James D. Leonard is the firm’s Administrative Partner, Chief Financial Officer and a member of its Management Committee, and supervises the day-to-day operations of the Tax Certiorari and Condemnation Practice Group. He previously served as the firm’s controller for 15 years before obtaining his law degree.
James’ vast professional experience and his Master of Laws in Taxation make him an ideal adviser to the firm’s tax clients. He is focused on providing effective, real-world solutions to the problems facing individuals and all manner of businesses.
Prior to joining Jaspan Schlesinger LLP, James was the controller of a national chain of upscale Italian restaurants for eight years, where he managed all aspects of the restaurants’ operations. In 1992, he was the Republican and Conservative party nominee for State Senate in Kings County, where he also served as the 1st vice president for the 55th Assembly District Republican Club of Kings County.