Thomas J. Leonard

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Jay, as he is called, joined the firm in January 2011.  He is a trusted attorney with extensive legal and business experience in New Hampshire real estate development and broad experience advising closely held businesses – with a particularly strong understanding of the issues commonly faced by family-owned entities.

Jay has successfully led and coordinated legal and regulatory aspects of industrial, commercial, and residential real estate developments.  These necessarily involved resolving complex real estate regulatory matters such as land use, water source, wetland, and sewage disposal permitting.  His experience including drafting documents for complex real estate developments, creating easements, covenants, and restrictions to establish and protect the different rights and interests in dynamic planned developments.

Jay’s experience includes counseling closely held businesses regarding entity formation and structuring, resolving matters of governance and succession for family-owned entities, and successfully crafting tax-free corporate reorganizations and restructurings to enable smooth transitions in ownership and management.  He has provided practical direction and counsel to small business on a wide range of legal issues involving state taxes, governmental relations, commercial contracts, bank financing, and human resources. 

Because he has specific experience operating and dealing with closely held businesses, Jay has a keen understanding of value in a going concern.  He has used his business experiences in creative ways, crafting solutions in buy-sell agreements, dissolutions, and other business value disputes.

Jay is admitted to practice in New Hampshire and before the United States District Court of New Hampshire.  Jay’s present role with the firm is as an advisor to firm colleagues and their clients on matters within his experience.

Jay graduated from Dartmouth College and received his J.D. from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center). He is a past Director, Executive Committee Member of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua New Hampshire. Presently, he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pennichuck Corporation and its subsidiaries, a business group which supplies water and other services to more than 60 communities in New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts.

On a personal level Jay and his wife, Joan, raised their three children in Hollis, NH and now enjoy time with their adult children and their families. 


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