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Anthony M. Leones

Managing Shareholder, Walnut Creek
Tel: 925.935.9400
Email: tony.leones@msrlegal.com

Anthony M. Leones

Managing Shareholder, Walnut Creek

Tel: 925.935.9400
Email:

EXPERIENCE
Tony is the firm’s Managing Shareholder and Chief Executive Officer. He oversees the implementation of the firm's strategic plan, manages the firm’s main and branch offices and it’s practice groups.

In his practice, Tony represents Fortune 500 companies, corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, media and advertising companies, developers, property owners, retailers, financial institutions and construction companies before administrative agencies and state and federal courts.

Tony has managed a wide range of litigation and land use matters for his clients, with an emphasis in eminent domain/inverse condemnation; commercial lease disputes; zoning, planning, permitting, regulatory and code compliance matters; environmental litigation; easements; and general business and commercial litigation.

EDUCATION
J.D., University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law (1996)

  • International Moot Court Honors Board
  • Honors in Trial and Oral Advocacy

B.A., University of California, Davis (1993)

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
Litigation

  • Represent business owners, property owners and tenants, in eminent domain and inverse condemnation actions involving various public projects throughout the State of California.
  • Represented a corporate vice president of a national billboard advertising company in federal court against  antitrust violations, claims of intentional interference with prospective economic advantage and public and private nuisance related to alleged planning code violations.  Successfully brought a motion to dismiss on grounds that a Release and Covenant not to Sue barred the entire action.  The judgment was appealed by the Plaintiff and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court's decision in favor of our client.
  • Represented a real estate developer in an action by the California Native Plant Society challenging a Clean Water Act section 404 Wetlands Permit issued by the Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Represent Solar Energy companies in various quiet title actions to terminate dormant mineral rights.

Land Use

  • Represent a national billboard advertising company in the permitting process, and in various state and local regulatory proceedings.
  • Represented a self storage company in obtaining approval for signage at its new facility in Corte Madera. Successfully handled the company’s appeal of Corte Madera’s denial of a sign permit application before the Planning Commission, arguing that the permit application is consistent with the Zoning Ordinance, Specific Plan and prior decisions of the Planning Commission.

PUBLICATIONS
Articles / Book

News / Media

ASSOCIATIONS

  • Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA)
  • The Elios Society
  • Hellenic Law Society
  • Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA)
  • State Bar of California

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • Martindale-Hubbell – AV Preeminent Rated (2011 – 2017)
  • American Lawyer Media – “San Francisco’s Top Rated Lawyers” (2013)