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Leo P. Goddeyne

Senior Counsel




Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1977

University of Michigan, B.A., 1973

Bar Admissions

Leo handles all areas of general corporate and commercial law including liquidations, reorganizations, creation of corporations and LLCs, professional corporations, the purchase and sale of corporate assets or stock, mergers, consolidation, reorganization, seller-financed sales of property, shareholder disputes, health care and secured transactions. 

In particular, he specializes in counseling nonprofits and charitable organizations on obtaining and maintaining their tax-exempt status and complying with state registration and charitable solicitation laws.

In addition, Leo handles such real estate matters as land divisions, farm sales and purchases, leasing, and environmental due diligence and works with wholesale and retail automotive parts manufacturers.

Representative Matters

Leo represented a nonprofit arts organization that had been told by other attorneys that it would not qualify for a 501(c)(3) tax exemption. Without this exemption, the nonprofit faced losing the grants it had been promised and would have to cease operations. After doing research, Leo determined that the nonprofit should indeed qualify for a tax exemption, then prepared an application and submitted it to the IRS. Not only did the IRS approve the tax exemption, it “fast tracked” the application for approval and granted the exemption within 60 days.


State Bar of Michigan Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020-present

Michigan Community Resources, Pro Bono Partner Brick Award, 2019

John W. Cummiskey Pro Bono Award, 2016

John N. Vlachos Award for Pro Bono Service, 2006

Wayne State University Law School, magna cum laude, Note and Comment Editor, Wayne Law Review

Law Clerk, Honorable Noel P. Fox, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan, Venture Capital Subcommittee

Kalamazoo County Bar Association, Real Estate Committee, Pro Bono Committee

Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association

Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes, Board of Directors; HR Committee, 2015-present (Chair, 2015-2019); Governance Committee, 2018-present