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Naman Howell Elects J.K. Leonard Firm President


Naman Howell is pleased to announce the election of J. K. Leonard as the Firm’s new President, by a unanimous vote of the Firm’s members. Previously the Executive Committee Member for the San Antonio office, Leonard succeeds L. Hayes Fuller, III who is assuming new duties as the Firm’s Chairman of the Board. Leonard is the first President of the Firm outside the original offices in Waco, Texas.

“I am extremely pleased that J.K. Leonard will be taking over as the President of Naman Howell,” said Fuller. “J.K. is a ‘go to’ advisor for all of his clients. His possesses extensive legal and managerial experience, sound business acumen, and demonstrable leadership ability; especially with other professional organizations such as ALFA International. He’s without a doubt the right person to be the Firm’s next President.”

“It is both humbling and a tremendous honor to have been selected by my partners to serve as the Firm’s President,” said Leonard. “I am fortunate to have so many remarkable examples of successful leadership all around me at Naman Howell and plan on working very hard to continue growing the Firm’s reputation for quality work provided by some of the most talented attorneys in Texas. Naman Howell is uniquely positioned to offer its clients quality legal work throughout the state of Texas and maintain the level of personal attention that so many find lacking in today’s world. I truly believe the future is very bright for Naman Howell and look forward to helping lead this outstanding organization.”

Based in San Antonio, TX, J.K. Leonard joined Naman Howell in 2011. His 30+ year experience includes a broad range of diverse litigation and counseling matters involving primarily product liability, complex torts, business/commercial disputes, and legal professional liability matters. He has been honored to twice serve as Chairman of ALFA International, a global legal network based in Chicago, Illinois ( Mr. Leonard has also lectured for clients, safety professionals and trade associations on issues related to both preventative and litigation issues.

He is a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), Trial Attorneys of America, and numerous other professional organizations. Mr. Leonard was voted by his peers for inclusion as a “Best Lawyer in America” for Commercial Litigation for 2019 and 2020. He has also been listed in the “Best Lawyers in San Antonio” under the categories of Commercial Litigation (2007, 2012), Product Liability defense (2009) and Personal Injury Defense (2017 and 2019) based on a poll of practicing attorneys and as published in the Scene in SA magazine. Mr. Leonard received a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and was graduated with highest honors from St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio.

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