James D. Leonard is the administrative partner of Jaspan Schlesinger LLP. Mr. Leonard served as Jaspan Schlesinger’s Controller and Chief Financial Officer for 15 years prior to obtaining his law degree. He also currently supervises the day-to-day operations of Jaspan Schlesinger ‘s Tax Certiorari and Condemnation Practice Group. Prior to joining Jaspan Schlesinger, Mr. Leonard 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, Mr. Leonard was the Republican and Conservative party nominee for State Senate in Kings County. He served as the First Vice President for the 55th Assembly District Republican Club of Kings County. Mr. Leonard received his accounting degree from Bernard M. Baruch College City University of New York and his Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in the State Courts of New York and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Mr. Leonard is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Nassau County Bar Association and Suffolk County Bar Association.