Mr. Leynaud has been advocating the rights of the injured and representing families in the Illinois Valley and surrounding counties for more than 34 years. He practices in personal injury; wrongful death; mediation; uninsured and underinsured motorists; workers' compensation; criminal felony; DUI; traffic; real estate; business litigation; insurance; and medical malpractice.
Mr. Leynaud has served twice as the chair of the ISBA Insurance Law Section Council and the chair of the Tort Section Council. He is a frequent speaker and published author of numerous CLE programs and publications pertaining to personal injury trial practice and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
Areas of Practice Wrongful Death Personal Injury Premises Liability Worker's Compensation Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists Medical Malpractice Insurance Criminal Felony DUI Traffic Business Litigation Real Estate Zoning Law Land Use Divorce
Litigation Percentage 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Certified Legal Specialties Mediation Training Program, Pepperdine University School of Law, Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, 2005
Bar Admissions Illinois, 1983 U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1983 U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1983 U.S. Federal Courts, 1987 U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1983
Education Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan J.D. - 1983 Marquette University; Bradley University B.S., Administration of Criminal Justice - 1980
Published Works Criminal Justice Newsletter of the ISBA, Vol. 52, No. 5, Case Summaries , May, 2009 Understanding Uninsured Motorist Coverage, ISBA Journal, Vol. 97, No. 3, March, 2009 So You Want To Be A Personal Injury Lawyer?, ISBA Journal, Vol. 96, No. 10, October, 2008 Duty to Defend- No Separate Bodily Injury, The Policy, Illinois State Bar Association, Vol. 50, No. 4 , May, 2006 Is an Excluded Driver Really Excluded?, Tort Trends, Illinois State Bar Association, Vol. 38, No. 2, December , 2002
Representative Cases People v. Finley, 568 N.E.2d 412 (Ill.App. 3 Dist. 1991) In re Marriage of Hall, 663 N.E.2d 430 (Ill.App. 3 Dist. 1996) Largest recovery obtained ($1.15 million) for loss of society damages for single person with no dependents under Wrongful Death Act (Circuit Court of Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Bureau County)
References Midland Bank, Peru Peru Federal Savings and Loan First State Bank, Peru
Classes/Seminars "Housing Law", Illinois Association of Housing Authorities Coordinator, Moderator, Lecturer: "Back to Basics: Tort Law," "Distribution/Settlement" , ISBA Law Ed Series, January 2010 "Law of Experts" Expert Witnesses - A Primer, ISBA Law Ed Series, October 2008 "Uninsured and Underinsured" Tort Law Nuts and Bolts, ISBA Law Ed Series, February, 2008 Coordinator, Moderator, and Lecturer: "The Necessary Basics, Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Coverage," "Arbitration of Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims", ISBA Law Ed Series, June 2007 Coordinator, Moderator, and Lecturer: "Tort Law, Back to the Basics" , ISBA Law Ed Series, February 2007 Coordinator and Moderator: "Insurance Law: Everything You Want to Know and Should Ask", ISBA Law Ed Series, October and November 2006 "Hot Topics in Tort" and "Insurance Coverage Issues", ISBA Law Ed Series, May 2006 "Anatomy of an Automobile Case" and "Defense of Complicity" , ISBA Law Ed Series, May 2004 "Void Provisions of Insurance Policies" , ISBA Law Ed Series, June 2003
Honors and Awards Who's Who in American Law, 1991 America's Leading Lawyers, 1993, 1993 Chicago Lawyer, October 2009, "Top Lawyers in Illinois- Personal Injury Plaintiff Lawyers" Chicago Lawyer, October 2009, "Top Lawyers in Illinois- Workers' Compensation Lawyers" Martindale-Hubbell "Distinguished" Peer Review Rating Leading Lawyers Network Member selected by peers in Criminal Defense Law: DUI, Criminal Defense Law: Felonies & Misdemeanors, Personal Injury Law: General, and Workers' Compensation Law, 2011 - Present
Professional Associations and Memberships Illinois State Bar Association , Capital Counsel Team, Grass Roots Lobbying, Mentor Program Illinois State Bar Association - Insurance Law Section, Secretary (2004-2005), Chair, Section Council (2005-2006), (2015-2016), Ex-Officio (2006-2007), (2016-2017) Illinois State Bar Association - Tort Law Section, Secretary (2007-2008), Vice-Chair (2008-2009), Chair (2009-2010), Current Member 13th Judicial Circuit, Assembly (2001-2007), Election Committee (2004) American Bar Association Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Illinois Bar Foundation, Silver Fellow LaSalle County, Secretary-Treasurer (1984-1986), President-Elect (1986-1987), President (1987-1988), Secretary (1995) District 120, LaSalle-Peru Township High School, Vice President, Board of Education (1995-1997)