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Leonard D. Young
Founder & President of Leonard D. Young Co., LLC
Leonard D. Young is Founder & President of Leonard D. Young Co., LLC. He provides business and legal advice to small and mid-size businesses. Prior to forming his company, Mr. Young practiced corporate and international business law in Northeast Ohio for more than 30 years, most recently as Director of the Technology Transfer Office and Associate General Counsel for the Cleveland State University. As Director, he managed CSU’s inventions from disclosure through patenting and licensing to both established and start-up businesses.
Mr. Young has served as Senior Corporate Counsel for Reliance Electric Company, a $1.2 billion diversified manufacturer of industrial motors and inter-telecommunications equipment, and General Counsel and Assistant Secretary for the Ferro Corporation, a $2 billion publicly-traded international specialty chemicals company. As corporate counsel, he handled a variety of complex business transaction, including acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, international transactions and technology licensing agreements. Mr. Young was also a partner at the law firms of Ulmer & Bern LLP and Walter & Haverfield LLP, where he chaired each Firm’s General Counsel Practice Group.
Mr. Young sits on the Governance & Nominating, Investment Approval, and Human Resources & Compensation committees of the JumpStart board.