Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1977
University of Michigan, B.A. 1973
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.
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.
In a complicated and innovative transaction, an interdisciplinary team played an essential role in creating a new medical school in Michigan. The project involved forming a three-member not for profit corporation between a university, two hospitals, and a privately funded anonymous donation of $100M (the largest such cash gift in the history of Michigan).
Wayne State University Law School, Note and Comment Editor, Wayne Law Review
John N. Vlachos Award for Pro Bono Service, 2006
John W. Cummiskey Pro Bono Award, 2016
American Bar Association
State Bar of Michigan, Venture Capital Subcommittee
Kalamazoo County Bar Association, Real Estate Committee, Pro Bono Committee
Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association