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John Leonard is a shareholder in Anderson Kill's New York, NY office.  He is Co-Chair of Anderson Kill's Financial Services Group and Biometric Liability Practice Group.       

As a policyholder attorney, John has experience obtaining coverage under insurance policies relating to directors and officers liability, business interruption, general liability, environmental liability, health benefits, property damage, asbestos products, and crime losses. He has represented financial service providers, railroads, hospitals, hospitality organizations, consulting firms, municipalities, manufacturers, and retailers.

John has successfully tried, mediated, and settled cases to obtain seven- and eight-figure recoveries for clients across a broad spectrum of insurance coverage matters, including disputes over business interruption losses, D&O and E&O defense and indemnity, general liability losses.  He has also recovered millions of dollars for clients in complex commercial litigation matters, including matters involving breach of contract and environmental liability.

John frequently speaks on topics such as privacy law and regulations, contract negotiation and risk transfer, and insurance considerations for financial institutions.  He has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for Insurance Coverage since 2018, and was recommended by The Legal 500 in 2023.

Speaking Engagements

Litigation After Biometric Privacy Law Violations

HB Litigation Conferences / July 11, 2024

Insurance Risk Management Forum: Third Party Risk Management

American Bankers Association / January 28, 2024

Do You Have Insurance for That Fingerprint?

RIMS Toledo Ohio / November 2, 2023

“Do You Have Insurance Coverage for That Fingerprint? Liability & Insurance Issues Arising Out of Biometrics” – Anderson Kill’s 27th Annual Policyholder Advisor Conference Webinar Series

Anderson Kill / November 29, 2023

A Sword and A Shield: How Existing and Proposed Satutes Protect Biometric Information, and the Effect of These Statutes on Insurance Coverage

Celesq / August 24, 2023

Do You Have Insurance Coverage for That Fingerprint? Liability and Insurance Issues Arising Out of Biometrics

Anderson Kill / July 25, 2023

Contractual Risk Transfer Workshop 2

RIMS New York Chapter / March 9, 2023

Contractual Risk Transfer Workshop 1

RIMS New York Chapter / March 8, 2023

EPLI COVERAGE FOR CLAIMS STEMMING FROM THE CORONAVIRUS

ABA Insurance Risk Management Forum - IRM Virtual Conversational Series / May 5, 2022

ANDERSON KILL PRESENTS “EPLI COVERAGE FOR CLAIMS STEMMING FROM THE CORONAVIRUS”

Anderson Kill / February 17, 2022

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover? Even More to be Hoodwinked by Your TPA

Anderson Kill / September 10, 2020

BIOMETRICS: NO BREACH NEEDED FOR LIABILITY OR INSURANCE COVERAGE

American Bankers Association / January 30, 2023

Publications

What’s The Risk? Contractual and Insurance Considerations for Banks and Financial Institutions

Wall Street Lawyer / July 9, 2024

Review of Cyber Coverage Developments From 2023 — A Policyholder’s Perspective

Westlaw Today / March 1, 2024

Proposed Statue Offers Sword and Shield to Protect Biometric Info

New York Law Journal / May 31, 2023

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES: THE NEW TECHNOLOGY DRIVING THE LITIGATION CONVERSATION

Journal of Emerging Issues in Litigation / March 20, 2023

WHO’S PICKING UP THE TAB: RECOUPMENT FOR CONTAMINATION DAMAGES UNDER NEW YORK NAVIGATION LAW

Law.com / August 24, 2022

7 TIPS FOR GETTING INSURANCE CLAIMS PAID EARLY

Risk Management Magazine (RMM) / February 10, 2022

EPLI COVERAGE FOR CLAIMS STEMMING FROM THE CORONAVIRUS

Law.com / January 10, 2022

PERSPECTIVES: ODE TO COVID-19 COVERAGE LITIGATION: ‘WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN …’

Business Insurance / March 4, 2021

THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS CAUSES LOSS OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

American Bar Association / March 4, 2021

TRANSACTIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE – FACILITATING INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE TRANSACTIONS AND GETTING YOUR CLAIMS PAID

International Bar Association / August 9, 2018

IMPROVING CORPORATE MATCHMAKING: THE RISE OF TRANSACTIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE

Coverage Journal / June 18, 2018

WHEN OIL PRICES DROP, MAKE SURE YOUR INSURANCE TANK IS FULL

Law360 / July 8, 2016

News

Biometric Privacy Litigation and Coverage Disputes with John Leonard and Cort Malone

June 14, 2024

John M. Leonard Named Co-chair of Anderson Kill’s Financial Services Group

April 1, 2024

Super Lawyers Recognizes 16 Anderson Kill Attorneys in 2023

September 25, 2023

John M. Leonard to Co-chair Anderson Kill’s Biometric Liability Group

May 8, 2023

Super Lawyers Recognizes 14 Anderson Kill Attorneys in 2022

October 21, 2022

The Legal 500 2022 Ranks Anderson Kill a Tier 1 Insurance Recovery Practice

June 8, 2022

NYC Property Co. Seeks Insurer’s Defense In Self-Dealing Suit

March 28, 2022

The Supreme Court of Ohio Affirms Finding of Coverage for Liability for Property Damage Involving Incorporation of a Defective Ingredient into an Integrated Product

March 23, 2022

Up Close Interview with John Leonard

January 26, 2022

ANDERSON KILL NAMES JOHN M. LEONARD AND BRUCE STRONG SHAREHOLDERS

December 14, 2021

3 INSURANCE APPEALS TO WATCH AT STATE HIGH COURTS IN MARCH

February 26, 2021

Super Lawyers Recognizes 18 Anderson Kill Attorneys in 2020

October 21, 2020

Super Lawyers Recognizes 20 Anderson Kill Attorneys in 2018

October 10, 2018

Super Lawyers Recognizes 11 Anderson Kill Attorneys

October 6, 2017

Jury Finds Insurers Owe Amtrak $14.3M For Pollution Cleanup

September 28, 2017

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John M. Leonard

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John Leonard is a shareholder in Anderson Kill's New York, NY office.  He is Co-Chair of Anderson Kill's Financial Services Group and Biometric Liability Practice Group.       

As a policyholder attorney, John has experience obtaining coverage under insurance policies relating to directors and officers liability, business interruption, general liability, environmental liability, health benefits, property damage, asbestos products, and crime losses. He has represented financial service providers, railroads, hospitals, hospitality organizations, consulting firms, municipalities, manufacturers, and retailers.

John has successfully tried, mediated, and settled cases to obtain seven- and eight-figure recoveries for clients across a broad spectrum of insurance coverage matters, including disputes over business interruption losses, D&O and E&O defense and indemnity, general liability losses.  He has also recovered millions of dollars for clients in complex commercial litigation matters, including matters involving breach of contract and environmental liability.

John frequently speaks on topics such as privacy law and regulations, contract negotiation and risk transfer, and insurance considerations for financial institutions.  He has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for Insurance Coverage since 2018, and was recommended by The Legal 500 in 2023.

Speaking Engagements

Litigation After Biometric Privacy Law Violations

HB Litigation Conferences / July 11, 2024

Insurance Risk Management Forum: Third Party Risk Management

American Bankers Association / January 28, 2024

Do You Have Insurance for That Fingerprint?

RIMS Toledo Ohio / November 2, 2023

“Do You Have Insurance Coverage for That Fingerprint? Liability & Insurance Issues Arising Out of Biometrics” – Anderson Kill’s 27th Annual Policyholder Advisor Conference Webinar Series

Anderson Kill / October 16, 2023

A Sword and A Shield: How Existing and Proposed Satutes Protect Biometric Information, and the Effect of These Statutes on Insurance Coverage

Celesq / August 24, 2023

Do You Have Insurance Coverage for That Fingerprint? Liability and Insurance Issues Arising Out of Biometrics

Anderson Kill / July 25, 2023

Contractual Risk Transfer Workshop 2

RIMS New York Chapter / March 9, 2023

Contractual Risk Transfer Workshop 1

RIMS New York Chapter / March 8, 2023

EPLI COVERAGE FOR CLAIMS STEMMING FROM THE CORONAVIRUS

ABA Insurance Risk Management Forum - IRM Virtual Conversational Series / May 5, 2022

ANDERSON KILL PRESENTS “EPLI COVERAGE FOR CLAIMS STEMMING FROM THE CORONAVIRUS”

Anderson Kill / February 17, 2022

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover? Even More to be Hoodwinked by Your TPA

Anderson Kill / September 10, 2020

BIOMETRICS: NO BREACH NEEDED FOR LIABILITY OR INSURANCE COVERAGE

American Bankers Association / January 30, 2020

Publications

What’s The Risk? Contractual and Insurance Considerations for Banks and Financial Institutions

Wall Street Lawyer / July 9, 2024

Review of Cyber Coverage Developments From 2023 — A Policyholder’s Perspective

Westlaw Today / March 1, 2024

Proposed Statue Offers Sword and Shield to Protect Biometric Info

New York Law Journal / May 31, 2023

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES: THE NEW TECHNOLOGY DRIVING THE LITIGATION CONVERSATION

Journal of Emerging Issues in Litigation / March 20, 2023

WHO’S PICKING UP THE TAB: RECOUPMENT FOR CONTAMINATION DAMAGES UNDER NEW YORK NAVIGATION LAW

Law.com / August 24, 2022

7 TIPS FOR GETTING INSURANCE CLAIMS PAID EARLY

Risk Management Magazine (RMM) / February 10, 2022

EPLI COVERAGE FOR CLAIMS STEMMING FROM THE CORONAVIRUS

Law.com / January 10, 2022

PERSPECTIVES: ODE TO COVID-19 COVERAGE LITIGATION: ‘WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN …’

Business Insurance / March 4, 2021

THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS CAUSES LOSS OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

American Bar Association / March 4, 2021

TRANSACTIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE – FACILITATING INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE TRANSACTIONS AND GETTING YOUR CLAIMS PAID

International Bar Association / August 9, 2018

IMPROVING CORPORATE MATCHMAKING: THE RISE OF TRANSACTIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE

Coverage Journal / June 18, 2018

WHEN OIL PRICES DROP, MAKE SURE YOUR INSURANCE TANK IS FULL

Law360 / July 8, 2016

News

Biometric Privacy Litigation and Coverage Disputes with John Leonard and Cort Malone

June 14, 2024

John M. Leonard Named Co-chair of Anderson Kill’s Financial Services Group

April 1, 2024

Super Lawyers Recognizes 16 Anderson Kill Attorneys in 2023

September 25, 2023

John M. Leonard to Co-chair Anderson Kill’s Biometric Liability Group

May 8, 2023

Super Lawyers Recognizes 14 Anderson Kill Attorneys in 2022

October 21, 2022

The Legal 500 2022 Ranks Anderson Kill a Tier 1 Insurance Recovery Practice

June 8, 2022

NYC Property Co. Seeks Insurer’s Defense In Self-Dealing Suit

March 28, 2022

The Supreme Court of Ohio Affirms Finding of Coverage for Liability for Property Damage Involving Incorporation of a Defective Ingredient into an Integrated Product

March 23, 2022

Up Close Interview with John Leonard

January 26, 2022

ANDERSON KILL NAMES JOHN M. LEONARD AND BRUCE STRONG SHAREHOLDERS

December 14, 2021

3 INSURANCE APPEALS TO WATCH AT STATE HIGH COURTS IN MARCH

February 26, 2021

Super Lawyers Recognizes 18 Anderson Kill Attorneys in 2020

October 21, 2020

Super Lawyers Recognizes 20 Anderson Kill Attorneys in 2018

October 10, 2018

Super Lawyers Recognizes 11 Anderson Kill Attorneys

October 6, 2017

Jury Finds Insurers Owe Amtrak $14.3M For Pollution Cleanup

September 28, 2017

Awards & Honors
  • Super Lawyers: Rising Stars (Insurance Coverage) since 2018
Education
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
  • Loyola University Maryland, B.A.
Bar Admissions
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
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