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Kris Leonhardt

Employment and labor Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

5.0   23 reviews

also known as Kristina Leonhardt

  • State Years
    Kentucky - KY 14 years
    Arizona - AZ 15 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State KY
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Kris Leonhardt is an associate in the firm’s Phoenix office. She focuses her practice on defending employers against a wide range of employment law claims, including disability, race, age, and sexual harassment, retaliation, and unlawful termination of employment.


Kris earned her J.D., cum laude, (2008) from Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, where she was a Pedrick Scholarship Recipient, worked for the Arizona Justice Project and participated in the ASU Lodestar Mediation Clinic.


Before joining Fisher Phillips, Kris gained significant litigation and trial experience practicing family, criminal, and general civil law. She also spent two years at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.  Kris has an Preeminent AV Rating, has earned the “Client Distinction Award” by Martindale-Hubbell, and was rated “Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyers in Arizona” by National Trial Lawyers.


Ms. Leonhardt was admitted to the practice of law in Arizona in 2008 and Kentucky in 2010. Ms. Leonhardt is a second-generation attorney, following in the footsteps of her father, uncles, and brother.





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Fisher Phillips
3200 North Central, Suite 805
Phoenix, AZ, 85012

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Posted by Michael | November 4, 2017
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Outstanding! ..
Kris is simply a phenomenal attorney. I've become familiar with multiple lawyers in the Phoenix area over the past several years while grappling with a drawn-out/contentious divorce, and Kris is far and away the best. I dropped another attorney who botched my case, and Kris quickly picked-up the pieces. She zeroed-in on key considerations within minutes and suggested what proved to be a sound course of action. Kris is easy to work with, demonstrates sharp acumen, and her legal judgment is 'spot-on.' She was the strong advocate that I sorely needed and makes quite an impression - opposing counsel even referred clients her way! She knows the Phoenix legal landscape quite well (lawyers, judges, etc.), which allows useful insight when setting strategy. In short, I highly recommend Kris if you're facing a difficult divorce proceeding. What a breath of fresh air!
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Posted by Lee Gross | November 2, 2017
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Endorsement of Attorney Leonhardt
My father was referred to Kris after I was served with divorce papers and my rights as a father were being challenged. Kris is very rationale and provided me with a measured, and practical roadmap to ensure my success and allow for me to get the most parenting time in the best interest of the child. Kris is a very ethical person who truly does act in the best interest of the child. "Best interest of the child" tends to lose its merit within Family Law and high profile actor/attorneys. Kris fought very hard with me over a period of several months and maintained a cool, calm demeanor during a highly emotional experience. I credit Kris with helping me seek justice as a consistently great father who was under attack during a temporary low point in my life. I highly recommend Kris to anyone that is going through a divorce and or custody battle.
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Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2017
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One GREAT attorney
We hired Kris after our first attorney dropped the ball on a custody case for our son. Kris is very intelligent and her skilled approach to our son's case was flawless. She knew exactly how to prepare our son and what information he needed, She was never overconfident and kept all of us in reality as to how this case could go (this was a judge she had never argued before). As it turned out, our son got everything for which he was asking, and then some! She was so well prepared, that every objection (and lie) that was brought up in court, she had an answer and an exhibit to refute it. She did not miss a beat during the return hearing and the trial itself. She was always accessible and answered all of our many questions. We are thankful for the outcome and great advice she gave my son (and us). If we could give us 10 stars on her rating, we would. The office staff and Mr. Owens were very courteous and personable. I would HIGHLY recommend Kris for your child custody challenges.
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Posted by Steve | October 14, 2016
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Thoroughly Satisfied and Thankful
A good friend of mine strongly suggested I consult with Kris Leonhardt after I explained to him how difficult my son's mother was being about our custody agreement. Kris was very honest and upfront, helping me understand what would transpire during the process. I was nervous the day of our court hearing, like any concerned parent, until I witnessed Kris go to work. Kris Leonhardt was a machine and won the case. Thank you so much, Kris!
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Posted by Bob | July 14, 2016
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Great attorney
I hired Kris to help me with a messy divorce. She is wise and to the point. She helped me navigate through some difficult situations. I appreciated her advice and experience. I made the right choice!
Posted by Dave | June 15, 2016
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Top Notch Divorce Attorney
What a great lawyer and top notch law firm. Kris did an excellent job of protecting me, my assets and future liabilities. If you want the best divorce attorney, without having to pay extreme top dollar per hour prices, Kris is the lawyer to choose. Kris is a very aggressive, fair and honest attorney, with an excellent paralegal as well. Thanks for all your help in making a very ugly situation, manageable and somewhat painless. I highly recommend Kris and the entire legal staff at Owens & Perkins. Thanks again for all of your help.
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Posted by Shelley | February 28, 2016
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Strong Advocate and Excellent Attorney
Kris is a strong advocate who knows the law, the judges, and the opposing attorneys. Kris has stood firm for me on many issues, including a recent child support adjustment. Kris does not fall victim to game-playing opposing counsel or opposing clients. Kris can see what needs to be done and gets straight to the point. I highly recommend Kris to anyone needing help with family law. Kris is a strong and skilled advocate.
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Posted by Vanessa | July 26, 2015
Thank You !
Kris is an amazing attorney ! She is well versed in family medicine. She is compassionate, empathetic, reassuring and professional at the same time. She goes above and beyond to protect her clients. She does not tolerate games from opposing counsels and finds the truth. I am so thankful that I found her and had her on my side. I would encourage anyone looking for representation for a family law case to look no further!
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Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2015
Best attorney ever!!!
Kris is an amazing attorney. She is well-versed in family law and she is efficent, professional, compassionate and organized. No small detail is left unnoticed. I felt that she was always prepared and ready for action. I would not hesitate to recommend other friends and family to her! Thank you for everything, Kris!
Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2015
Kris, you are very talented and smart women.
Kris I with you the best of luck and am very thankful for you help and kindness. I hope great things for you. You are very talented and smart women. I hope you achieve even more things.
Posted by Shelley | December 26, 2014
Detail-Oriented and Strong Advocate
My case included a large number of financial documents -- and the ability to understand and interpret them. Kris was so on top of things that she found money I didn't even realize I had lost. She was able to get all of it back for me in my case. Kris knew the documents inside out and was able to put together an excellent paper trail the other side could not argue against. Kris was a powerful advocate.
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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2014
You are truly amazing!!!
I want to say thank you!!! You are truly amazing!!! Thank you for all your hard work, time, and dedication. You have really made a difference in my life for the better and for that, I am truly grateful.
Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2014
The opposing side brought nunchucks to a gun fight!
I was blown away on Wednesday when I watched Kris Leonhardt exact justice for my friend. The opposing side brought nunchucks to a gun fight. There was nothing better than sitting in court watching the opposing side squirm as he tried to answer Ms. Leonhardt’s direct questions. There were two Tempe detectives sitting with us in court so knowing that he spent the remainder of the day in jail is just an added bonus. I am so thankful that I was recommended to Ms. Leonhardt and Max Hanson and I’m also thankful for their great team.
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Posted by Candy | September 11, 2014
Best Lawyer in Arizona
I remember watching C.D. Owen's video on YouTube about how his practice is based on helping clients get to the point where they can think straight. When I watched that video, I knew that's where I needed to be at. I needed to think straight. C.D. was so confident in his firm that in his video he recommends that for a client, the most important thing is to look at the credentials of the law firm. I did. I ended up watching the videos of all the attorneys within Owens & Perkins and Kris Leonhardt stood out. In Kris' video, she advocates that she's different because of her ability to take reasonable approaches to help get her client what they want. And let me tell you, choosing Kris was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. I did get to the point where I could finally think straight because I trusted Kris to help win my case in modifying parenting time. She was supportive 100% of the way and I can't tell you just how amazing it is when you have a lawyer that believed in what you were fight for. I felt Kris was more of a friend than a lawyer. She listened to what I wanted and didn't let me settle on what I didn't want. She is one of the most compassionate, genuine lawyers I have ever met. You will not go wrong in choosing Kris Leonhardt to represent you. I can promise you that.
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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2014
The things you do make a big difference.
The things you do make a big difference. You always go above and beyond what is required. No wonder you're appreciated, well-liked, and admired! Thank you Owens & Perkins, Kris Leonhardt & Kim Campbell.
Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2014
Tremendous work!
We cannot thank you enough for all of your help and tremendous work with our case. We are forever grateful to you as you have helped us make our family complete! Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2014
Thank you Kris, truly
I've said this before, but you are truly are a godsend for me. If you ever have a "down in the dumps" days, just know that you make a difference for people like me. Thank you Kris, truly.
Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2014
You were amazing in court!
I have no words that can match how grateful I am for your hard work. Ms. Leonhardt is truly the very best and if someone ever has a need for your services, I will send your way. Kris, you were amazing in court!! Wow!! I cannot thank you enough for you hard work in such stressful situation. Of course, opposing counsel was almost laughable against a barracuda like you!! If ever I need representation in the future you are first on my list!!
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Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2014
I felt protected and secure.
I want to thank attorney, Kris Leonhardt, her assistant, Kim Campbell, and the whole Owens & Perkins, P.C staff. I had a very difficult divorce case that needed professional and excellent attention. When I met Kris for the first time, I felt I was in good hands. She is a caring and very compassionate person. During the whole process I felt protected and secure, because she always made sure my rights were not violated. Kris was fully dedicated to my case and worked arduously for eight months. Now that my divorce is final I am very satisfied with the results. I couldn't have done it without Kris and her staff. I will have them in my heart and I will always be grateful for her representation. I recommend Kris Leonhardt to represent your case!
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Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2014
Kris, you were amazing!
Thank you so much for representing me and your attention to detail. You were amazing!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Fisher & Phillips
  • 2018 - Present
  • Associate
  • Owens & Perkins, P.C.
  • 2013 - 2018
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Arizona Attorney General's Office
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Private Practice In Arizona
  • 2008 - 2010
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  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Indiana Univeristy
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005


  • State Bar of Arizona
  • 2008 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 2016 Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Matindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • 2012-2013 Pro Bono Volunteer Lawyer's Program Honor Roll
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (12)
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Family Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kris is knowledgeable and accessible. I found her to be diligent about tracking down details, and making sure her clients are served well by bringing to the Court's attention foul play by opposing parties/counsel that would award attorneys fees to her client (which are hard to get). I endorse this lawyer. She is one I would hire myself."
Family Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great family law attorney that I would not hesitate to refer a client to."
Family Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Kris. She is a tactful, skilled and knowledgeable attorney who will truly pursue the interests of her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kris is an extremely dedicated and talented family law attorney. She provides her clients with sound advice and solutions to very complicated and delicate situations. She is at the very top of my list when someone needs a family law attorney. I highly recommend her to my clients and friends without hesitation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kris is an outstanding and extremely talented attorney. She is respected in the legal community and is dedicated to her clients. I fully endorse and recommend her."
Family Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"The other reviews say it all- her clients love her and attorneys respect her. That isn't always easy to find in the family law world, but Kris has earned it. She works passionately for her clients while still being professional and ethical with her colleagues. She's nice enough to make you feel comfortable while being tough enough to not put up with typical family court nonsense. I would recommend Kris to friends and family without hesitation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the pleasure of observing Kris Leonhardt in court. Her knowledge, skill and aggressiveness make her a formidable opponent and allow her to achieve fantastic results for her clients. She is well-respected in her legal community and is highly sought-after by clients. I strongly recommend Kris Leonhardt."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kris is a dedicated and very compassionate attorney. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Kris is tough but reasonable - exactly the qualities you want in your divorce lawyer. She has an eye toward settlement, but at the same time, can be a ferocious litigator if the situation calls for it. I never questioned Kris' ethics. She is a consummate professional and I would strongly recommend her to anyone looking for a seasoned family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Kris is a very bright shining star in the legal community. She is compassionate, detail oriented, tenacious and dedicated. As her supervising attorney I have the pleasure of hearing and receiving all of the wonderful accolades that her clients bestow upon her. She is a consummate professional and a truly exceptional attorney."
Family Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have the pleasure of working with Kris Leonhardt. Kris is a very knowledgeable and compassionate attorney who is dedicated to her client’s interests. I highly endorse Kris."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kris is an excellent and very capable attorney. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kris is a very talented attorney. I endorse her without reservation!"
Family Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kris is an amazing attorney. If anyone ever asks me to refer them to a family law attorney, I always tell them: “go see Kris Leonhardt, now.” She is bright, energetic and seems to be truly passionate about her client’s needs. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kris is sharp, energetic and talented. I trust her judgment and ability."
Family Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Kris for several years, she is bright, talented and determined to represent her clients well. You will enjoy having her as your attorney and be very pleased with her representation."
Family Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kris is an outstanding lawyer that is very responsive to her clients' needs. I have referred clients to her with family law matters and they have all been extremely pleased. Kris is an expert in her field and obtains great results."
Family Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"During the time I have worked with Kris, I have been amazed by tireless drive and dedication to her clients. She is a great advocate for her clients and often achieves results for them well beyond their wildest expectations. I would highly recommend Kris for any family or juvenile law matter."
Family Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I have had the pleasure of having Kris Leonhardt work with us at Owens & Perkins for exactly one year this week. She has grown into an outstanding family law attorney and her dedication to helping her clients can be seen through her clients’ results. She demonstrates superior skill and knowledge in all areas of family law and truly fights for her clients best interests. I am excited to see Ms. Leonhardt’s career grow because amazing things are ahead. I recommend her services to anyone who is seeking a superb family law attorney."
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Phoenix Employment and labor Lawyer Kris Leonhardt
Kris Leonhardt
Employment and labor Attorney
Phoenix, AZ
Licensed for 15 years