Michael E. Leaf
Firm: Pessin Katz Law, P.A.
Address: 901 Dulaney Valley Road, Suite 400
Towson, MD 21204
University: Calvert Hall College High School, 1969; University of Maryland, College Park, B.S., with honors, 1973; University of Baltimore, M.S., Taxation, 1983, University of Maryland, School of Law, J.D., 1976
Admitted: 1976, Maryland
Biography: “I am a seasoned lawyer with the depth of practical experience and knowledge needed to solve my clients' problems efficiently.” Professional ExperienceMike Leaf has over 35 years experience in real estate, land use, estate planning, probate, business law and litigation. He has represented landowners, buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants in the negotiation of sales, purchases, ground leases and has prepared all varieties of real estate documents. Mike has litigated many cases in the Circuit Court and has represented numerous clients in the Court of Special Appeals and Court of Appeals. He has served as Court appointed Personal Representative and Court appointed Trustee to oversee the development and sale of real estate. Mike has handled many zoning cases for landowners and contract purchasers and has represented clients in public works and other land development matters. He has formed homeowners and condominium associations and has represented homeowners associations and individuals in disputes with HOA’s. He has represented clients in construction and home improvement disputes.Mike also provides estate planning advice regarding wills, trusts, lifetime gifts and has formed limited liability companies for estate planning purposes. He represents trustees and personal representatives regarding probate matters. Mike has advised business owners and formed numerous corporations and limited liability companies and prepared employment agreements, non-compete agreements and non-disclosure agreements. Mike has represented many individuals and corporations before the Liquor Control Board and has represented clients regarding liquor licensing and the purchase and sale of restaurants, liquor stores and other businesses. Additional Information•AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell•Member, Maryland State Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission for Harford County, 1990-2002 •Member, Harford County Bar Association, President 1997-1998 •Member, Susquehanna Law Club (a law club of 26 judges and lawyers from Harford and Cecil Counties) •Member and Vice President, Eamonn J. Gordon Scholarship Fund, Inc. •Member, Maryland State Bar Association; Member, Section Council, Section of Real Property, Planning and Zoning; Chairman, 1991 Educational Program concerning “2020 Commission” at MSBA Annual Meeting, Vice Chairman, Governmental Controls; Committee on Resolution of Fee Disputes, Arbitrator •Instructor, MSBA “Professionalism” course for new admittees •Member, Subcommittee on the Review of Planning and Zoning Legislation, State of Maryland, Economic Growth, Resource Protection and Planning Commission, 1994-1999 •Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers, 2016 Community Involvement•Member, Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation, Board of Directors •Member, Harford County Association of Realtors; Affiliate Member of the Year, 1993 •Member, Greater Harford Committee •Member, Home Builders Association of Maryland, Harford County Chapter, Board of Directors •Director, Harford County Chamber of Commerce •Director, Community Foundation of Harford County •Member, Cecil County Chamber of Commerce •Harford Businesses for Responsible Government, Executive Committee, 1994-present; Vice Chair, 1997-2001; Chair 2001-present •Member and Secretary, Bel Air Downtown Alliance, 2001-2012 (Also at Bel Air Office)