Leia Leitner Associate

     

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Leia Leitner is an experienced complex commercial litigator in federal and state courts. Her practice focuses primarily on art law, cannabis law, complex tort and general casualty, and intellectual property and brand protection. 

Prior to joining Wilson Elser, Leia was an associate at a boutique law firm in Maitland, Florida, where she focused primarily on insurance defense for class action matters filed by consumers relating to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). In this capacity, she represented corporations, collection agencies, debt buyers and credit reporting agencies. She also prepared copyright and trademark applications for new business owners and entertainment clients.

Leia also worked as an associate attorney for a boutique intellectual property and technology firm in Orlando, Florida, where she focused on all aspects of copyright, trademark prosecution, business litigation, government investigations, and qui tam actions filed under the False Claims Act. She also drafted settlement agreements and negotiated contracts for matters involving sports, music and entertainment law. 

Leia brings a wide range of legal knowledge working as a litigator at various law firms in Central Florida, formerly focusing in the areas of condominium and homeowners’ association law, and complex business litigation.

Areas of Focus

Art Law
Leia provides reliable legal counsel to virtually all participants in the creation, licensing, sale, lending, gifting, merchandising and display of art. Leia represents artists, collectors and buyers, sellers, insurers, gallerists and dealers, consultants and museums. 

Cannabis Law
Leia advises new business owners within the legalized cannabis industry and organizations outside the industry on the impact of the rapidly evolving state and federal regulatory landscape. 

Intellectual Property / Brand Protection
Leia handles the prosecution and defense of trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation on behalf of restaurants, nonprofit organizations, and clothing and health care companies. She has successfully litigated and defended copyright infringement claims and handled trade secret and trademark infringement litigation on behalf of various companies, and is experienced in Lanham Act litigation. 

Complex Tort & General Casualty
Leia handles pre-suit and litigation matters for complex and catastrophic claims involving automobile and trucking accidents, environmental property damage, premises liability and other general liability claims.

Representative Matters

Obtained successful resolution for a restaurant against claims by music company for copyright infringement based on public performance of cover songs. 

Successfully resolved trademark infringement claims against an entity that pitched an idea to “Shark Tank” using client’s trademarks. 

Defeated trademark infringement claims at trial against apparel company. Ultimately, obtained attorneys’ fee award for defending the claim against one of the defendants who brought claim in bad faith. 

Obtained temporary restraining order against entity displaying defamatory statements on a hard-coded popup on website. 

Successfully defended client against a preliminary injunction motion filed against a technology company.