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In Remembrance: Mark E. Leipold, 1960-2019

In Remembrance: Mark E. Leipold, 1960-2019


Mark Leipold, who passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2019, was a longtime partner and chair of the Corporate Practice at Gould & Ratner LLP. He was a graduate of Northwestern University (Class of 1982) and DePaul University College of Law (Class of 1986).

Mark was a gifted lawyer, earnestly committed to the welfare of his clients and to maintaining the highest standards in the legal profession. He held leadership roles in several business and legal associations, including the Turnaround Management Association's Chicago/Midwest Chapter and the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the American Bar Association's Business Section. As an adjunct lecturer, he shared his deep knowledge of the law with his students at DePaul University College of Law and at The John Marshall Law School. He was also an active participant with his Gould & Ratner colleagues in Law Exchange International's global network of firms.

Growing up in Belleville, Illinois, Mark's interests were varied from an early age, and they ran the gamut from music, especially from the '80s, to cooking, travel and a love of science fiction in all mediums. He was an avid supporter of Northwestern Wildcat Football, tailgating at home games and traveling to bowl games in recent years. He loved his family fiercely, including his beloved pets, and leaves behind a legion of friends and a legacy of joy.

Mark is survived by his wife, Susan Minor, and his children, Anne, Peter and Jane Leipold, as well as his sisters, Tricia Bartley (David), Lauren Leipold and Janet Formanek (Robert), his nieces and nephews, Kara, John, Alyson, Sarah, Katie, Nick, Jack, Chelsea, Kelly and Jackie, and many great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Patricia Leipold.

Memorials may be made in Mark’s name to a charity of your choice.

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