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James J. Leonard Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at Atlantic City, NJ

2.6   5 reviews
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  • Licensed for 22 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2001
    Active No misconduct found

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James J. Leonard Jr., Esq. represents litigants in federal, state, and municipal courts for matters relating to:

• All Indictable Offenses
• All Disorderly Persons Offenses
• DWI & Traffic Violations
• Drug Offenses
• White Collar Crime
• Juvenile Court
• Expungements
• Appeals & PCRs
• Violation of Probation / Parole
• Bail Reduction
• Family Law
• Divorce
• Domestic Violence
• Hearings
• Restraining Orders
• Child Support
• Alimony
• Child Custody
• Visitation
• Administrative Hearings
• Domestic Partnerships
• Disciplinary Hearings
• Worker’s Compensation
• Personal Injury Matters

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The Law Offices of James J. Leonard Jr., LLC
1200 Atlantic Ave Suite 203
Second Floor
Atlantic City, NJ, 08401-7327


2.6 / 5.0
  5 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2014
best in the defence business
James Leonard is one tough, no nonsense lawyer. I was assured from the beginning. I was facing ten years minimum. James Leonard was true to his word. He said he was an agressive attorney. That was a constant. Ken Warren works for the Leonard Group. He traveled two hours or more, for every court date. He is professional, smart, understanding, while effectively doing job for me. I will forever, be thankful. These two amazing attorneys made it possible for me to be home with my son. The price was more then reasonable, and well worth it. They also, let me pay it off in installments.Thank you, both. I wouldn't go with anyone else. If you need an attorney, I would say, these two are your men. I wouldnt trust anyone else.
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Posted by Carl | March 12, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
James J Leonard (Great Attorney)!
I just called my lawyer and received his answer machine. I proceeded by leaving him a voicemail message expressing how thankful and how well I was represented at the Virtual court hearing today. He texted me back, “pleased and proud to do so”! I proceeded by writing ✍️ a well deserved google review. I was a school teacher for many years and now retired. I opened up my grade book again and gave Mr. James J Leonard a thumbs up 100%.
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Posted by Verónica | March 1, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not good.
Terrible service I do not recommend it at all.we hired, at the beginning he promised to get an innocently accused family member out of jail. and after payment that enough. He has not done anything, he does not always take calls, this was never to see his client, not even a call.
Posted by Richard | December 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He made my life 100 times worst then what it was when i met him he never really helped me at all just talked a good game did not defend me what so ever in front of a judge he made me look so bad the judge said if he ever saw me again he would send me to prison for a long time and i was like 20 years old. After the fact he would not talk to me in person or return phone calls hes not here for helping anyone just himself i had to calls 100s of times when i finally got threw to him he acted all like he was confused he didnt fight for me he said its over not to care anymore but everyone needs to know this guy dont give care about you you want to be saved but no one can save you not even if he tells you everything you wanna hear its fake he will set u up quicker then you can blink.
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Posted by Bill | April 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very dissapointing --did not full fill commitments.
Mr. Leonard claims to do the best for every client regardless of the nature of the case. He presented a strategy for the my but failed to perform as stated as a result I failed to appear in court to present my case against counter complaint. He set a time for two phone conferences but, for one after a long 2 hour wait, I never heard from him and repeatedly had to call his office For another, he never called as advised and I had to call him as I was tired of waiting on him . His statements to me concerning the details of the outcome of the matter were inaccurate. After my retainer was paid he failed to stay on top of the case and failed to communicate important information. All in all, a poor service to me as client. Anyone considering retaining Mr. Leonard would be best served by researching other attorneys as my result and experience was very disappointing. I am disappointed that I did not have my day in court due to failure on the part of Mr. Leonard.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Leonard Law Group, LLC.
  • 2002 - Present
  • Legal Intern
  • Philadelphia District Attorneys
  • 1999 - 2001


  • Villanova University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Wesley College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of New Jersey v. Terry Oleson
  • Not Guilty


  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Atlantic County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Best of the Press
  • Press of Atlantic City
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Hurley in the Afternoon
  • South Jersey Lawyer
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with James on several cases and he has always handled them with care. I would recommend his services without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Atlantic City Criminal defense Lawyer James J. Leonard Jr.
James J. Leonard Jr.
Criminal defense Attorney
Atlantic City, NJ
Licensed for 22 years
Free Consultation