Jerris Leonard is of counsel in the Washington, D.C.
office of Foley & Lardner and a member of the firm's
Regulatory Department. He has nearly 50 years of experience
in legislative and lobbying activities and has been
actively involved in trial practice for over 49 years.
He has represented former President George Bush, Muhammad
Ali, Governor Vernon Thomson of Wisconsin, Governor
Evan Meacham of Arizona, members of Congress, and prominent
business leaders. Mr. Leonard has significant experience
in the areas of government administration, finance,
tort reform, and general civil and criminal law.
Most recently, Mr. Leonard served on the Bush-Cheney
Transition Department of Justice Advisory Committee.
In 1969, he was appointed by President Nixon and confirmed
by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Attorney General for
Civil Rights of the United States and served until 1971.
In that year, President Nixon appointed him Administrator
of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration. Prior
to his tenure at the Department of Justice, Mr. Leonard
served for 12 years in the Wisconsin State Legislature.
From 1959 to 1967, he was Assistant Majority Leader
and in 1967 became the Majority Leader of the Senate.
In 1968, he was the Republican nominee for the U.S.
Senate from Wisconsin.
In 1969, Mr. Leonard received the Belle Case LaFollette
Outstanding Professional Award from the Wisconsin Law
Foundation. He was also the recipient of the Lifetime
Achievement Award from Marquette University Law School
in 2000. Mr. Leonard received his law and undergraduate
degrees from Marquette University (J.D., 1955; B.A.
1952). He was president of Marquette student body and
then elected to Alpha Sigma Nu, National Jesuit Honor
Society. He is the author of numerous legislation that
became law in Wisconsin. Mr. Leonard has authored articles
and given speeches throughout the United States, including
his speech titled, “A Catholic Conservative's
Experience With Civil Rights in America,” delivered
at Creighton University's William F. Kelley, S.J. Annual
Alpha Sigma Nu Lecture Series in 2000.
Mr. Leonard has made five appearances before the Supreme
Court of the United States. He is admitted to practice
in the District of Columbia and Wisconsin.