Overview

Leonid Feller is a partner in Kirkland’s Chicago office. A former federal prosecutor, Lenny concentrates his practice in the areas of white collar criminal defense and government investigations, defending corporations and individuals in federal and state criminal, civil, and regulatory proceedings, including in connection with allegations of health care fraud, securities fraud, antitrust violations, consumer fraud, and environmental crimes. Lenny also has broad trial and appellate experience in all aspects of complex commercial litigation, including False Claims Act suits, multidistrict litigation, mass tort and product liability litigation, and contract disputes in federal and state courts throughout the United States.

Lenny is also a lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School, where he has taught courses on federal criminal prosecution, investigation and defense. He is the co-author of Criminal Pretrial Advocacy 2d Ed. (West 2016) and numerous other scholarly works.

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Thought Leadership

Publications

Criminal Pretrial Advocacy 2d Ed. (with P. Henning et al.) (West 2016)

Criminal Pretrial Advocacy (with P. Henning et al.) (West 2013)

The Jurisdictional Entrapment Defense, 98 KY. L.J. 103 (2010)

The Case for Federal Preemption of State Dealer Franchise Laws, 11 U. PA. J. BUS. L. 909 (2009)

Annual Survey of Michigan Law, Civil Rights, 55 Wayne L. Rev. 119 (2009)

Help Refinance Homes To Boost Economy At Little Cost, Op-Ed, Detroit Free Press, Feb. 18, 2009

What The Auto Industry Needs To Survive, Op-Ed, Detroit Free Press, Nov. 12, 2008

Seminars

Innocence Lost Conference, FBI New Agent Training, Cambridge, MA, September 14, 2010

Protecting Victims of Child Prostitution, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Alexandria, VA, March 31, 2010

Protecting Victims of Child Prostitution, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Phoenix, AZ, December 17, 2009

Innocence Lost: Investigation and Prosecution of Sex Trafficking of Children, National Advocacy Center, Columbia, SC, August 12, 2009

2009 Innocence Lost National Initiative, St. Louis, MO, June 3, 2009

Human Trafficking Conference, Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice, Traverse City, MI, May 20, 2008

Project Safe Childhood, Compuware Corporation, Detroit, MI, July 23, 2007

Recognition

University of Michigan Law School, Lecturer (2009–present)

  • Federal Prosecution and Defense

  • Federal Investigation and Prosecution

Wayne State University Law School, Adjunct Professor (2008–11)

  • Criminal Procedure II

  • Counterterrorism Law

  • Advanced Topics In Criminal Law

Named an Illinois Rising Star (2013–2016) by Super Lawyers magazine.

Glencoe Caucus School Board Nominating Committee (2012–14)

Harvard University Schools Committee (2008–11)

Harvard Law School Alumni Association of Eastern Michigan, Vice President (2010–11)

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, YAD, Board of Directors (2009–11)

Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit, Board of Directors (2009–10)

Memberships & Affiliations

Member of the U.S. Courts Committee of the State Bar of Michigan (2010–13)

Attorney Discipline Board panelist, State Bar of Michigan (2010–11)

Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2001Illinois
  • 2010Michigan

Court Experience

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Languages

  • English
  • Russian

Education

  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude2000

    Irving Oberman Memorial Award

    Editor, Journal of Law and Public Policy

    Harvard Legal Aid Bureau

  • University of MichiganA.B., Economics & Political ScienceHighest Distinction1996

    Osterweil Prize in Economics

    Crime beat reporter for the Michigan Daily