Tod M. Leaven

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Tod M. Leaven was born into a family of service, both his grandfather and father served abroad in the United States Army. He went to elementary school in Asheville and returned to Asheville with his parents after graduating high school. Tod served in the United States Army from 1998 to 2004, including the initial Kosovo Occupation with the 501st Military Intelligence Battalion, 1st Armored Division, and the Iraq War with the 3rd Squadron of the 7th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division.

After his years of service, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2006 and graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2010. In law school, he served on the North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology as a staff member and as Editor-in-Chief. Tod practiced in Raleigh before returning to Asheville to work with a civil litigation firm. He joined Grimes Teich Anderson in 2014 to develop its Veterans practice.

Tod's areas of practice include Veterans' disability compensation, benefits for dependents, military discharge upgrades, VA healthcare benefits, extended care programs, education and rehabilitation, USERRA and FMLA protections for service members, assistance with Veteran-owned businesses, and wills and estates. His prior civil litigation experience includes community association law, real estate, construction, trade secrets, unfair and deceptive trade practices, copyright, business disputes, collections, negligence, medical malpractice, civil rights, and Americans with Disabilities Act claims. His transactional experience includes estate planning, trademarks, copyright, business governance advising non-profit corporations, and document review and drafting for community associations. Tod has represented both Plaintiffs and Defendants in state and federal court. He has also appeared before the North Carolina Industrial Commission.

Tod was selected for inclusion in the 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars® list for Military and Veterans Law.

Tod has authored and co-authored numerous publications ranging from Veterans and military affairs to intellectual property. He frequently gives lectures and CLEs on the many facets of Veterans law, specializing in advanced techniques for Veterans disability compensation. He founded and still runs the annual GTA Homeless Veteran Legal Clinic, which provides free legal services to homeless Veterans in Western North Carolina. He has been an active member and line officer with the Disabled American Veterans, Department of North Carolina. He is a member of local, state-wide, and national Veterans' advocacy groups; is an active member of the Buncombe County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee; and is a member of the local board of the Selective Service System. Tod currently serves as a board member on the Asheville City Noise Ordinance Appeals Board.

Tod, his wife Jessica, and their daughters Eleanor and Abigail live in Asheville.

Education

  • J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 2010
  • B.S., University of North Carolina at Asheville, 2006
    Summa Cum Laude, Biology Department Distinction, Outstanding Scholarship in the Humanities Award

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, 2011
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina , 2010
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, 2011
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, 2011
  • Accredited to practice before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2011

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • 28th Judicial Bar Association
    Member Since: 2012
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    Member Since: 2011
    Council Member and Chair of Communications Committee, Military and Veterans Law Section, 2017-present; Military Issues Committee, Young Lawyers Division, 2011-2013; Military & Veterans Affairs Committee, 2015-2017
  • Grimes Teich Anderson Homeless Veterans Legal Clinic
    Member Since: 2016
    Founder and Lead Supervising Attorney, 2016-present
  • The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
    Member Since: 2017
    Volunteer Attorney, 2017-present
  • Buncombe County Veterans Treatment Court
    Member Since: 2014
    Steering Committee, 2015
  • North Carolina Veterans Legal Representation Network
    Member Since: 2011
    Advisory Committee, 2011-2017
  • Disabled American Veterans
    Member Since: 2013
    Senior Vice Commander; 2nd Junior Vice Commander, Department of North Carolina, 2017-2018; Junior Vice Commander, NC Post 02, 2015-2017; Legislative Committee Chair, NC Post 02, 2013-2015
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
    Member Since: 2011
    Judge Advocate, Post 9100, 2011-2012
  • North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology
    Member Since: 2008
    Staff, 2008-2009; Editor-in-Chief, 2009-2010; Board of Advisors, 2010-2015
  • Asheville Lyric Opera
    Board of Directors, 2012-2015; Nominating and Governance Committee Chair, 2013-2015
  • Asheville City Noise Ordinance Appeals Board
    Member Since: 2015
    Board Member, 2015-present

Recognition

  • Super Lawyers® Rising Stars - Military Law 2017-2020

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I am a disabled Veteran myself.  First and foremost, I want all Veterans to know that I get it. I really get it.  I know exactly what you are going through because not only did I go through it myself, but I have dedicated my career to helping our brothers and sisters get the benefits they have earned.  Helping fellow Veterans get their benefits is a deeply personal calling and the way I continue serving this great nation.

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