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Joseph J. Leahy

  • Of Counsel, 1976


Springfield, OR





Joe Leahy joined the firm in January 1976. He serves as a City Attorney for the City of Springfield and as Legal Counsel for Springfield Utility Board (SUB). His expertise includes all aspects of public law. 

Before joining the firm, Joe served in the U.S. Army (Vietnam), was a trial attorney in the Land and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice, and the Lane County Office of Legal Counsel.

Joe grew up in Astoria, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon, and his law degree at the University of Notre Dame. He is admitted to the Oregon State Bar. Joe is a member of the Lane County Bar Association and the Oregon State Bar Association

Joe welcomes the opportunity to help people with their legal questions. He encourages participation by clients in the discussion and potential resolution of those questions. Joe enjoys working with a group of professionals who share that belief and who are ethical, people of integrity, who work hard for their clients, and who he considers to be friends.

He has served on the Boards of United Way of Lane County, Lane County Legal Aid Service, University of Oregon Alumni Association, SMART, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Eugene Arts Foundation, Emerald Empire Art Association and past Campaign Chair for Springfield Education Foundation. He also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and Senior Legal Services.

Joe and his wife Judy enjoy spending time with their three sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren Ellie Rose, Kateri, Benjamin, Alexa, and George. He and Judy enjoy travel both within the State of Oregon, especially the Oregon Coast, and beyond. In the last few years, they visited Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand and Burma.

Areas Of Practice

  • Municipal Law
  • Administrative Law

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, 1970
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1970
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987


  • Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, Indiana
    • J.D. - 1970
  • University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
    • B.A. - 1965

Representative Clients

  • City of Springfield
  • Springfield Utility Board

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Oregon State Bar Association, Member
  • Lane County Bar Association, Member
  • Oregon City Attorneys Association
  • Board of Emerald Empire Art Association
  • Board of United Way of Lane County
  • Board of Lane County Legal Aid Service
  • Board of University of Oregon Alumni Association
  • Board of SMART
  • Board of Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. Army (Vietnam), Trial Attorney