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Leonard C. Tengco - Associate Attorney of the firm

Leonard C. Tengco


(703) 506-9440   ext 229

Fax (703) 506-0929


Leonard C. Tengco is an associate in the firm. Leonard has extensive in all aspects of real estate litigation matters including real estate fraud, contract disputes, title litigation, easement disputes, partition actions, and trespass claims. He also has experience defending and pursuing claims on behalf of secured creditors, investors, loan servicers, trustees, property managers and landlords, title agencies, law firms, and attorneys in contested foreclosure actions and real estate disputes throughout Virginia. Before focusing primarily on litigation in real estate and civil disputes, Leonard served as the sole law clerk for all five judges of the 3rd Judicial Circuit of Virginia, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Portsmouth, and Assistant Appellate Defender in Richmond. Leonard is also one of less than 40 legal professionals in Virginia designated by the U.S. Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional.  


Leonard is committed to public service and working in the community. In 2012, Leonard was elected to the School Board of the City of Virginia Beach (District 1-Centerville) with 54.66% (73,795 votes) of the electorate and served a four-year term. In 2016, Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed Leonard to serve on the Virginia Asian Advisory Board and was later reappointed by Governor Ralph Northam to serve a two-year term that recently concluded. In 2020, Governor Northam appointed Leonard to serve a five-year term as a board member of the Library Board of Virginia. Leonard is an active member of the Vienna Rotary Club. 


Leonard was recognized by Virginia Business Magazine’s Legal Elite in for Civil Litigation in 2019 and Real Estate Law in 2020. Leonard was also selected to the 2019 and 2020 list of Virginia Rising Stars in Real Estate Law by Super Lawyers Magazine.


  • James Madison University (B.A. & B.S. 2004)​

  • Michigan State University College of Law (J.D. 2007)

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia

  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia

Awards & Activities

  • Board Member, Library of Virginia (2020 - Present)

  • Member (2009 - Present), Director (2019 - Present), Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia

  • Class Member, Leadership Fairfax Institute (LFI) Program, Leadership Fairfax , Inc. (Class of 2020)

  • Board Member, Virginia Asian Advisory Board (2016 - 2020)

  • Member, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (2014 - Present)

  • Member, Virginia Land Title Association (2016 - Present)

  • Member, Real Estate Section, Fairfax Bar Association (2018 – Present)

  • Member, National Filipino American Lawyers Association (2018 - Present)

  • School Board Member, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Centerville-District 1 (January 2012 - December 2016)

  • University of Virginia's Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership (Political Leaders Program 2011, Candidate Training Program 2012)


Awards & Recognitions

  • 2022 Edition of Washington DC Best Lawyers

  • Best Lawyers for 2022–2023, US News and World Report Real Estate and Trusts and Estates



Reported Cases

Fannie Mae v. Harbin, 2012 Va. Cir. LEXIS 99 (Virginia Beach 2012)

Lubitz v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 85 Va. Cir. 69 (Virginia Beach 2012)

In re Foreclosure Sale of 1603 Trailridge Rd., 99 Va. Cir. 43, 2017 Va. Cir. LEXIS 628 (Charlottesville 2017)

Gibbs v. Fannie Mae, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 58258, 2018 WL 1629109 (E.D. Va. 2018)

King v. Fed. Home Loan Mortg. Corp., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 119535, 2018 WL 3453455 (E.D. Va. 2018)

Gould v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 121977, 2018 WL 3493076 (E.D. Va. 2018)

Pfeifer v. Efre, 2018 Va. Cir. LEXIS 1344 (Loudon County 2018)

Newcomer v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9482 (E.D. Va. 2019)

Greiner v. Paynter, 103 Va. Cir. 94, 2019 Va. Cir. LEXIS 452 (Fairfax County 2019)

Rustgi v. Webb, 105 Va. Cir. 99, 2020 Va. Cir. LEXIS 81 (Fairfax County 2020)

NB Tysons, Inc. v. VA Henry Rose, LLC, 2020 Va. Cir. LEXIS 152 (Fairfax County 2020)




  • Conference Chair & Speaker, Hampton Roads Minority Pre-Law Conference, Regent University School of Law (2011)

  • Presenter, Residential Foreclosure in Virginia, 12th Annual Professional Development Conference, Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference, Virginia Beach (October 2013)

  • Guest Speaker, School Ratings & Fair Housing Implications, Hampton Roads Realtors Association, Chesapeake (April 2014)

  • Presenter, Foreclosures & Title Litigation, Virginia Land Title Association, Virginia Beach Regional Conference (March 2016)

  • Co-Presenter, Ills of Social Media & Internet Defamation, RE/MAX Alliance Lunch & Learn, Virginia Beach (March 2016)

  • Co-Presenter, Ethics in Local Government, Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference, Virginia Beach (September 2016)

  • Co-Presenter, Essentials of Foreclosure, Virginia CLE, Charlottesville & Live Webcast (July 2019)

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