Mark Leipold, 59

Lawyer and lecturer

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Mark E. Leipold, 59, of Oak Park, died unexpectedly on Oct. 12, 2019. Born on April 20, 1960, he grew up in Belleville, his interests varied from an early age, and running the gamut from music, especially from the 1980s, to cooking, travel and a love of science fiction in all mediums. A graduate of Northwestern University and DePaul University College of Law, he was a longtime partner and chair of the corporate practice at the Chicago law firm, Gould & Ratner LLP. 

As a lawyer, he was earnestly committed to the welfare of his clients and maintaining high 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 John Marshall Law School. He was also an active participant with his Gould & Ratner colleagues in Law Exchange International's global network of firms. 

Graced with a warm and kind spirit, he touched the lives of all he met with intelligence, wit, and charm. Whether through a humorous quip or a caring gesture, he strived to make others feel important and recognized. 

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.  

Mark 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); and the uncle of 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 was held on Oct. 18 and another remembrance will be held in Belleville at a later date. 

Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.

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