Colin is a management-side labor and employment lawyer who works with clients throughout Central New York, the Mohawk Valley and the Southern Tier of New York.

His practice includes traditional labor-related work, including collective bargaining, labor arbitrations and agency matters before the NLRB and PERB. Colin also represents employers in federal and state anti-discrimination litigation and counsels human resources professionals on wide-ranging legal issues, including wage and hour, employee discipline and the New York State Labor Law.

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  • Listed in:
    • The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management, 2020-2024 (listed for 5 years)
      • Lawyer of the Year (Syracuse), Employment Law - Management, 2022
    • New York Super Lawyers®, Employment and Labor, 2023
  • New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
    • Managing Editor, New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Journal
  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Labor and Employment Relations Association, CNY Chapter, Immediate Past President
  • Lead Articles Editor, Connecticut Insurance Law Journal
  • Member, Connecticut Moot Court Board

  • An Interview with Colin Leonard, Union Negotiations, Legally Bond Podcast, February 13, 2023
  • Employment Law Developments for the Construction Industry and Legal Compliance for 2022, Dannible & McKee Annual Construction Conference, December 15, 2021
  • Panel Chair, Candor Before the Tribunal, NYSBA 2019 Annual Meeting - Labor and Employment Law Section, January 18, 2019
  • Labor & Employment Law Developments for the Construction Industry, Dannible & McKee Annual Construction Conference, December 1, 2016
  • Panel Member: Hot Topics in Labor & Benefits for Manufacturers, Dannible & McKee 2016 Manufacturing Conference, October 18, 2016
  • Deep Dive into FLSA, Society for Human Resource Management of Tompkins County, November 10, 2015
  • New York State Community College Human Resource Director's Meeting, June 11-12, 2015

  • Colin Leonard and James Rooney, "Employers: Beware of unemployment insurance reform in New York,", December 13, 2013
  • "From Peoria to Peru: NLRB Doctrine in a Social Media World," Syracuse Law Review, vol. 63, n. 2, 2013

  • Vice President of the Board, Landmark Theatre
  •  Secretary, Nascentia Health
  • Chair, Bond Recruiting Committee