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Leonard A. Bellavia

Leonard A. Bellavia

Founding Partner

Founding partner of the law firm of Bellavia Blatt, PC, Leonard A. Bellavia, Esq., is a nationally recognized authority in the field of automotive franchise law. Mr. Bellavia spent his life in the automobile business, as his family once owned one of the largest dealer groups in the New York area.

Mr. Bellavia represents thousands of automobile dealerships across the country in all aspects of commercial litigation and buy-sell transactions, and has been instrumental in negotiating the sales of hundreds of dealerships. He has achieved national recognition for advocating the mass action litigation model on behalf of franchised automobile dealers, and has successfully implemented this strategy in the following actions:

Mr. Bellavia also has commenced mass action lawsuits on behalf of hundreds of dealers in the United States District Courts against Daimler Chrysler, Ford, GM, Snap-On Tools, and the Tribune Company.

A regularly quoted source of comment for Automotive News and Auto Dealer Monthly, Mr. Bellavia is a regular speaker for national automotive and marine-related trade organizations. He serves as Chair of the Automotive Franchise Law Section of the Franchise Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association and is the former Chairperson of the Litigation Section of the National Association of Dealer Counsel (NADC) and was a member of its Board of Directors.

Mr. Bellavia has been endorsed by the Marine Retailers Association of America (MRAA) as its recommended franchise counsel to over 5,000 marine dealers nationwide.

Practice Areas
  • Automotive Franchise Law
  • Dealership Buy-Sell Transactions
  • Complex Federal and State Court Litigation
  • Dealership Corporate Matters
  • St. John’s University School of Law (JD, 1982)
  • Boston College (BS, 1979)
Bar Admissions
  • New York State Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
Leadership Positions
  • Event Founder and Chair – Cruisin’ for the Cure, Prostate Cancer Foundation
  • Former National Association of Dealer Counsel Chair of Litigation
  • Chair of Automotive Franchise Law Section of State Bar Association
  • Marine Retailers Association of America Endorsement as outside counsel to 5,000 Marine Dealers nationwide
  • Recipient of the Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award for providing free legal services to indigent New Yorkers
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