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Accomplished equestrians with exceptional legal credentials.

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Armand Leone, Founding Partner

Armand Leone is a business professional with expertise in healthcare and equestrian law, and law with strengths in strategic analysis, business development, and operations. Leone is an owner at Armand Leone JR, MD, PC, where he serves as an experienced health care and biotechnology strategy and risk management professional. He is also a member of Britcher, Leone & Roth, LLC, where he manages the firm’s medical malpractice, product liability, and pharmaceutical liability litigation practice in state and federal courts.

Extensive Equestrian Background

An equestrian athlete dedicated to fair play, safe sport, and clean competition, Leone is currently serving as the Chairman of the Conduct Committee for the United States Hunter Jumper Association. He was formerly Vice-President of the High Performance Sport division and Director for the United States Equestrian Federation from 2004–2013. He has also been a member of many committees and special task forces on governance, safety, drugs and medications, trainer certification, and coach selection. Leone also volunteers his time to serve on the FEI Tribunal which is responsible for enforcing the rules governing international equestrian sport.armand-leoneFor the United States Equestrian Team Foundation, Leone has held several posts, beginning as an international show jumping athlete for 15 years, serving as Director from 1996-2000, President and CEO from 2001–2006, and Chairman of the Board from 2006–2013. Leone is co-owner at his family’s Ri-Arm Farm in Oakland, NJ, where he still rides and trains.

As a professional and international competitor, he has an impressive list of riding accomplishments. Leone competed at the FEI World Cup Finals three times in Gothenburg, Berlin, and Dortmund. He has shown in numerous CSIO Nations Cup team competitions in Paris, Dublin, Hickstead, New York, Rome, Aachen, and Dinard, including three team wins.

He also previously served as U.S.Show Jumping Team Chef d’Equipe at CSIO competitions in Rome and Dublin.Early in his career, Leone was named Leading National Rider at the prestigious National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden. In 1979, he won the CSI Grand Prix Royan, CSI Grand Prix Angeac Champagne, and CSIO Grand Prix Dinard. In 1980, he cleared a staggering 2.10 meters to win the Godfrey Davis Puissance at the CSI in Wembley. In 1982, he was Leading Foreign Rider at the CSIO Rome. Leone was 1985 AGA Champion in Tampa, FL, and in 1988, he won grand prix events in Upperville, Tucson, and Las Colinas. In 1989, he won the CSI-W Halifax World Cup Grand Prix.

Multiple Degrees

As a business professional, Leone’s former positions include Vice Chairman at the Bank of New Jersey and President of his own E-Commerce Corporation specializing in ASP programming. He previously served as a litigation associate at Stern Steiger Crolan, PA in New Jersey and Stroock & Strook & Lavan in New York.

He also has experience as a staff radiologist at Preakness Radiology Associates, responsible for Mammography, CT, MRI, Angiography, Nuclear Medicine, and Ultrasound.Leone is a graduate of the Columbia Business School in New York with a concentration in Healthcare & Finance.

He previously graduated from the Columbia University School of Law where he was a Stone Honor Appellate Advocate Semi-Finalist and Moot Court Student Editor. He completed the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program at New York Medical College, did his General Surgery Internship at Montefiore Medical Center, and received his M.D. from New York Medical College.

He received his BA from the Univer sity of Virginia.Leone is Licensed in the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners. He has been admitted to the New Jersey and New York State Bars as well as the Federal Court of Claim and the American Board of Radiology. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine.

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Jessica E. Choper, Attorney

Jessica E. Choper of Leone Equestrian Law, LLC, is an attorney with expertise in equestrian matters, medical malpractice, nursing home litigation, and appellate practice. Ms. Choper is a member of the American Association for Justice and the NJ State Bar Association. She received her B.A. in Politics from Mount Holyoke College, and is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School.

As a lifelong equestrian, Ms. Choper has competed successfully in both the junior and amateur divisions, and continues Jessica Choperto ride and train. In college, she was regional high point rider, and in 2013, Ms. Choper was inducted as a member of the National Championship Equestrian Team into the Mount Holyoke Inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame. Ms. Choper has combined her passion for the sport with her legal experience to offer clients representation in all aspects of equestrian law. Ms. Choper is a member of the USEF, USHJA and the American Hanoverian Society.