(1924 - 1994)
Leonard M. Ring, 70, a prominent Chicago personal injury lawyer, was second vice president of the Chicago Bar Association and was in line to become president of that organization in 1995. He had served as president of several other lawyers' organizations.
He was a strong and vocal advocate for victims' legal rights and had testified before numerous legislative committees on issues such as "no fault" insurance.
A resident of Oak Brook, he died Friday in Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Among the legal groups he had headed were the American Bar Association's Tort and Insurance Practice Section (chair, 1989-90); Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (president, 1990-91); Trial Lawyers of America (president, 1973-74); the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (president, 1966-68) and the Appellate Lawyers Association (1974-75).
He was co-lead counsel in the much-publicized Extra-Stength Tylenol poisoning cases in the mid-1980s. He was also co-chair of the Plaintiffs Legal Committee for the MGM Grand Hotel Fire Litigation.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he was the special trial lawyer for the Metropolitan Sanitary District (now, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago) in its 10-year battle against the polluters of Lake Michigan.
Among his clients were former Illinois Atty. Gen. William J. Scott and Cardinal John Cody's cousin, Helen Dolan Wilson.
Mr. Ring represented the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System in that state's attempt to recover $300 million in losses suffered through fraud by employees, accountants, bankers and others.
Prior to World War II, he had attended the University of Louisiana Medical School and the University of New Mexico School of Mines. During the war, he was an Army tank commander in the 12th Armored Division, better known as "The Hellcats." He graduated in 1949 from De Paul University Law School.