Leonard A. Bellavia, ESQ
Founding Partner

Leonard Bellavia, Esq, Founding Partner

Founder and Senior Partner Leonard A. Bellavia understands the issues and challenges small businesses face. His family owned one of the largest automobile dealer groups in the New York area, and his years of experience working in a variety of roles at the business gave him a unique perspective on how small and medium-sized businesses work, a perspective many in the legal profession lack. Mr. Bellavia has pursued some of the largest mass action law suits for hundreds of small businesses against Fortune 500 companies. Under his leadership, Bellavia Blatt has amassed an impressive record of winning cases against major franchisors, vendors and government regulators.

Practice Areas

  • Business litigation
  • Contract drafting
  • Purchase and sale of business assets or stock
  • Franchise agreements
  • Commercial leases
  • Business succession and estate planning
  • Bankruptcy and restructuring
  • Corporate and financial transactions
  • Labor and employment
  • Government permits and approvals
  • Employment agreements
  • Insurance law
  • Partnerships and limited liability companies
  • Banking law
  • Business financing
  • Business restructuring
  • Breach of contract
  • Compliance issues
  • Intellectual property
  • Real estate transactions


  • 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

  • National Association of Dealer Counsel (NADC), Former Chair of Litigation Section
  • Chair of the New York State Bar Association Subcommittee of the Franchise Law Section on Automotive Franchise Law
  • General Counsel to the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) and exclusively endorsed as outside counsel to 3,000 marine dealers nationwide
  • Recipient of the Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award for providing free legal services to indigent New Yorkers

Bellavia Blatt will concentrate on your businesses legal problems and concerns so that you can concentrate on your business. Contact Bellavia Blatt for more information on how your business can benefit from our legal expertise or call 631-224-7000 in Suffolk or 516-873-3000 in Nassau.

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