Cam Leonard grew up in Massachusetts and attended Deep Springs College in California, which changed his life. He followed that by visiting Alaska after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1983 he moved to Fairbanks, where he has since spent his legal career.
Cam started out as a public defender before working for the Alaska Department of Justice and becoming the youngest lawyer to gain experience in the legal process. He left the Anchorage Police Department in 2009 to work as a senior deputy attorney general in the Office of Criminal Justice and Public Defense in Fairbanks, Alaska.
He worked as a lawyer for ANDVSA, taking on divorce, sexual assault and custody cases and achieving results that had a positive impact on life. He also worked for Perkins Coie, which represents clients who showed up at the agency he used to represent, noting that "Perkins & Coies is a pretty special place. The strong commitment we have to our customers and the quality of the services we offer to individuals and families make it a great place.
According to Cam, there certainly seem to be a lot of people who would benefit from a lawyer going to the aid of them, especially if the lawyer has expertise in family law. You know, I think that some of the lawyers who are reluctant to come forward and handle cases may underestimate the help they are providing. It is really rewarding and the two clients I helped were very grateful and I can see how much it meant to them to have helped their children. I guarantee that my customers are grateful that I help them and try to do something on my own.
Recently, Cam said of the experience: "If I can say something, I would encourage other lawyers to just take a chance and take over cases like this. Maybe these people were, they've never been in a courtroom, so they don't know what an exhibition is.