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Leonard Anthony Bellavia

Franchising Attorney at Mineola, NY

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Founding partner of the law firm of Bellavia Blatt Andron & Crossett, PC, Leonard A. Bellavia is a nationally recognized authority in the field of automotive franchise law and represents hundreds of automobile and marine dealerships across the country in all aspects of commercial litigation and buy-sell transactions. He has been instrumental in negotiating the sale of hundreds of dealerships. He has achieved national recognition for advocating the mass action litigation model on behalf of franchised automobile dealers, and has successfully implemented this strategy to achieve an important settlement in a litigation to recover reasonable compensation for warranty parts reimbursement. Mr. Bellavia has commenced mass action lawsuits on behalf of hundreds of dealers in the United States District Courts against Daimler Chrysler, Ford, GM, Snap-On Tools, and the Tribune Company.

He has recently achieved an important settlement in a lawsuit to recover reasonable compensation for warranty parts reimbursement in a special mass action initiative commenced in the United States District Court for the Southern District of NY.

A regularly quoted source of comment for Automotive News, Mr. Bellavia is also a regular speaker for national automotive and marine related trade organizations. He serves as Chair of the Automotive Franchise Law Section of the Franchise Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association and has been named Chairperson of the Litigation Section of the National Association of Dealer Counsel ("NADC") and a member of its Board of Directors.

Mr. Bellavia has spent his life in the automobile business as his family has owned one of the largest dealer groups in the New York area since the 1950’s. Mr. Bellavia has been endorsed by the Marine Retailers Association of America ("MRAA") as its recommended franchise counsel to over 10,000 marine dealers nationwide.

With locations in the Windham area of upstate New York, as well as Hauppauge and Mineola on Long Island, his practice extends to cover aspects of Real Estate, Business, Complex Federal and State Court Litigation, Automotive Franchise Law, Dealership, Buy-Sell Transactions, Dealership Corporate Matters, and Personal Injury Law.  

 
Licensed for 39 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1983
Updated 11/17/2022

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Bellavia Blatt & Crossett, PC
200 Old Country Road
Suite 400
Mineola, NY, 11501
Bellavia Blatt & Crossett, PC
490 Wheeler Road
Suite 250
Hauppauge, NY, 11788
Bellavia Law Offices
5338 State Route 23
Windham, NY, 12496
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Education

  • St John's University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Boston College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1979

Associations

  • Automotive Franchise Law of State Bar Association
  • Chair
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  • Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA)
  • Lead Counsel
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  • National Association of Dealer Counsel, Litigation Section
  • Chair
  • 2006 - 2014

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2008
  • Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award
  • Indigent New Yorkers
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Speaking Engagements

  • Moss Adams
  • The Case Against TRUECar & Warranty Parts Reimbursement
  • 2015
  • New State Automobile Dealers Association Seminar
  • From Court Room to Showroom: How to Protect Yourself from Oppressive Vendors & Overzealous Regulators
  • 2015
  • Auto CPA Group-Spring Meeting
  • Sub-Prime Loans.: Cutting Dealers Out
  • 2015

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Commercial real estate Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Leonard Bellavia for over 10 years. He is an outstanding advocate: professional, knowledgeable and tireless in his work on behalf of automotive and marine dealerships throughout the country. His recent mass action lawsuits, in which he has represented hundreds of automotive franchises, serve to attest to his reputation as a fierce and determined adversary, forcefully representing the interests of his clients. A top-notch attorney, he is highly recognized in the legal community. I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Len Bellavia is one of the foremost authorities in this country on franchise law and franchise litigation. I have had the pleasure to work with him in cases representing hundreds of his franchise clients. Currently, we are working together on one of the most important franchise/property cases in the last twenty five years. I do not hesitate to recommend Len Bellavia to any franchisee, dealer, or business client who requires excellent legal representation."
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Mineola Franchising Lawyer Leonard Anthony Bellavia
Leonard Anthony Bellavia
Franchising Attorney
Mineola, NY
Licensed for 39 years