Petar M. Leonard
Petar has focused his practice almost exclusively on domestic relations since graduation from law school. Petar’s practice combines impeccable client service with a pragmatic, results-driven mindset to achieve client goals effectively and efficiently. Petar has successfully represented clients in cases with issues spanning the domestic-relations spectrum, including divorce, legal separation, parenting, alimony, child support, relocation, enforcement and modification.
Petar employs a variety of alternative dispute resolution methods in his cases including settlement conferences, mediation, neutral case evaluation and collaborative law, which often lend themselves to more creative, amicable, and “out-of-the-box” resolution than traditional litigation. However, Petar recognizes that not all cases are able to be resolved out of court. When a matter must be litigated, Petar draws from his extensive courtroom experience to achieve the desired results for his clients.
Petar obtained his J.D. from the University of New Hampshire School of Law, graduating in the top 15% of his class. Petar was accepted into, and graduated from, the nationally-renowned Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program. During law school, Petar served as a judicial intern to Hon. (then Master) Henrietta Luneau, at the Brentwood Circuit Court and as a judicial extern to Senior Associate Justice Gary E. Hicks of the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
Since graduating law school, Petar has been an active member of both the New Hampshire Bar Association and New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association. Petar presently chairs the NHBA Family Law Section, an elected position which he has held since 2017. In addition to serving on the NHBA CLE (“continuing legal education”) committee for several years, and presenting at and/or chairing multiple CLEs on family law topics; he has also authored a variety of family law articles for the New Hampshire Bar News. Petar serves as an adjunct family law professor for the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors program, a position he has held since February 2014.
Having grown up in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Petar is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking, sailing, climbing, kayaking, snowboarding, wakeboarding and cross-country skiing.
Professional and Community Involvement
- Chair of the Family Law Section of the NHBA (2017 – Present)
- Adjunct Family Law Professor at University of New Hampshire School of Law (Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program Miniseries)
- Active member of the New Hampshire Bar Association and the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association
- Past member of the NHBA CLE and Micro-CLE Committees
- Active member of the Lake Sunapee Yacht Club
Honors & Distinctions
- Selected as “Rising Star” for Family Law in Super Lawyers: (2015 – 2018)
- Graduate of the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program (2013)
- National Society of Collegiate Scholars
- “A Review of Family Division Rule 1.25-A in Action.” Published in NH Bar News, November 16, 2016.
- “Postnuptial Agreements: A New Frontier in the World of Marital Contracts.” Published by NHBA CLE, May 15, 2015.
- “De Facto Divorce? Potential Limitations of Postnuptial Agreements,” co-authored with Heather Krans. Published in NH Bar News, November 19, 2014.
- “Defining ‘Gross Income’ for Child Support Calculations Presents Challenges,” co-authored with Heather Krans. Published in NH Bar News, November 15, 2013.