Thorelli & Associates offers over thirty years of experience in the legal representation of businesses and individuals with particular emphasis assisting European interests in the U.S. The firm provides services ranging from initial consultation about the impact of U.S. laws on activities to the purchase or sale of entire businesses and more.
Our professionals are proficient in six different languages and keenly aware of the difference between how lawyers are engaged in the U.S. than elsewhere.
M. Scott Leonard is a business litigation and transactional attorney admitted to practice law in Illinois and Florida. Mr. Leonard has extensive experience representing businesses in international and domestic litigation involving debtor/creditor, secured financing, employment, contract, business tort and real estate matters. He is also experienced in advising clients in resolving disputes by alternative means including arbitration and mediation.
On the transactional side, Mr. Leonard advises international and domestic companies seeking to do business in the United States or abroad on corporate, employment, real estate and trade law matters. Mr. Leonard has drafted international brokerage and distribution agreements, drafted sales terms and purchase agreements, export/import documents and similar international business contracts.
Mr. Leonard received his J.D. cum laude, from the St. Thomas University School of Law. During law school, he served as two-term president of the International Law Society and an active member of the International Moot Court Board and a Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court competitor. He also served as a federal judicial intern to the Honorable Ted E. Bandstra, Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Prior to law school, Mr. Leonard earned a Master of Arts with distinction in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Westminster. His dissertation, which explored the US role in mediating the Dayton Peace Accords and involved investigative interviews with journalists, soldiers, academics and diplomats, received academic honors.
Mr. Leonard currently lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter and volunteers as a mediator with the Center for Conflict Resolution.