Elizabeth Leonard has experience representing contractors, architects, municipalities, and other business professionals in construction disputes, professional liability cases, and other complex civil litigation matters. She defends clients from a broad array of claims ranging from negligence, breach of contract/warranties, and negligent hiring/supervision to fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and unfair and deceptive trade practices. She also handles cases involving premises liability, motor vehicle negligence, indemnity and contribution claims, as well as various business disputes, making sure to tailor her representation to each client’s specific goals and needs. She is known for her attention to detail, and she is always happy to take on a complicated issue that requires in-depth legal and/or factual analysis.

Elizabeth earned her Juris Doctor from William & Mary Law School, where she served as Articles Editor of the Law Review. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a writer and editor at several magazines and a Washington, D.C.-based newspaper. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

Outside of the office, Elizabeth enjoys reading realistic fiction and memoirs, exercising, and spending time with her two sons and her husband.


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Elizabeth Leonard Joins Cranfill Sumner LLP

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Cranfill Sumner LLP today announced that Elizabeth Leonard (née Larner) has joined the firm’s Charlotte office as an associate attorney. She focuses her practice primarily in Construction Law and civil litigation.… Read More