It was family law attorney David Grund, who wanted to hire Leavitt, a former appellate court judge, to consult on appeals.
“When I got off the bench, I wasn’t sure I wanted to go back into criminal work for the reason that I had kind of done that already. But that’s where I had drifted until I got a call one day from David, my partner, who had argued two cases before me in the appellate court. He lost both, so there could have been no bias shown when I first met him and we had gotten friendly,” Leavitt says, laughing.
The consulting went so well that Grund soon approached Leavitt with a new idea — joining forces to create the high-end family law firm that now sits in a stately North Side Chicago greystone.