Edward E. Leineweber is an honors graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he was an Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review. He is semi-retired from the legal profession but maintains an active private practice focusing on aviation-related matters, business law, alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, and real estate.
Originally from Chicago, Leineweber has lived in rural Richland County since 1973. He maintained a very active general practice for over 20 years and served three terms as the county District Attorney before being elected to the Circuit Court in 1997. He retired from the bench after 14 years in 2011, and returned to private practice, first with Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C., and later in a solo practice, Leineweber Law LLC.
A pilot for over 40 years, aircraft owner, Certified Flight Instructor and AMT, former Fixed Base Operator, airport manager, FAA Safety Team member and successful self-employed entrepreneur before becoming a judge, Leineweber is experienced in most aspects of general aviation.
Law related activities while an active judge included the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s Policy and Planning Advisory Committee and the Wisconsin Judicial Council. Leineweber served as a member of the boards of the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission and the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation. He co-founded Court & Community, Inc., a non-profit organization in Richland County operating a Free Legal Clinic, and served as its first president.
Leineweber was a longtime contributing editor to Midwest Flyer Magazine and wrote the Grassroots and Recreational Flying column in addition to submitting occasional feature articles. He also wrote on aviation maintenance topics dealing with Light Sport Aircraft for other aviation publications.
In his semi-retirement, Leineweber enjoys working in his shop at the airport on aircraft building, maintenance and restorations, as well as flying, reading, traveling, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. He is married to Joy, a retired elementary school teacher.