Leonard grew up in a suburb of Chicago as the oldest of seven children and as a result developed his advisory and communication skills at an early age. He attended Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Illinois and then University of Notre Dame in South Bend Indiana.
Before attending Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, he traveled abroad for 6 months, attempting to be understood in Spanish, German, French and Greek with limited success.
He is a trial lawyer with experience in criminal defense, family law, probate, personal injury litigation. He was a pro-term Circuit Court judge, appointed by the governor. For years, he traveled statewide in this capacity and also presided over the Clackamas County night court for almost 20 years.
Len and his wife have three daughters attending elementary and high school in Lake Oswego. The Kovac girls are all musicians, athletes and scholars, keeping their parents busy with their obligations to orchestras, pep bands, soccer teams, school and dance teams.