Debbie Leonard

  • 955 S. Virginia Street, Suite 220
    Reno, Nevada 89502
  • Office Phone: 775-964-4656
  • Place of Birth: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Supreme Court Mediation History:

  • Date Appointed: 1/2/13
  • Number of Cases Mediated: 58
  • Current As Of: 1/2/24

Areas of Practice:

  • Real Estate and Land Use; Water and Natural Resources; General Civil Litigation; Appellate Practice

Bar Memberships:

  • Nevada (2002)
  • California (2003)
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (2005)
  • United States Supreme Court (2012)
University of Wisconsin Madison, WI 1987 1991 Undergraduate, Zoology (Honors) B.A.
University of California Santa Cruz, CA 1995 1997 Graduate, Education M.A.
Law Schools
University of California Berkeley School of Law, Boalt Hall Berkeley, CA 1999 2002 J.D. 
Professional Experience
Leonard Law, PC Reno, NV Solo Practitioner 2019 Present
McDonald, Carano, Wilson, LLP Reno, NV Associate 2003-2009; Partner 2010-present 2003 2019
U.S. District Court Reno, NV Law Clerk to Hon. David Hagen, U.S. District Court, District of Nevada 2002 2003
Santa Cruz, CA School District Santa Cruz, CA Science Teacher; Mission Hill Junior/Senior High School and Delta School 1998 1999
State Bar of Nevada Reno, NV       Chair, Appellate Litigation Section 2013 2014
United States District Court, District of Nevada Reno, NV    Lawyer Representative 2015 Present
State Bar of Nevada Reno, NV Lead Editor, Nevada Appellate Practice Manual 2016 Present

Mediation and Other ADR Training
University of California, Berkeley; Boalt Hall School of Law Berkeley, CA Mediation Training 2002
American Arbitration Association San Diego, CA Introductory Mediation Training 2011
United States District Court, District of Idaho ADR Program Boise, ID Advanced Mediation Training 2012
State Bar of Nevada Las Vegas, NV Do's and Don'ts of Ethical Conduct at a Mediation 2012
Nevada Supreme Court Reno, NV  Procedural & Ethical Issues in Mediation for Settlement Judges 2013
Land Trust Alliance Rhode Island Mediating Conservation Disputes 2014
Nevada Supreme Court  Reno, NV       Techniques & Best Practices in Civil Mediation at the Appellate Level 2016
2016 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Big Sky, MT Mediation Techniques for Mediator and Lawyers 2016
State Bar of California Reno, NV Eliminating Cognitive Biases 2016
American Bar Association Reno, NV  First Offers and Counteroffers 2016
American Bar Association Reno, NV  Solutions for Common Ethics Issues in ADR 2017
Nevada Supreme Court Reno, NV  The Premediation Process:  A Facilitated Discussion for New and Experienced Settlement Judges 2018
Nevada Supreme Court Reno, NV Impasse and Ethics:  A Facilitated Discussion for New and Experienced Settlement Judges 2018
Nevada Supreme Court   Appellate Mediation: Tips, Tactics & Techniques 2020
Nevada Supreme Court   Using an Online Platform to Conduct Mediations 2020
UNR's Career Elokrations, Women in STEM Series, in 2021Reno, NVEffective Communication & Conflict Resolution - Presenter2021
Nevada Supreme Court   Joint Sessions vs. Caucuses 2022
Nevada Supreme Court   Overview of Common Procedural Issues for Settlement Judges 2022
Nevada Supreme Court   Online or In-Person, Psychological Insights for Supreme Court Settlement Judges 2022
Nevada Supreme CourtRenoPreparation, Stakeholders, Malpractice, and Agreements: Issues All Professional Mediators Will Encounter2024

Mediation and Other ADR Experience
State Bar of Nevada Nevada Fee Dispute Resolution Committee-Mediation of fee disputes between lawyers and clients 2011 Present

Nevada Supreme Court;California Court of Appeal; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal

Nevada and California Advocate in Numerous Appellate Mediations 2003 Present
Professional Organizations

  • American Bar Association: Section of Environment, Energy and Resources; Litigation Section; and Council of Appellate Lawyers
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • State Bar of California
  • Washoe County Bar Association
  • Northern Nevada Women Lawyers


  • Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Nevada Business Magazine's Legal Elite, Best Up and Coming (2012)
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers (2010)
  • "Top 20 Under 40" Award for Young Professionals in Reno-Tahoe Area (2008)
  • Women of Achievement Award Recipient (2005)