Sorin A. Leahu is a Chicago-based attorney leading PJI’s Illinois office. Prior to joining PJI, Leahu worked at two nationally-recognized law firms representing individuals, businesses, and nonprofits across the country. His practice concentrated on commercial litigation, land use and zoning, and civil rights litigation. In addition, he has litigated cases before federal courts in the areas of free speech, the establishment clause, the free exercise clause, and various election law matters.
Leahu has served as the Chairman of the Chicago Bar Association Civil Rights and Constitutional Law Committee from 2017-2018 and the Vice Chairman from 2016-2017. Leahu received his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), John Marshall Law School in 2014, where he graduated third in his class and was awarded the Order of John Marshall—a local Order of the Coif to recognize excellence in scholarship. While in law school, he was a member of The John Marshall Law Review, a Quarterfinalist in the Herzog Moot Court Competition, and also worked with both federal and state judges, as well as with the office of the Illinois Attorney General. Leahu has also served as an editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Policy in its publication of the 2013 Federalist Society Student Symposium, and has presented and written on a variety of legal topics involving the First Amendment.
Leahu is a 2012 Blackstone Fellow and also serves on the Board of the Christian Legal Society- Chicago Chapter.