State Bar Number 12214700
Attorney Bob Leonard Jr. (Robert W. Leonard, Jr.) is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a claim that fewer than one-percent of Texas lawyers can make. Bob has been serving citizens since the 1980s when he was an elected State Representative for western Tarrant County.
From the Capitol to the Courthouse, Bob Leonard is a gifted negotiator and fearless, vigorous champion for any cause he embraces. In addition to his forceful litigation skills, Bob is a trained and talented mediator. From 2003 through 2015 Bob has been a Top Attorney in Fort Worth Texas Magazine. In 2013, Fort Worth Business Press selected Bob to be a Power Attorney.
As a an expert Fort Worth Divorce Lawyer, Adoption Attorney and Child Custody Attorney, Bob Leonard helps you achieve winning results. His proven record as an Appellate Attorney and Guardianship Attorney guarantees you excellent representation.
Whether your case is simple or complex, you want Bob Leonard’s cool head and steady hand to steer you right to get the results you deserve.
- Family Law
- Estate Planning
- All Texas Courts, 1975
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
- Texas Board of Legal Specialization-Board Certified in Family Law
- St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
- J.D. – 1974
- Austin College, Sherman, Texas
- B.A. – 1972
- Preparing for the Death of a Family Member or Other Loved One: What do I do? (Texas Christian University 2015)
- Moderator, “How to Market Your Law Practice”, (Travis County Bar Association, Solo-Small Firm Section Meeting, 2000)
- People’s Law School (Tarrant County Bar Association, various years)
- Discovery Tricks and Tips ( Family Law Section, Texas Bar Association, 2012)
- Family Law for Probate Practitioners (Tarrant County Probate Law Bar Association (November, 2012)
- Prove-ups (Tarrant County Bar Association)
Honors and Awards
- Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
- Top Attorney-Fort Worth Texas Magazine – 2003 through 2016
- Power Attorney-Fort Worth Business Press – 2013
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- State Bar of Texas, Member
- Tarrant County Bar Association, Member
- Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association
- Tarrant County Probate Bar Association
- Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
- Texas Bar Foundation
- College of State Bar of Texas, Member
- Family, Administrative, Small Firms, and Litigation Sections of Local and State Bars Associations, Member
- Travis County Bar Association, Judicial Affairs Committee, 2000 – Present
- Travis County Bar Association, Solo-Small Firm Section, Chairman, 2002
- Travis County Bar Association, Director, 2002
- Former board member and president of Guardianship Services, Inc., a charitable organization providing services on behalf of incapacitated persons.
- Former board Member of Harris Hospital
- Former board member of Easter Seals (name at that time)
- Texas House of Representatives, Committee on Public Safety, 1979 – 1988
- Chairman, Public Safety
- Texas House of Representatives, Workers’ Compensation Subcommittee, Chair, 1979 – 1988
- Texas House of Representatives, Health Care for Low Income Texans Interim Committee, Chair, 1979 – 1988
- Texas House of Representatives, Appropriations and State Affairs, 1979 – 1988
- Texas House of Representatives, Labor and Employment Practices, Vice Chair, 1979 – 1988
- Cantey and Hanger, Austin, Texas, Of Counsel, 1988 – 1989
- Private Practice, 1989 – 1997
- Hanna-Leonard PLLC, Associate, 1997 – 2002
- Private Practice 2002 to present
Texas’ “Abandoned Baby Bill” or “Baby Moses Law” — In 1999, Bob Leonard helped spearhead and pass this critical legislation to protect children. If someone cannot take care of a baby, there are locations around the state to leave the child. These are truly safe havens for children. The person who drops the baby off does not face prosecution. At the time, there were no such laws on the United States; now there are similar laws in every state.
This child custody and parental rights matter involved a child born to a partner in a same sex couple. The biological mother’s partner attempted to assert parental rights, but the lower court ruled against her. Bob Leonard was successful in his arguments in the lower court disallowing parental rights and access by the biological mother’s partner. Bob also prosecuted the appeal and the Second Court of Appeals upheld the lower court decision.
02-12-00129-CV, In RE William J. Marks
In the Second Court of Appeals, Bob Leonard challenged a habeas corpus filing by his trial court opponent. The appellate court ruled against the other party and for Bob’s client.
02-06-00180-CV, In the Interest of B.C. and O.C., Children
This termination of parental rights case involved the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services. Bob Leonard was not successful in convincing his client to abide by the lower court ruling regarding access to unsuitable persons and this matter. Although the Second Court of Appeals upheld the lower court ruling, the district attorney argued that the case was not properly prosecuted and Bob prevailed in that argument.
02-04-00169-CV, In the Matter of the Marriage of Rene R. Hovious and Jeffrey Charles Hovious
This divorce case involved a ruling of an invalid marriage due to bigamy, reimbursement claims and claims against the lower court for allowing the withdrawal of an attorney during the pendency of the case. Bob Leonard successfully argued the matter in the appellate court and the Second Court of Appeals upheld the lower court ruling.