About Dr. Leon Koziol

 

img_0201             Dr. Leon Koziol advocating at United Nations Conference

 

Leon R. Koziol, J.D. is a lawyer placement consultant for intellectual property firms. He has established IP Confidential, an entity limited to addressing the highly sensitive employment interests of diverse professionals with a focus on patents. He is also a civil rights advocate who practiced law in federal and state courts until 2010 after more than 23 unblemished years. Self-trained, he generated a perfect record of acquittals in politically motivated criminal cases.

Dr. Koziol appeared on the CBS program 60 Minutes, front page of the New York Times and other major media. His candidacy for Congress was a headline story in 2006. After years of complex litigation against high profile firms, he secured judgment in New York Supreme Court invalidating a billion dollar casino compact.  In 2012, he founded the Parenting Rights Institute, a nationwide judicial watchdog group. He has traveled to Paris and across the country advocating for human rights while submitting reports to oversight committees and the Justice Department.

In education, a Juris Doctor degree was conferred by Northern Illinois University, College of Law with an award from the American Bar Association in State and Local Government. Leon received a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree from the State University of New York, College of Technology. He then joined the management team of a Fortune 500 manufacturer, later serving as a corporation counsel, school attorney and city councilman with a focus on risk management.  His 2014 book, Voyage to Armageddon, focuses on domestic nuclear terrorism.

Precedent cases include Patterson v City of Utica, 370 F.3d 322 (2nd Cir. 2004)($333,820.32 civil rights verdict argued before Justice Sonia Sotomayor); Oneida Nation v Oneida County, 132 F. Supp. 2d 71 (NDNY 2000)(successful casino challenge for citizen group) Koziol v Hanna, 107 F. Supp. 2d 170 (NDNY 2000)(free speech challenge invalidating city gag order); Currie v Kowalewski, 842 F. Supp. 57 (NDNY 1994)(successful sexual harassment case), Palaimo v Lutz, 837 F. Supp. 55 (NDNY 1993)(brutality and confinement claims for 72 year old woman).

Dr. Koziol exposed misconduct at all levels of government, making him a predictable target of retribution. His ordeal reads like a John Grisham story. Invited to testify before a “dream team” of experts at the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption, he recommended dissolution of the state’s Judicial Conduct Commission due to a public perception of accountability but a record of neglecting misconduct of higher judges convicted by federal authorities. Instead the Corruption Commission was prematurely dissolved when evidence began implicating top state leaders.

Undaunted, another speaker, federal prosecutor Preet Bharara, secured Commission files resulting in the convictions of legislative leaders on bribery charges. Those convictions have implicated law firms, judges and millions of dollars in misappropriated public money. Similarly undaunted, Dr. Koziol pressed on with court reform despite a witch hunt carried out by ethics lawyers to suppress and discredit his reports. They were later allowed to resign from their court appointed positions for falsifying time sheets. No public charges, ethical or criminal, were ever brought against them.

2008 Television Clip depicting Dr. Koziol’s achievements as a trial attorney prior to closing his practice and founding of the Parenting Rights Institute