WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.—Once again, Womble Carlyle attorney Mike Leonard has been honored for his four decades of pro bono work in the field of land conservation. The latest honor comes from Wild South, a regional conservation group, which awarded Leonard its Friend of Wilderness Award at the group’s annual Green Gala.

Leonard has worked on projects that have preserved thousands of acres of wilderness throughout the Southeast and across the nation. For example, he worked to connect Alabama’s Pinhoti Trail to the Appalachian Trail, creating a hiking path from Alabama to Maine.

The Alabama Media Group (AL.com) recently profiled Leonard and his historic preservation work. Click here to read “Alabama Roots Led 2 Conservationists to Preserve 200,000 Acres and Counting.”

Leonard currently serves as Chairman of The Conservation Fund, a non-profit organization that has preserved more than seven million acres in the US. In addition, he serves on the Advisory Committee for George Washington’s Mount Vernon and has assisted Mt. Vernon in protecting land across the Potomac from the historic mansion.

In 2010, he received the North Carolina Award, the state’s highest civilian honor, in recognition of his conservation efforts. He also received the Ruth Coltrane Cannon Award, North Carolina’s most prestigious preservation award, in 2015.

Since joining Womble Carlyle in 1986, Mike Leonard has played a major role in creating and managing the firm’s litigation support system and assisting major national clients in managing, tracking and controlling document productions and privilege logs in a large number of cases in numerous jurisdictions. He practices in the firm’s Winston-Salem, N.C. office.