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Bar Admissions

Minnesota
U.S. District Court
  • Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals
  • Eighth Circuit

Leadership & Community

  • Jewfolk Media, Inc.: Founder; Board of Directors, President since 2010; TCJewfolk.com, Editor-in-Chief 2009-2012
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • ABA Death Penalty Representation Project: Pro Bono Attorney Volunteer
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network: Pro Bono Attorney Volunteer
  • Twin Cities Cardozo Society
  • Federal Bar Association – Minnesota Chapter
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Overview

Leora Maccabee is a trial lawyer practicing primarily in the areas of general business and trust and estate litigation. 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 other attorneys in Maslon's Estate Planning Group to handle contested matters in 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®.

Experience

  • Currently representing, as part of a team of attorneys, the former special administrator of the estate of an iconic musician with respect to the client's discharge from liability.
  • Represented a bank/corporate trustee in litigation, as part of a team of attorneys, involving claims relating to a family trust and successfully obtained the client's full and complete discharge from liability in a negotiated settlement.
  • 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. 
  • In re 35W Bridge Litigation. 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 trials in Housing Court, Family Court, Hennepin County District Court, and Minnesota Federal Court to help them obtain safe and secure housing, relief from unmanageable consumer debt obligations, and fair and just resolutions of marriage dissolutions.

Honors

Woman of Promise Award, Minneapolis Jewish Federation's Pearl Society, 2019

Light of Justice Award, Texas Defender Service, 2018

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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