illinois
One of the lengthiest most contentious family law cases tried in the history of the Cook County court system involving custody, and identification of property within the marital estate - what property constitutes a marital estate?
Bar Admissions: State of Illinois, 1976
Year of Birth: 1949
Additional languages spoken: Yiddish
Law School: Chicago Kent College of Law, J.D.
Undergraduate School: Northern Illinois University
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Illinois Judges Association; Appellate Lawyers Association; Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys; Declaogue Society (former board member); Chicago Bar Association (member and committee member); Illinois Bar Association
Mr. Leavitt and his wife, Susan Karkomi, are involved with a number of charitable organizations.
Published Legal Writing:
Various articles and legal opinions while serving as a Justice for the Illinois Appellate Court
Mr. Leavitt served as a member of the guest faculty for the University of Chicago Intensive Trial Advocacy Program and was a participant/lecturer in numerous legal workshops, seminars and forums, and served as a judge for numerous moot court competitions and trial advocacy classes.
Our firm is composed of highly skilled and knowledgeable lawyers who have engaged in many of the most notable cases tried in Illinois and other jurisdictions. The firm's lawyers have considerable experience handling issues from the trial and appeal of custody disputes to complex business valuation contests. Grund & Leavitt's clients include many well known Chicago society figures, business individuals and those in the professions. It is not surprising that other lawyers and judges have engaged the law firm when forced to grapple with their own personal situations.
While our firm is known for its zealous advocacy, we seek to ease what is often a difficult situation and assure that a just result is obtained. Additionally, complete discretion, and maintaining the client's personal dignity, is always a primary goal. In short, Grund & Leavitt is a select firm able to provide its clients with a true sense of security as they work through significant and substantial life issues.
Practice Group Description:
Mr. Leavitt works directly in the research and preparation of legal briefs and arguments with the firm's team of appellate lawyers including Margarita T. Kulys, former clerk to Justice William Clark, Illinois Appellate Court; David C. Adams, former clerk to Justice John Tully, Illinois Appellate Court and Andrew Schultz, former clerk to Justice Margaret Stanton Mc Bride, Illinois Appellate Court.
Family: Married to Susan Karkomi.
Additional Office Locations:
600 Central Avenue, Suite 248
Highland Park, Illinois 60035
Ph. (312) 640-0500
Fx. (847) 681-1295
700 Commerce Drive, Suite 500
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523
Street parking is available as well as a public parking lot located directly across the street.