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Crown Centre
5005 Rockside Road, Suite 800
Independence, OH 44131
Office: (216) 264-2000

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James E. Leonard

Senior Managing Director Capital Markets

As one of the founding members of Pinnacle Financial Group, Jim Leonard has nearly 30 years of experience raising debt and equity for commercial real estate transactions. Jim’s transactions have totaled over $7 Billion and have spanned all property types including multi-family, retail, industrial, office, hospitality, self-storage, credit tenant (CTL) as well as a significant expertise in mixed use development. He has worked with a wide variety of capital sources, most notably life insurance companies, agencies, CMBS lenders, banks, credit unions, debt funds and various public financing entities. During his time at Pinnacle Jim was also been responsible for developing new lender relationships and employee training.

As of June 1, 2018, Marcus & Millichap acquired Pinnacle to help them grow their mortgage banking platform in Ohio and throughout the Midwest. Jim is currently leading this effort in addition to continuing to handle his Pinnacle client responsibilities.

Jim graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1983 with a B.A. in finance and started his professional career as a CPA for Deloitte Haskins & Sells where he became a senior tax advisor in their commercial real estate practice.


  • Chairman's Club (CC): 2019
  • National Achievement Award: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018
  • Sales Recognition Award: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018
  • SIA Induction: 2019
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