Kenneth Leonetti is a trial lawyer and litigator who focuses on complex financial litigation; bankruptcy and corporate restructuring; and trade secret, software and licensing disputes. He is recognized in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and Massachusetts Super Lawyers for his effectiveness in bankruptcy litigation.More »
Ken’s bankruptcy practice spans all phases of corporate restructuring and bankruptcy-related litigation. He has represented debtors, creditors’ committees, secured creditors and third parties in restructurings, workouts, liquidations and adversary proceedings, and works with clients both within and outside of formal bankruptcy proceedings. Ken has also represented accounting firms in bankruptcy matters and related financial statement litigation. His public cases include representing the debtor in Radianse, Inc., Organogenesis Inc., Charles River Hospital and Foss Manufacturing Co.; and creditors’ committees in Malden Mills Industries, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Corporation, Palm Harbor One Development Corporation, New Seabury Properties and RJ Development, Inc.
Ken counsels clients and private investors in distressed situations, and advises high technology, pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients on bankruptcy-related issues in intellectual property licenses and in acquiring technology-related assets from insolvent entities (both under Section 363 and outside of bankruptcy proceedings).
Ken’s trial and litigation experience includes over 50 trials and arbitrations, and focuses on representing private equity and other investment funds, high technology companies and life science companies. He has a particular expertise in complex financial litigation, licensing disputes and trade secret litigation. Ken also has defended numerous public entities in land use and land valuation disputes, including the Massachusetts Port Authority, Mystic Valley Development Commission, City of Malden, Worcester Redevelopment Authority, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the City of Chelsea.
In addition to his litigation practice, Ken plays a lead role in firm governance, serving as a member of the firm's Executive Committee and Distribution Committee. He also has an active public and pro bono practice in his areas of emphasis, including representation of indigent individuals, victims of mortgage fraud and public interest organizations in bankruptcy-related matters.
Ken served as a Special Assistant District Attorney for Norfolk County, Massachusetts in 1999 and was the lead prosecutor in more than 25 trials. Before joining Foley Hoag he was law clerk to the Honorable Charles P. Sifton, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. From 1988 to 1990, Ken was a management consultant with Strategic Planning Associates (now Mercer Management Consulting) in Washington, D.C., advising corporations on strategic, organizational and restructuring issues and specializing in the health care and telecommunications industries.