Melissa A. Leonard


T 216.861.7986  |  F 216.696.0740
New York
T 212.589.4281  |  F 212.589.4201

Melissa Leonard practices corporate law, which includes financings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and general corporate representation, with a concentration on venture capital and private equity clients. Melissa’s financing experience includes venture capital financing, mezzanine financing, senior lender financing, syndicated and single-bank lines, capital leases, and hedging transactions. With the ability to execute deals as efficiently as possible, Melissa's clients trust her to represent their interests and obtain the corporate results which they are seeking.

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  • Has served as outside general counsel for corporate client, assisting in matters that have included acquisitions, divestitures, financing, and capital formation. Represented client in sale of substantially all of its assets for approximately $80 million.
  • Routinely represents private equity firms in the financing of their acquisitions.
  • Was responsible for primary credit facilities of publicly-traded REIT. Assisted with its joint venture and acquisition/divestiture work.
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  • Advises start-up companies in their formation, equity issuances, and negotiations with venture capital investors. 
  • Represents venture capital investors in various stages of financing start-up companies.
  • Represents private equity firms in the financing of their acquisitions.
  • Serves as outside general counsel for portfolio companies, assisting in matters including acquisitions, divestitures, financing, capital formation, and commercial contracts.
  • Represents lenders in senior financing, mezzanine financing, and hedging transactions.
  • Member of team providing continued representation to professional services client in numerous acquisitions, including recent acquisitions of accounting, employee benefits, and other service businesses. Transactions include complex earn out strategies, issuance of client stock in consideration, and regulatory considerations.


  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association


Press Releases


  • Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA): Board of Trustees




  • Ohio, 1995
  • [Not admitted in New York]


  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1994, cum laude
  • B.S., Miami University, 1992, summa cum laude