Laurence H. Leavitt

Laurence H. Leavitt

Martindale-Hubbell Rating

Equity Partner

170 Commerce Way
Suite 200
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Phone: 207-835-0535

Direct: 207-835-0475

Mobile: 207-807-7165

Fax: 262-522-7020

Email: LLeavitt@MLLlaw.com

Experienced Fire Litigator

With over 28 years of experience, and more than 500 fire and explosion cases from around the United States under his belt, Laurence has developed a reputation as one of the country's foremost fire litigators. With an extensive background in fire forensics, first party insurance coverage and adjustment, appraisal, subrogation, and fire liability defense, he possesses a unique and broad foundation in all aspects of fire loss investigation, analysis, and litigation. In recent years, Laurence completed a four-year reign as Co-Chair of the DRI's Fire & Casualty Specialized Litigation Committee and served as Co-Chair for the 2012 ACI Fire & Casualty Claims and Litigation Conference. As a founding partner of McCoy Leavitt Laskey S.C., Laurence manages the firm's Eastern Regional offices in Portland, ME and Portsmouth, NH.

Representative Cases

Alabama Double Fatality Residential Fire
California $30M Industrial Fire
California $2.0M Commercial Fire
Connecticut Double Fatality Gas Explosion
Florida $2.5M Industrial Fire
Georgia $2.5M Commercial Fire
Hawaii $1.5M Resort Fire
Illinois $1.5M Commercial Fire
Illinois Single Fatality Gas Explosion
Louisiana $2.0M Industrial Fire
Maine $6.5M Textile Mill Fire
Maine $17M Boat Storage Facility Fire
Maine $2.0M Industrial Explosion
Maine Single Fatality Propane Explosion
Maryland $800K Residential Fire
Massachusetts $700K Residential Fire
Michigan Single Fatality Residential Fire
Mississippi Quadruple Fatality Residential Fire
Montana $1.5M Commercial Fire
Nevada $300K Commercial Fire
New Hampshire $5.0M Commercial Fire
New York Double Fatality Residential Fire
New York Single Fatality Residential Fire
North Carolina $500K residential Fire
North Dakota $1.5M Industrial Fire
Ohio $5.0M Industrial Fire
Ohio Propane Explosion Burn Injury
Rhode Island 100 Fatality Commercial Fire
Tennessee $30M Chemical Explosion
Texas Quadruple Fatality Residential Fire
Texas 15 Fatality Chemical Explosion
Vermont $3.0M Commercial Fire
Virginia $3.0 M Residential Fire
Washington $500K Commercial Fire

Representative Presentations

  • Nuances in the Selection and Preparation of Fire Experts, 2012 ACI Fire and Casualty Conference
  • Winning The Battle Of The Fire Experts, 2005 DRI Fire Conference
  • Managing the Complex Fire Scene, 2003 DRI Product Liability Conference
  • Humanizing The Corporation In Catastrophic Fire and Burn Injury Cases, 2003 DRI Fire Conference
  • Winning Techniques In Fire Claim Investigation: The "Do's" and "Don'ts" for Effective Handling of the Pre-suit Claim, 2002 DRI Fire Conference
  • THE SPOLIATION TRAP: The Rising Stakes Associated with the Failure to Preserve Evidence after a Loss, 2002 Loss Executive Association
  • Mock Trial, IAAI, 1994

Professional Affiliations

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Propane Gas Defense Association
  • Loss Executive Association
  • Institute of Forensic Investigation
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Reviews

Martindale Hubble AV Rating

Overall Peer Rating

In Litigation,Insurance and Products Liability

5.0 out of 5.0

Legal Knowledge

5.0

Analytical Capabilities

5.0

Judgment

5.0

Communication Ability

4.9

Legal Experience

5.0

  • Meets very high criteria of general ethical standards

Posted by a Private Practice Attorney on 03/18/13

5.0 out of 5.0

Larry is an excellent attorney with a natiionwide practice. He definitely has earned the highest Martindale-Hubbell rating.

Posted by a Private Practice Attorney on 03/18/13

5.0 out of 5.0

I have known Mr. Leavitt for many years and have worked with and against him in state and federal court in Maine. He is a top notch lawyer, highly ethical, well-respected in the legal community, and great with clients.

Posted by a Private Practice Attorney on 03/16/13

4.8 out of 5.0

Larry is a well-respected products liability defense attorney who I am happy to work with.

Posted by a Private Practice Attorney on 03/16/13

5.0 out of 5.0

I have known Lawrence Leavitt for more than a decade. I have experience in cases in which we were co-counsel, and experience with him as adverse counsel. I have the highest respect for his ethical standards and his legal ability.

Posted by a Private Practice Attorney on 03/13/13

5.0 out of 5.0

Laurence is well recognized as one of the leaders in his practice area, and clients across the country hire Laurence for his expertise and experience.

Posted by a Private Practice Attorney on 03/08/13

5.0 out of 5.0

Larry is an excellent and ethical attorney. He has litigated cases all over the country with great success. He is one of the smartest and most talented people I know.

Posted by a Private Practice Attorney on 03/08/13

5.0 out of 5.0

Larry is incredibly knowledgeable. He handles major product liability litigation all over the country. I have also heard him conduct CLE presentations on related topics. He is able to see the big picture as well as the small details in his analysis. He is one of the top attorneys in the country for Product Liability Defense.

Posted by a Private Practice Attorney on 03/08/13

5.0 out of 5.0

One of the best fire litigation attorneys in the country.

Posted by a Private Practice Attorney on 03/08/13

5.0 out of 5.0

Mr. Leavitt is top notch in every respect.

Posted by a Private Practice Attorney on 03/08/13

5.0 out of 5.0

A truly exceptional lawyer. A very strategic approach to defending his clients.