Leonard Rodes

Leonard A. Rodes




Princeton University,
A.B. 1979

Boston University Law School, J.D. 1983

Bar Admissions

New York State Bar, 1984

Florida State Bar, 2017

U.S. Courts of Appeals:
Second, Third and Fourth Circuits

U.S. District Courts:
Southern District of New York
Eastern District of New York
Southern District of Florida

Work History

Grutman Miller, associate, 1983-86

Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman, associate, 1986-88

Rosenman & Colin, associate, 1988-92

Trachtenberg Rodes & Friedberg LLP, partner, 1992-2021

The Rodes Firm PLLC, 2021-Present

Leonard A. Rodes


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Leonard A. Rodes

For over 35 years, Len has helped hundreds of companies and individuals resolve business conflicts with contract counterparties, partners, investors, employees, employers, and regulators. His clients have included hedge fund managers, real estate developers, large retailers, telecom companies, PE firms, a major music publisher, advertising and marketing companies, an agribusiness, an oil trading giant, banks, and manufacturers, among many other small and large companies and their owners and managers.

Len approaches his clients’ legal challenges with empathy and practicality. He explains: “I know that business disputes are, at best, costly distractions to my clients. At worst, some disputes pose existential threats to the companies I serve. I strive to find creative solutions that will end disputes as quickly and efficiently as possible. Sometimes aggressive litigation, involving discovery, motion practice and trial, is unavoidable. But more often than not, a client’s most important objectives can be achieved earlier in the process, perhaps by identifying a flaw in the adversary’s position and exploiting it with an early motion, perhaps through a negotiation prompted by a compelling presentation of a client’s position. Identifying and navigating the shortest path to an optimal outcome is not only what my clients want; it is also the greatest source of my professional satisfaction.”

After graduating from Princeton University and Boston University Law School, Len began his career as a litigator with legendary trial attorney Roy Grutman, and worked as an associate in the litigation departments of Kronish Lieb (now known as Cooley LLP) and Rosenman & Colin LLP (now known as Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP), before co-founding disputes boutique Trachtenberg Rodes & Friedberg LLP and serving as its managing partner until 2021.

A careful thinker and an experienced, effective and cost-conscious litigator.