Areas of Practice
- New Jersey
- New York
- District of New Jersey, 3rd Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court
- J.D., Seton Hall School of Law, 1975
- M.B.A., New York University, 1963
- B.C.H.E, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1958
Leon J. Sokol
In 1975, Leon Sokol founded the firm which became Sokol Behot LLP, and joined Cullen and Dykman as Senior Partner in 2016. He has enjoyed a varied practice representing national and regional companies with regard to corporate matters, real estate development and regulatory issues. Originally appointed as Counsel to the New Jersey Senate in 1976, he has remained in that capacity to date, and for the past two decades has represented both the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly with regard to all of their litigation. In that capacity, he has argued many cases before the New Jersey Superior Court/Appellate Division and the New Jersey Supreme Court, resulting in a significant number of landmark decisions.
Mr. Sokol’s corporate activities involve representing clients in all forms of business matters including advice and negotiations with regard to contracts, strategic planning, personnel issues and litigation. His representation of national publicly traded companies includes negotiating complex matters before State and Federal agencies, and handling large redevelopment projects.
Particularly unique in Mr. Sokol’s experience is his representation for three decades of both the New Jersey Legislative Apportionment Commission and New Jersey Congressional Redistricting Commission. Serving as Counsel to these Commissions, he has represented them in challenges to the various apportionments and redistricting plans, resulting in decisions by the New Jersey Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Karcher v. Daggett in 1983, in which Mr. Sokol participated, is a seminal case which controls how congressional districts are drawn nationwide.
Mr. Sokol established the first office devoted entirely to environmental law in New Jersey, which continues to be an important part of the firm’s practice. The environmental practice which joined Cullen and Dykman, continues to be managed by partner Neil Yoskin in the Princeton office.
Mr. Sokol was involved in the early organization of Joint Insurance Funds comprised of County, Municipal and School District members. These activities had him appear frequently before the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance. His experience includes establishing the first joint insurance fund providing coverage to municipalities for environmental matters, serving as General Counsel to Funds that provide property, casualty and workers compensation coverage, and Funds that provide health insurance coverage. His experience has allowed him to counsel his corporate clients with regard to insurance coverage and risk management matters.
Mr. Sokol spent 11 years with the Rohm and Haas Company in a variety of technical, marketing and management capacities. He then served as President of International Polymer and Chemical Company prior to entering law school in 1972. Upon graduation from law school in 1975. he established the firm now known as Sokol Behot, LLP.
Professional & Community Activities
- Member, New Jersey Bar Association
- Member, Bergen County Bar Association
- Member, New York State Bar Association
- Member, Florida Bar Association
- Member, American Bar Association.
- National Co-Chairman of Nature Israel, the American support organization of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, Israel’s largest environmental organization
- Secretary and Member of the Board of Directors. Jewish Home at Rockleigh
- Member of the Board of the parent organization, Jewish Home Family
- Member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey where he previously served as President of its Endowment Foundation
Honors & Awards
- Mr. Sokol has been honored by Spectrum for Living, a not-for-profit organization providing residential care and facilities for multiply handi-capped adults who are developmentally disabled. He has also been honored on several occasions by the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey. He has also been chosen and is a member of the Society of the Sigma XI, the national research honorary society.