Leo Leyva is co-chair of the Litigation and Real Estate Departments, as well as the Real Estate Special Opportunities Group. Described by sources as a “trusted adviser and advocate” and “focused and loyal purveyor of sage legal advice” by Chambers USA (2014 and 2012 editions), Leo has an expansive litigation practice with a concentration on high-profile real estate litigation, complex commercial litigation and corporate reorganization. He also focuses on real estate and construction-related services. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. See Award Methodology.
Leo regularly represents a wide array of clients in all aspects of real estate litigation; corporate dissolution and shareholder disputes/oppression actions; contract claims; distressed portfolio and asset sales; distressed commercial loan workouts and restructurings; construction performance and payment disputes; director and officer liability matters; and creditors’ rights and insolvency. According to Benchmark Litigation, clients regard him as a “unique attorney, who possesses a keen business sense along with best-in-class legal advice.”
Recognized as a “Local Litigation Star” in New York and New Jersey by Benchmark Litigation, Leo also represents private equity, hedge and real estate opportunity funds; national lending institutions; bridge and convenience lenders; property owners and developers in connection with the acquisition and sale of distressed properties and debt, joint ventures, commercial real estate litigation, project development, asset disposition, foreclosures, and bankruptcy-related workouts and restructuring. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. See Award Methodology.
Since joining the firm in 1989, Leo has played a leading role in the following recent notable matters:
Leo is regularly lauded for high quality work in media outlets and has been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for his “outstanding legal strategy and implementation.” Leo has also been featured in New York Metro Super Lawyers, New Jersey Super Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in America. He was named “Lawyer of the Year” in 2022, 2015 & 2013 by Best Lawyers Hackensack in the category of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. He was also selected as a 2017 AV Preeminent® Top Rated Lawyer, a 2014 AV Preeminent® Top Rated Lawyer in Appellate Law and Commercial Litigation, and a 2013 AV Preeminent® Top Rated Lawyer in Real Estate Law through Martindale-Hubble. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business cited Leo for "outstanding legal strategy and implementation." No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. See Award Methodology.
In addition to his appointment to the New Jersey Council of Economic Advisors by Senate Minority Leader Thomas H. Kean, Jr., Leo is actively involved in a host of professional organizations, including the New York and New Jersey Federal Bar Association, the New York and New Jersey State Bar Association (Debtor/Creditor Section), the Bergen County Bar Association (Debtor/Creditor Section) and the Construction Lawyers Society of America.
Leo received his B.A. from Seton Hall University and his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law, where he served as the business editor of the Rutgers Law Review. After law school, he served as law secretary to the Hon. Arthur J. Lesemann, Chancery Division, Superior Court of New Jersey.
Rutgers Law School- Newark, J.D., 1988; Rutgers Law Review, Editor
Seton Hall University, B.A., 1985
August 16, 2021
As published in: Commercial Observer March 12. 2021
As published in: Real Estate Weekly December 15, 2020
March 17, 2020Samuel Weiner, Richard W. Abramson, Gary M. Albrecht, Michael D. Sirota, Jordan A. Fisch, Jennifer L. Horowitz, Steven R. Klein, Randi W. Kochman, Leo V. Leyva, Norman L. Pernick, David A. Rubenstein, Jeffrey H. Schechter and Warren A. Usatine
March 4, 2020Jennifer L. Horowitz, Leo V. Leyva, Marc P. Press, Jeffrey H. Schechter and Philip R. Hirschfeld
GlobeSt December 9, 2019Leo V. Leyva, Rab N. Nalavala and Jennifer Y. Chung
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