Brian K. Leonard focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment law and tax law. Mr. Leonard practiced law for several years first in private practice and then as a local government attorney. His practice experience includes representing employers in state and federal court, before the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in Appeals under the N.C. Unemployment Security Commission.
He is also an Adjunct Professor of Business Law at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and his research has been published in the Journal of Employment and Labor Law, the West Virginia Law Review, and by IGI Global. He has presented his research at West Virginia College of Law and Duke University School of Law. He has also developed a Continuing Legal Education Course on Employment Discrimination Law that has been approved for credit by the N.C. Board of Continuing Legal Education. In addition, he has written an ebook entitled: Entrepreneur’s Simple Guide to Employment Discrimination, which will soon be published. He is also in the process of developing programs on employment law which, upon approval, are to be used for continuing education credit by human resources professionals.
He received his Juris Doctor degree (Cum Laude) from the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, where he was selected as a member of the Curia Honoris Honor Society. While at Cumberland School of Law, he received the Balch & Bingham/Harold A. Bowron Labor & Employment Law Award for outstanding interest and ability in the area of labor and employment law. He later earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in Taxation Law from the University of Alabama School of Law.
He is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and North Carolina, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.