Managing Director, CEO, and Chairman of the Board, Merchant & Gould P.C. 

Chris Leonard joined Merchant & Gould in 2000 and became Managing Director and CEO in 2018. During his time at the firm, he founded and led two of the firm's offices (in Atlanta and Knoxville), served on the firm's Executive Committee, and chaired the Electrical and Software Practice Group. Before becoming an attorney, Chris served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, where he worked with the ground-launched cruise missile weapon system.

Diversity at Merchant & Gould includes recruitment and retention of diverse lawyers and partnering with diversity organizations, such as hosting the American Intellectual Property Law Association's Women in IP event. As an IP firm, Merchant & Gould also works with pipeline organizations in both the legal and engineering fields to encourage women and minorities.

Joined LCLD 2016  

Highlights of LCLD Participation 

Fellows Program
Fellows nominated: 
2022: Loretta Freeman; 2021: David Harrell; 2020: Heather Kliebenstein; 2019: Kathy Ott; 2018: John Thomas Winemiller; 2017: Mansi Hasendra Shah

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected:
2022: Lindsay Jones; 2021: Rachel Hammond; 2020: Luciano Ricondo; 2019: Luciano Ricondo, Laura Hupp; 2018: Loretta Freeman; 2017: Linhda Nguyen

Success in Law School Mentoring Program 
Mentors provided: 2020

Annual Meeting (2017)

Member: Chris Leonard

Diversity Professional: Andrew Jagenow

Communications: Misty Borg Misterek