While Leone Equestrian Law, LLC bears the name of founding partner Armand Leone, the equestrian law firm would not be complete without attorney Jessica E. Choper. Choper has been an integral part of the firm since its inception, and she brings more than 25 years of experience to the New Jersey-based equestrian law practice.
Choper graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a bachelor’s degree in politics before receiving her law degree from the George Washington University Law School in 1990. A member of the American Association for Justice and the New Jersey State Bar Association, Choper joined Britcher Leone LLC in 2000, and, together with Leone, began Leone Equestrian Law LLC in 2014. As an attorney, Choper offers particular expertise in equestrian matters, medical malpractice, and appellate practice.
A lifelong equestrian, Choper has also competed successfully in both the junior and amateur hunter divisions. Choper is currently a member of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA), and the American Hanoverian Society.
The extensive equestrian background of both Choper and Leone is a vital part of the success of Leone Equestrian Law and is key to best representing the firm’s clientele.
“Our competency in that area is strong,” Choper said. “It’s a whole world of its own, and it’s a unique world. For a lot of attorneys that are really quite good, the equestrian sport is a whole new realm to them, and it can be very daunting. It’s a tough hurdle for a non-equestrian to have to try to understand.”
Leone Equestrian Law offers a full-range of legal services and consultation for equestrian professionals ranging from riders, owners, and trainers to show managers, equestrian organizations, and property owners.
“We offer very comprehensive services within the equestrian sport, dealing with all of the multitude of issues that may arise,” Choper said. “We often deal with representing clients who have to appear before the USEF for alleged violations of rules. From buying and selling and leasing agreements and disputes, to tenant issues and violations of USEF rules, we really can run the full gamut of legal aid.”
For nearly a decade, Choper conducted medical malpractice defense work, representing hospitals, doctors, and nurses. Upon joining Britcher Leone LLC in 2000, Choper began plaintiff medical malpractice representation, and today, Leone Equestrian Law allows Choper to combine her exceptional aptitude as an attorney with her lifelong equestrian passion.
“I absolutely love the equestrian world and the horses, and I feel that I’m adding a little bit to the welfare of the horse and the industry by helping where I can,” Choper said. “It’s rather unique that I can combine my passions and a lifelong history of horseback riding and competing and can help serve the friends and colleagues that I ride with. It just gives me satisfaction to be able to offer that service.”
Choper currently resides in Pennington, NJ, with her husband, Andrew Friedheim, and their two daughters Chloe, 17, and Margo, 13. Choper continues to ride and compete under the tutelage and training of Amber Harte of Brass Ring Farm, and she enjoys sharing the hobby with both of her daughters.
To learn more about Choper and all of the services offered by Leone Equestrian Law, visit www.equestriancounsel.com. Follow Leone Equestrian Law on Facebook too!
About Leone Equestrian Law
Leone Equestrian Law LLC provides legal services and consultation for equestrian professionals ranging from riders and trainers to owners and show managers in all of the FEI disciplines on a wide variety of issues. With a wealth of experience in the equestrian industry, Leone Equestrian Law LLC gives their clients personalized care with the utmost respect for confidentiality.
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