Bob Leonard has been an attorney with Bell and Pollock for more than 15 years and specializes in Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation. He is licensed to practice law in both State District Courts and the Federal District Court for Colorado. He has successfully represented clients and worked with the insurance companies to get the most significant recoveries possible. He has settled several million-dollar cases. He attributes his success in large part to his diverse experience.
Bob graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981 with a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MBA. His first job was as a process engineer with Chevron USA in Midland, Texas, where he worked with natural gas processing facilities in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Texas. In 1983 was transferred to Houston, Texas, to work for Chevron geosciences. In 1984 he was offered a position as a staff engineer and moved to Denver.
In 1988, Chevron closed their offices in Denver, and instead of transferring to California, he chose to stay in Denver. He applied and was accepted at the University of Denver College of Law in 1989 and received his Juris Doctor in 1992. While in law school, his focus was on litigation and environmental law. He spent several semesters working with the student advocacy program representing indigent parties in criminal and domestic matters.
After receiving his JD, Bob remained interested in hazardous waste management and environmental issues. He chose an environmental staff position at The Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site, a decommissioned nuclear weapons facility. He was responsible for developing policies and procedures to manage hazardous materials and chemicals for the Department of Energy. He and spent several years with Clean Harbors, a hazardous waste management company.
Realizing that his passion and the reason he attended law school was in the trial work, Bob opened a law practice in 2000. He specialized in collections, domestic law, and personal injury. Bob joined Bell and Pollock in April 2004 after having a general legal practice focusing on criminal defense, domestic relations, and personal injury. In his tenure with Bell & Pollock, he has settled hundreds of personal injury cases and Worker’s compensation claims using the multipronged approach to representing his clients.
He understands that not all clients are the same and that the same approach does not work for every client. He believes that to be a good advocate, you must use a multipronged approach:
1. Educate the client: A good advocate must educate the client by explaining the processes and the relevant law related to their claim.
2. Evaluate the claim: A good advocate evaluates the claim and manages expectations.
3. Advocate for the client: A good advocate will represent the client zealously.
He attributes his success to this approach.
Bob hails from El Paso, Texas but considers himself a native of Colorado because he has been here more than 36 years. His three children were born in Denver. His two sons went to Colorado State University, and his daughter attended the University of Colorado. Colorado is home. When not in the office, he enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, bicycling, and skiing. When his kids were younger, he spent more than ten years coaching children’s soccer. His new passion is mining for minerals and gems and helping his son in his rock and mineral business. Of course, that doesn’t affect or change his passion for representing injured victims against insurance companies.