Leora Maccabee is a senior associate in Maslon's Litigation Group and practices primarily in the areas of tort & product liability litigation and general business litigation.

In the products liability side of her practice, she represents local, national, and international companies when they are sued for negligence, strict liability, breach of warranty, misrepresentation, and other similar claims regarding their products. She has spent years with teams of her colleagues representing clients in the medical device space, specifically focusing on women's health products, researching legal and factual issues, taking patient and doctor depositions around the Midwest, and preparing patient-specific expert reports.

In the business litigation side of her practice, she prides herself on offering exceptional legal service to businesses—from multimillion-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. Whether that means going to court or engaging in mediation, she represents her clients aggressively, intelligently, and effectively, and with a keen eye towards their business needs.

As a trust and estate litigator, Leora partners with Maslon's Estate Planning Group to handle contested matters in the probate courts,  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.

Leora was recognized as a 2016 40 Under 40 Honoree by Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal, a 2015 Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer, and regularly on the Rising Stars and Top Woman Attorney lists by Super Lawyers®.

Selected Experience

  • In re American Medical Systems, Inc., CV-11-3933 (Hennepin County District Court, Minnesota). With a small team of Maslon litigators, defended consolidated state court actions alleging multiple tort theories against American Medical Systems related to female mesh products.
  • Diana Foster and Mustang Innovations, LLC v. WestRock Company. Successfully argued and, in partnership with colleague Martin Fallon, obtained summary judgment dismissing defamation, deceptive trade practices, and tortious interference case. 
  • Triple Tree LLC v. Walcker, 2016 WL 2621954 (D. Minn. May 6, 2016). In partnership with colleague Bill Pentelovitch, successfully defeated motion for temporary injunction in non-compete and trade secret dispute.
  • Part of team representing design engineers for litigation following collapse of I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis; Represented client in multi-party lawsuit and helped obtain appellate court dismissal of a multimillion-dollar contribution claim as well as dismissal of the State's multimillion-dollar statutory claim for reimbursement under the Victim's Compensation Statute. 
Pro Bono
  • Ex parte Armstrong (Tex. Crim. App. 2017). Member of team of Maslon lawyers serving as pro bono counsel for Douglas Tyrone Armstrong, a Texas death row inmate convicted of capital murder in 2006. The team successfully secured the vacation of Armstrong's death sentence by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
  • Pro bono representation of low-income individuals during negotiations and trial in Housing Court, Hennepin County District Court, and Minnesota Federal Court to help them obtain safe and secure housing and relief from unmanageable consumer debt obligations.

Professional Activities

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

Pro Bono Activities

ABA Pro Bono Death Penalty Representation: Ex parte Armstrong (Tex. Crim. App. 2017)
Volunteer Lawyers Network: Volunteer

Recognition

40 Under 40 Honoree, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2016

Up & Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2015

Recognized on Minnesota Rising Stars list as part of the Super Lawyers® selection process, 2014-2018 (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, 2015-2018 (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)

North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2012, 2014-2017 (North Star Lawyer is a designation that recognizes members who provide 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services in a calendar year.)

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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 IS RECOGNIZED AS A 2017 NORTH STAR LAWYER BY THE MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION AND ON THE 2018 MINNESOTA RISING STARS LIST. SHE ALSO SUCCESSFULLY REPRESENTED PRO BONO CLIENT TO SECURE VACATION OF DEATH SENTENCE AFTER 10 YEARS ON DEATH ROW IN TEXAS. 

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