Allison J. Leonard


Allison J. Leonard is a partner at Damian | Valori | Culmo. Ms. Leonard’s practice areas include complex business litigation, receivership and securities litigation, and employment law. She is licensed to practice in Florida and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Ms. Leonard is dedicated to serving not only her clients but also the community at large. She currently serves as Treasurer of the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and has chaired the Annual Trial Skills Workshop for several years. In addition, Ms. Leonard is a member of The Florida Bar – Business Law Section where she served as Chair of the Business Litigation Committee. Ms. Leonard is also a member of the Cuban American Bar Association and a fellow of The Florida Bar Foundation.

Ms. Leonard has been recognized by her peers as a Super Lawyers® Rising Star each year since 2017. In addition she was recognized as The Best Lawyers® in America 2022 and 2023. She was also named Most Effective Lawyer in 2020 and an “On the Rise” Honoree in 2023 by the Daily Business Review.

Prior to joining Damian | Valori | Culmo, Ms. Leonard was the senior litigation associate at a well-known boutique litigation firm in Coral Gables where she represented individuals and businesses seeking justice after suffering a civil wrongdoing, with an emphasis on products liability, business torts and wage and hour claims.

Ms. Leonard received her law degree from Florida International University College of Law, where she earned the Best Brief Award and Oral Argument Champion Award in the Intramural Moot Court Competition and the CALI Award of Excellence for the highest grade in the Carlos A. Costa Immigration and Human Rights Legal Clinic and was on the Dean’s List. She received her undergraduate degree in Accounting from the Florida International University College of Business, where she attended as a National Hispanic Scholar and National Merit Commended Student and led the Beta Alpha Psi accounting honor society as Vice President.

Practice Areas
  • Complex business litigation
  • Receivership and Securities Litigation
  • Investor and Consumer Fraud Litigation
  • Labor and Employment Litigation
  • The Florida Bar (2010)
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • The Florida Bar – Business Law Section – Vice Chair of Business Litigation Committee and Chair of Business Litigation Legislation Subcommittee
  • MDFAWL – Board of Directors, Chair of Annual Trial Skills Workshop, Chair of Substantive CLE Programming
  • CABA – longtime member, former articles editor for CABA Briefs
  • The Dade County Bar Association
  • Miami Dade Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Florida Bar Foundation – Fellow
  • Intramural Moot Court Competition – Best Brief Award and Oral Argument Champion Award
  • CALI Award of Excellence  – Carlos A. Costa Immigration and Human Rights Legal Clinic
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Daily Business Review Most Effective Lawyers 2020
  • Miami-Dade FAWL Sixth Annual Trial Skills Workshop – Faculty presenter on the Admission of Evidence
  • View from the Bench, Virtual Practice in Business Court – Moderator (May 8, 2020)
  • MDFAWL Presents Virtual Mediations and Arbitrations – Moderator (April 28, 2020)
  • Bench & Bar Conference: Receivership and Trustee Appointments – Moderator (March 1, 2019)
  • Business Section of the Florida Bar, 2020 Business Law Case and Legislative Update – 3-Part Series-Moderator (Fall 2020)
Other Experience
  • Deloitte & Touche, LLP – Audit Intern
  • The Honorable Judge Marcia G. Cooke, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida – Legal Intern

Florida International University JD

  • Book Award – Immigration & Human rights Clinic
  • Best Brief and Oral Argument Champion Intramural Appellate Advocacy Competition,
  • Greenberg Traurig Full Tuition Merit Scholarship Recipient,
  • Dean’s List

Florida International University – Bachelors of Accounting (2007)

  • Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Honor Society,
  • The Honors College,
  • National Hispanic Scholar,
  • FIU Presidential Scholar,
  • Dean’s List