Jenica Leonard

Jenica Leonard

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Jenica Leonard is a Bay Area native who was born in San Francisco and raised in Redwood City, CA, but now resides in the North Bay.  She is a proud second-generation “lady-lawyer.”  Jenica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Justice from American University (summa cum laude) in Washington, D.C. and a Juris Doctorate from University of San Francisco, School of Law. Among other law school activities, she served as the Managing Editor of the University of San Francisco Law Review (2005-2006).  She graduated in the top 25 percent of her law school class in 2006.

Prior to joining V. James DeSimone Law (Of Counsel), Jenica was a Deputy District Attorney for the County of Sonoma for 15 years. As a prosecutor, she dealt directly with the public, victims of crime, and law enforcement officers, giving her tremendous insight into a multitude of lived experiences.  Her experience “within” law enforcement gives her a unique perspective when prosecuting Wrongful Death and other police abuse and misconduct cases.  She is a seasoned trial attorney with 15+ years of courtroom experience, managing and trying a wide range of complex cases to jury verdict, including homicide, three-strikes, gang, organized retail theft, narcotics, domestic violence, and sexual assault cases.  

Embarking on a new career path—Plaintiff-side Civil Rights law—Jenica seamlessly transitioned on to Mr. DeSimone’s team, gearing up for trial against the Los Angeles Police Department in Stern v. City of Los Angeles, et al. within weeks of being hired.  She is both hands-on and boots-on-the-ground, engaging in discovery, drafting motions, legal research, trial preparation, and trial.  Jenica was instrumental in securing a $6,000,000.00 verdict in Sutherland v. City of Stockton, et al., a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the mother and children of Shayne Sutherland, killed by Stockton Police.

Jenica thrives on direct client contact and always makes time for human connection, ensuring each client knows their story and their truth are paramount.  Jenica’s own breast cancer diagnosis at the ripe age of 37 allows her to navigate even the most challenging circumstances with grace, empathy, and compassion.  Jenica’s life-long commitment to justice and being the voice for the forgotten, disempowered, and disenfranchised makes her a zealous advocate and a ferocious adversary. 



13160 Mindanao Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292