Mark E. Leipold, 59, of Oak Park, died unexpectedly Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. Mr. Leipold was a longtime partner and chair of the corporate practice at the Chicago law firm of Gould & Ratner LLP.
He was a graduate of Northwestern University (1982) and DePaul University College of Law (1986). Mr. Leipold 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.
Mr. Leipold was graced with a warm and kind spirit, and he touched the lives of all he met. His intelligence, wit, and charm were matched only by his goodwill and generosity. Whether through a humorous quip or a caring gesture, he strived to make others feel important and recognized.
Growing up in Belleville, his interests were varied from an early age, and they ran the gamut from music, especially from the 1980s, 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.
Mr. Leipold was the husband of Susan Minor; the father of Anne, Peter and Jane Leipold; the brother of Tricia Bartley (David), Lauren Leipold and Janet Formanek (Robert); an uncle to 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.
A remembrance of his life will be held on Friday, Oct. 18, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Prime and Provisions, 222 N. LaSalle St., Chicago.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mr. Leipold’s name to a charity of your choice. A separate remembrance will also be held in Belleville at a later date.
Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, Oak Park, handled arrangements.