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Leo W. Desmond, Esq.

Leo W. Desmond received a Bachelor of Arts from Rollins College (1980), a Masters of Business Administration from Fordham University (Beta Gamma Sigma 1988), and a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from New York Law School (1994). After graduating law school Mr. Desmond co-authored “Determining Excessive Trading Options Accounts: A Synthetic Valuation Approach,” 23 U. of Dayton L. Rev., 316 (1997).

Prior to practicing law, Mr. Desmond was the Managing Partner of L.W. Desmond & Company and was an options floor trader, holding options memberships at the New York Stock Exchange and the American Stock Exchange. Additionally, he was previously a member of the New York Futures Exchange as well as a Vice President and Director of Risk Analysis for a Merrill Lynch subsidiary.

Mr. Desmond has served as counsel on over a 150 securities class actions since 1995. Additionally, he has served as lead class counsel in numerous certified Fair Debt Collection Practices Act actions in the Southern District of Florida.

Education:

  • B.A., Rollins College, 1980

  • M.B.A., Fordham University, 1988
    (Beta Gamma Sigma)

  • J.D., New York Law School, 1994
    (cum laude)

State Bar Admissions:

  • Florida

  • New York

  • New Jersey

  • Colorado

Federal Bar Admission:

  • First Circuit Court of Appeals

  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals

  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals

  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

  • Southern District of Florida

  • Middle District of Florida

  • Southern District of New York​

  • District of New Jersey

  • District of Colorado

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