Anne Leonard is a shareholder in the Commercial Litigation and Appellate practice groups, and represents businesses and individuals in state and federal court on a variety of business issues, including contract disputes, business torts, trade secrets, shareholder disputes, and defense of ERISA disability claims. Anne also represents landlords in premises liability and commercial lease disputes. Anne handles all phases of litigation, including appeals.
Anne clerked for the Honorable Anne C. Conway, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, prior to joining the firm.
General Commercial Litigation
- Represented an international investment services company in a federal lawsuit involving trade secrets and breach of fiduciary duty claims.
- Defended an employer against claims of breach of contract brought by former employee.
- Defended a former employee of a domestic regional airline against claims of trade secret misappropriation.
- Represented employer against claims of discrimination by former employee.
- Defended action against former employee of an international company in suit for misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, and breach of non-compete.
- Represented commercial music services provider in federal lawsuit involving claims of intentional interference, false representations, trade secrets, and conspiracy; obtained favorable settlement for client, which included a full release of all claims.
- Represented financial services company in defending ERISA disability claims.
Commercial Landlord/Tenant and Premises Liability Litigation
- Represented a national shopping center owner in numerous commercial eviction matters.
- Represented a national restaurant chain in premises liability and personal injury matters.
- Represented commercial property owners in connection with landlord/tenant and breach of contract disputes.
- Defended a national retail store from claims of violations of the American with Disabilities Act.
- Secured affirmance from the Eleventh Circuit of trial court judgment in favor of Grammy Award winning music group in a trademark ownership trial regarding ownership of the band’s name, preventing improper use of the group’s name by a former member of the group, including a worldwide permanent injunction.
- Secured affirmance from the Second District Court of Appeal in favor of investors on claims of breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and violation of franchise and securities statutes.
Honors and Distinctions
- AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- The Best Lawyers in America (Appellate Practice) 2019-2021
- Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Award, 2015-2018
- Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star 2014-2020
- Florida Trend Legal Elite, Up and Comer, 2019
- The Florida Bar
- Appellate Court Rules Committee, 2017 - present
- Hillsborough County Bar Association
- Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers
- J. Clifford Cheatwood Inn of Court, 2013 - 2015
- Crossroads for Florida Kids, attorney ad litem, 2013 - present
- Junior League of Tampa, 2013 - present
- Fifty-Four Attorneys from Trenam Law Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021
- Forty Seven Attorneys Recognized in Florida Super Lawyers 2020
- Trenam’s Appellate Newsletter: Bad Discovery Order? Here are a Few of Your Options
- Trenam’s Appellate Newsletter: Appeals from the Bankruptcy Court
- Forty-Six Attorneys from Trenam Law Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020
- Twenty One Attorneys Named to Florida Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite” 2019
- Forty-Nine Attorneys Recognized in Florida Super Lawyers 2019
- Trenam’s Appellate Newsletter: The Fundamentals of Preserving Error for Appeal
- Richard A. Bruner, Jr., Patrick M. Causey, Catherine DiPaolo, and Anne C. Leonard Elevated to Shareholder
- Forty Attorneys from Trenam Law Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019
“How Impaired Are You? The Fifth Circuit’s Recent Take on § 1129(a)(10) and Artificial Impairment,” The Cramdown (The Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association’s Quarterly Publication), co-author, Summer 2013.