Robert E. Leone, J.D., Ph.D.

Executive Director

Phone: (281) 727-8473
Email: drbob@leonefirm.com

Dr. Bob is the proud husband of Kelly Shannon Leone and father of Natalie Leone, Veronica Leone, John Maniscalco and Shannon Oliver. He is also a grandfather, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, group counselor, and attorney.

Practice Areas
Litigation Strategy, Jury Research, Witness Preparation.

Education
Psychology:  Fairleigh Dickinson University (B. A. Psychology, 1974, M. A. Psychology, 1976). Graduate Fellowship 1974-76; United States International University, San Diego, CA,  (Ph.D. Clinical Psychology 1982). Graduate Fellowship 1978-81, Editor & President, USIU Doctoral Society 1980-82).

Law:  Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (J.D., cum laude 1993).  Now Texas A&M School of Law. Managing Editor Law Review, Order of the Barristers, Student Bar Association President, Moot Court President, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity International, Student Dean, Student Liason, Marshal, Master Inspector, Master Alumnus, Vice Chancellor, Chancellor

Professional Experience
Psychology Experience and Honors:  Licensed Clinical Psychologist, CA & TX.  Director of Student and Community Psychology Clinics 1982-86, United States International University,  Associate Professor of Psychology 1982-86, United States International University,  Private Practice, A Center for Psychological Services, La Jolla, CA. 1983-86  Seminar Leader, Life Design Seminars, Baton Rouge, LA 1983-92.  Director of Research, The Wilmington Institute of Trial and Settlement Science, 1991-97.  Texas Psychological Association

Legal Experience and Honors:  Admitted to the bar, 1994, Texas.  Member:  Houston Bar Association, Dallas Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Supreme Court of U.S. International Chancellor, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity International, 2015 to 2017.  Newsweeks Top 100 lawyers in United States.

Partial List of Important Cases

Personal Injury:
Aber v. Carborundum  [$115,000,000 verdict]
Johnson v Dow Corning  [$35,000,000. verdict]
McCoy v. Compressor Engineering
Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants [Cup of Coffee Case $2,860,000 verdict]

Corporate Litigation:
Rubicon Petroleum Co. v AMOCO [$450,000,000. verdict]
Shlumberger [$72,000,000. verdict]
Edinberg v. Valero Energy [$13,700,000. verdict]
Metal Hip Cases [app $2,000,000,000.]
Met Life [$20,000,000.]
Takeda & Lilly [$9,000,000,000.]
Talc [$4,500,000,000.]
Opioids [Settlement]

Libel:
Turner v. CBS [$35,000,000.]
MMAR Group v. Dow Jones & Co. [250,000,000. Verdict]

Criminal:
Selena (Themes & Strategies)
Susan Smith (Venue Selection)
Oklahoma Bombing (Venue Selection)
Skin Head Shooting, Fort Worth (Themes & Strategies)

Kelly S. Leone

Chief Financial Officer

Phone: (832) 247-4837
Email: kelly@leonefirm.com

Kelly Leone serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the Leone Institute.  She has worked quietly and usually in the background along side her husband, Dr. Bob Leone, for nearly 20 years assisting him in all areas in the practice of trial science. 

Kelly graduated from Western Illinois University with a B.A. in Sociology.  She then spent many years raising a family.  From 2000 until the present, she has assisted Dr Leone in recovering landmark verdicts in the billions of dollars in damages for clients in Pharmaceutical Liability, Asbestos Litigation, Products Liability, Civil Litigation, Mass Torts, and Personal Injury. 

Kelly resides in Houston with her husband and their beloved dogs.  While she can count numerous victories for the clients she serves, she is most proud of being a wife, mom and grandma.  She enjoys spending time with her children, grandchildren and her dogs. 

Natalie K. Leone, J.D., M.B.A.

Trial Scientist

Phone: (270) 903-2862
Email: natalie@leonefirm.com

Natalie Leone is a founding member of the Leone Institute. She has been practicing law and jury science since 2008. Natalie’s has extensive experience in both civil and criminal law on both sides of the aisle. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas Bar and the State Bar of Oklahoma.

Natalie graduated from Oral Roberts University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Management, The University of Tulsa College of Business in 2008 with a Master of Business Administration, and the University of Tulsa School of Law in 2008 with her Juris Doctorate. Prior to joining The Leone Institute, she worked as an associate at a Houston defense firm where she focused primarily on insurance defense and estate planning, worked for Bank of Oklahoma as the primary tax guru for large estates, practiced with a boutique estate planning firm, and served as first a prosecutor then a public defender for Tulsa County. In addition to her legal experience, Natalie has also launched several businesses as an entrepreneur.

Natalie currently resides in Tulsa with her three fabulous children and their dog, cat, and goldfish. She is a member of All Souls Church and enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing boardgames, doing home improvement projects, and ballroom dancing.

Veronica M. Leone, J.D.

Trial Scientist

Phone: (310) 200-7746
Email: veronica@leonefirm.com

Veronica Leone, J.D. has been with The Leone Institute since its inception.  She has studied trial science under Dr. Bob Leone since the fifth grade and has been practicing law for a decade.  She is a member of the State Bar of California.

Veronica graduated magna cum laude from The University of Texas at Austin in 2007, with a Bachelor of Science in Communications—Radio, Television, Film, and from Pepperdine School of Law in 2013 with a Juris Doctorate and a certification in dispute resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.

Prior to joining The Leone Institute, she worked extensively in the entertainment arena in talent management, film and television production, and as a transactional entertainment attorney. As legal and business counsel at Starz Entertainment, she worked on such productions as POWER, Black Sails, and Ash vs Evil Dead.  Most recently she has founded her own life coaching enterprise.

Veronica currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is an organizer of the Los Angeles Beach Volleyball League, and enjoys spending time on the beach, yoga, exploring human design, and connecting with friends.