Kristen Leonard - A Charlotte Divorce Attorney

Kristen Leonard

Lead Litigator

Charlotte divorce attorney Kristen LeonardGrowing up as a product of divorce, Charlotte divorce attorney Kristen Leonard went through challenging custody, alimony and ED battles. That personal experience prepared her for a career practicing family law.

“The personal nature of family law is quite appealing to my personality and is not as sterile as typical financial services litigation type practice,” Ms. Leonard said. “I enjoy being in a courtroom, and family law allows for real courtroom experience, which actually relates to a tangible result. The multifaceted nature of family law is also appealing, and it’s certainly  never boring.”

Ms. Leonard’s own life experiences have instilled in her an empathy toward her clients and gives her a relatability toward what they are going through.

“I come from the now standard ‘modern family,’ where in my immediate family I have dealt with divorce, custody/paternity issues, adoption, DOMA, and move-away custody issues, to name a few,” she said.

Although divorce is a challenging time for everyone involved, Ms. Leonard always keeps her clients’ best interests in mind

“People hire attorneys while going through a domestic dispute because we have the ability to view the matter clearly and offer advice as an outsider,” Ms. Leonard said. “This perspective allows us to reach resolutions and come up with creative solutions which the client might not otherwise consider.”

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Leonard is licensed to practice in North Carolina and Florida.


Ms. Leonard earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida. She received her Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Ms. Leonard practiced family law. She also previously served as the Broward Assistant State Attorney’s Office Prosecutor.


  • Florida Bar Association, 2008
  • North Carolina Bar Association, 2011
  • Bench Bar Liaison Committee, 2014
  • Junior League of Charlotte, 2012

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

Ms. Leonard is slated to give a presentation in October 2015 regarding finances in family law through HalfMoon Seminars.



“Ms. Leonard has always been incredibly receptive to my questions and needs. You see commercials for hospice care where they promote treating the whole person — that is what I felt like I received from Kristen yesterday in mediation and the days before. Kristen is the full package, sort of like a wholistic attorney. Ms. Leonard has an incredible amount of knowledge and wisdom and is very easy to communicate with. I took a chance with your firm, and I am so happy that I made the decision that I did.”


“I think very highly of Ms. Leonard and have been very impressed by the attention to my case and responsiveness. Ms. Leonard knows my case as well as I do and seems to genuinely care for my best interests here. I am very thankful to be working with her and your firm.”


“…  I feel I have someone in my corner with the bucket and towel. She’s not leaving the Vaseline off the gloves, so the punches stick. I’m just so pleased with you all. I’m not holding you all to any expectations that can’t be realized. Before I met Cordell & Cordell, I felt lost. Now with you all on board, I feel so well connected. My manager in my office said if he had to do it all over again, he’d use Cordell & Cordell.”


“I am very happy that I have been assigned to Ms. Leonard, I feel as though Kristen takes the time to get to know me, my case and what I am seeking in terms of my goals. I don’t see where she finds time in the day to do as much as she does!”


“Kristen’s responsiveness and bedside manner were superb; I think those are her two greatest attributes. I had an overwhelmingly positive experience with the firm …”


“Kristen is wonderful. She is the reason I am with the firm. I followed her here.  She is doing a great job understanding my position and hearing my thoughts and taking my opinions into consideration, even if she does not agree. She is not in it for the money. I feel like she genuinely cares about me and the outcome of my case.”


“…Kristen has really been on top of her game.  I’ve been going through this for 6 years and I just wish I’d called you all first. … I have nothing but the utmost respect for Kristen and your firm.”


“I just think the level of professionalism and the depth of knowledge Kristen has to offer has been fantastic.  I’ve been well pleased so far.”


“I’ve been going through the process with my ex-wife for six years now.  This is the first time I’ve felt comfortable; I’m not even nervous walking into court.  Kristen has done an absolutely wonderful job!  She has stuck by me through some very difficult times.”


“I respect Kristen and appreciate [the] work that she did. What she did at the very end put us over the top. I started with Cordell & Cordell in April 2011. The judge complimented Kristen on the work that she had done … and [said] that she was an excellent attorney! Those comments were made in front of six other attorneys, potential clients, and opposing counsel. That was great! We got exactly what we had asked for in my case.”


“Kristen was always thorough, professional and timely.  I couldn’t ask for anything more.”


“Kristen was really helpful.  When we started out I didn’t know anything about the process, but with her help I was able to make decisions to protect and cover myself.  And we were able to get things done rather quickly.”


“Kristen has been great in advising me and making sure what I am asking is not only in my best interest but my children’s. [I am] very happy with her services.”


“Kristen was fantastic! … Kristen is a great attorney. She was a breath of fresh air.”


“Kristen Leonard is exceptional and I am very, very grateful for the time and effort she has brought to my case. I only wish she was experienced in other practice groups – if I ever get out from under with this divorce and find myself financially secure then I would solicit Ms. Leonard to take care of all my personal legal matters. I consider her service to be excellent, her professionalism to be just that – professional. And I consider her legal mind for divorce matters to be as sharp as a tack and I’m of the opinion that would translate to other legal categories as well. She is a valuable asset for Cordell & Cordell.”