Tod M. Leaven

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

  • Interviewing and Client Counseling
  • Military Law
  • Veterans Law


Tod M. Leaven was born into a family of service, both his grandfather and father served abroad in the United States Army.  Tod served in the United States Army from 1998 to 2004, including in Kosovo with the 501st Military Intelligence Battalion, 1st Armored Division, and in Iraq during the initial invasion in 2003 with the 3rd Squadron of the 7th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division.

After his years of service, he graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2006 and graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2010. In law school, he served on the North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology as a staff member and as editor-in-chief. He has been a partner at Grimes Teich Anderson since 2014, in charge of its veterans law practice.

Tod has authored and co-authored numerous publications ranging from veterans and military affairs to intellectual property. He frequently gives lectures and CLEs on the many facets of veterans law, specializing in advanced techniques for veterans disability compensation.  He is a member of local, state-wide, and national veterans’ advocacy groups.


  • University of North Carolina at Asheville (2006)
  • UNC School of Law (2010)