Leora Maccabee Itman is an attorney in Maslon's Litigation Group and practices in the areas of general business, trust & estate, and tort & product liability litigation. She prides herself on offering exceptional legal service to businesses—from multi-million dollar companies to startups—facing conflicts and challenges that at minimum threaten to distract from the products they are selling and services they are providing to our community, and at maximum are bet-the-company matters.

As a trust and estate litigator, Leora partners with Maslon's Estate Planning Group to handle contested matters in the probate courts, aggressively and effectively representing her clients in disputes regarding the obligations of fiduciaries such as a trustees, executors, conservators, and guardians as well as the interpretation of testamentary instruments.

During law school, Leora clerked for United States District Court Judge John R. Tunheim; the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Minnesota; and the American Civil Liberties Union, Minnesota Chapter.





Selected Experience

  • Defended a high-end office accessories designer in a breach of contract dispute with a product assembly company; case settled after successful negotiation.
  • Represented a multi-national marketing company in a breach of contract and tortious interference with contract dispute with a former vendor and a former employee; case settled after successful negotiation.
  • In Hennepin County Probate Court, defended two siblings who were the co-trustees of a substantial trust established by their parents for the benefit of a third sibling where the third sibling made unsubstantiated allegations of the co-trustees' breach of fiduciary duty in the management of the trust; case settled after successful mediation.
  • Represented a business products manufacturer in its lawsuit against a product design and distribution company for breach of the parties' sales agreement; case settled after successful negotiation.
  • With a small team of Maslon litigators, successfully defeated a motion for temporary restraining order against a restaurant in the midst of significant construction on a new design feature.
  • Represented financial services company in a lawsuit against a former employee who misappropriated the company's airplane miles for personal travel; case settled after successful negotiation.
  • Succeeded, as part of a small team of Maslon litigators, in achieving summary judgment in federal court for a financial institution in litigation involving default on a bank loan and contract interpretation; case settled after successful mediation.
  • Represented a sporting goods manufacturer against his competitor and former business partners in a business dispute involving claims of false advertising, deceptive trade practices, breach of contract, and tortious interference with contract.
  • As part of a small team of Maslon litigators, defended a lawsuit against a raw materials corporation sued for transloading and trucking services provided to a third party; case settled after successful mediation.
  • With attorneys in Maslon's Labor & Employment and Litigation groups, represented an employer in its lawsuit against a former employee charged with misappropriation of the company's confidential and proprietary information; succeeded in achieving partial summary judgment in state court.
  • With attorneys in Maslon's Construction and Litigation groups, represented engineering company that provided the original design for the I-35W bridge that collapsed over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis on August 1, 2007. Represented client in multi-party lawsuit and helped obtain appellate court dismissal of a multi-million dollar contribution claim as well as dismissal of the State's multi-million dollar statutory claim for reimbursement under the Victim's Compensation Statute.
  • Pro bono representation of low-income individuals during negotiations and trial in Housing Court to help them obtain safe and secure housing and relief from unmanageable consumer debt obligations.








Professional Activities

Federal Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
Minnesota Women Lawyers
Cardozo Society - Twin Cities
Jewfolk Media, Inc.: Founder; Board of Directors, President since 2010; TCJewfolk.com, Editor-in-Chief 2009-2012
Sabes Jewish Community Center: Board of Directors 2013-2016

Pro Bono Activities

Volunteer Lawyers Network: Volunteer
United States District Court and Federal Bar Association: Pro Se Project, Volunteer

Recognition

Up & Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2015

Recognized on Minnesota Rising Stars list as part of the Super Lawyers® selection process, 2014-2016 (Minnesota Rising Stars is a designation given to only 2.5 percent of Minnesota attorneys each year, based on a selection process that includes the recommendation of peers in the legal profession.)

Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota® list, 2015-2016 (The annual edition of the Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota list features attorneys who received the highest point totals in the previous year's Minnesota Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars balloting, research, and blue ribbon review process.)

2013 Arthur T. Pfefer Memorial Award, Twin Cities Cardozo Society (for outstanding leadership and commitment to the Jewish and general community)

Tychman Family "Young Leadership" Award, Minneapolis Jewish Federation, 2013

North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2012, 2014-2015 (North Star Lawyer is a designation that recognizes members who provide 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services in a calendar year.)

Real Mensch of Minneapolis Award, 2012, Minneapolis Jewish Federation (in recognition of passion, hard work, and commitment to the Minneapolis Jewish community)



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Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 2009
U.S. District Court
  • Minnesota, 2010
U.S. Court of Appeals
  • Eighth Circuit, 2011
Education
Northeastern University School of Law
J.D., 2009
Amherst College
B.A., cum laude, 2005
Notable

LEORA HAS BEEN SELECTED AS A 2016 40 UNDER 40 HONOREE BY MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL BUSINESS JOURNAL AND RECOGNIZED AS A 2015 NORTH STAR LAWYER BY THE MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION. IN ADDITION, SHE WAS HONORED AS A 2015 UP & COMING ATTORNEY BY MINNESOTA LAWYER, AND SHE IS RECOGNIZED ON THE 2016 MINNESOTA RISING STARS LIST AND THE 2016 TOP WOMEN ATTORNEYS IN MINNESOTA LIST BY SUPER LAWYERS®.

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