Elinor Leary

Elinor Leary

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in San Francisco, CA

The Veen Firm, PC
 | 20 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-673-4800
Fax: 415-771-5845
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff,
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (0%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
    Attorney Profile

    Elinor Leary is the team leader of the Leary Trial Team which handles complex cases that involve life-altering injuries or death. The Leary Trial Team has expertise with cases that involve construction and worksite injuries, defective products, dangerous property conditions, negligent security, car and truck collisions, and incidents that involve pedestrians and bicyclists. Ms. Leary has tried cases to verdict as well as reached large settlements in numerous other cases, including cases listed in The Recorder's "Top Settlements" publications.

    The Leary Trial Team provides extensive knowledge of the civil justice system and a commitment to helping clients when they face difficult times after a catastrophe. We help clients who have suffered fractures, amputations, head injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and burn injuries. We also help families who have lost loved ones due to the fault of others in wrongful death actions. We have experience helping construction workers, laborers, truck drivers, union members, and other professionals and their families.

    In addition to handling cases from start to finish, the Leary Trial Team also serves as trial counsel when colleagues call for last-minute help. Ms. Leary has been a clinical professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she taught advanced law students case investigation, courtroom advocacy, jury selection, and trial skills.

    Ms. Leary believes in giving back to the community and devotes time to pro bono service for the San Francisco and Bay Area communities. Her pro bono work was previously recognized with nominations for the State Bar of California President's Pro Bono Service Award and Jack Berman Award of Achievement.

    Ms. Leary enjoys travel, and lived for a time in Mexico City. She speaks Spanish fluently. She lives in San Francisco where she enjoys time spent with family and friends, preferably outdoors.

    About Elinor Leary

    Admitted: 2003, California

    Professional Webpage: http://www.veenfirm.com/our-firm/Elinor-Leary.shtml


    • 10 Best Female Attorneys in California, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2016
    • Jack Berman Award of Achievement Nomination, 2008
    • President’s Pro Bono Service Award Nomination, State Bar of California, 2008
    • Best Lawyers in America
    • Superb Rating, Avvo
    • Best Lawyers in America
    • Two settlements honored in California’s Top Settlements, The Recorder – Doe v. Roe Driver & Duenas v. Carter
    • AV-Preeminent for Ethical Standards & Ability, Martindale-Hubbell

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • University of San Francisco, School of Law, Board of Governors
    • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Member
    • Consumer Attorneys of California, Board of Governors at Large for the Northern District
    • American Association for Justice, Member
    • American Bar Association, Member
    • Bar Association of San Francisco, Member - Lawyer Referral and Information Service

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Food From the Bar, San Francisco and Marin Food Banks, Volunteer, 2013
    • La Casa de las Madres, Past Volunteer
    • GAAP, Past Volunteer

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Speaker, Jury Selection, SFTLA, Tahoe Shred, 2016
    • Panel Moderator, What's Trending Now, CAOC, 2016
    • Faculty, Trial Boot Camp Series “Being Real – How to Talk to Jurors in Voir Dire, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
    • Speaker, Intensive Advocacy Program, Co-Director, University Of San Francisco School Of Law, 2016
    • Speaker, Criminal and Juvenile Justice Clinic, “Jury Selection”, University Of San Francisco School Of Law, 2015
    • Faculty, Intensive Advocacy Program, University Of San Francisco School Of Law, 2015
    • Author, Let Your Case Speak For Itself, Make the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur work for you, 2015
    • Speaker, Jury Voir Dire: The Challenges of Eliciting Vital Information, University Of San Francisco School Of Law Chapter Of The American Inn Of Court, 2014
    • Speaker, Criminal and Juvenile Justice Clinic, “Jury Selection", University Of San Francisco School Of Law, 2014
    • Author, Protecting Immigrant Clients From Having Their Cases Undervalued: Immigration Status Should Not Interfere With a Damages Suit, Plaintiff Magazine, 2013
    • Author, Waging war in the trial court and at the court of appeal, Plaintiff Magazine, 2012
    • Author, Products Liability: The Manufacturer’s Insurer as a Defendant, 2011
    • Author, Putting the best face on your client – “warts and all”, Plaintiff Magazine, 2011
    • Author, A defendant for your products-liability case, Plaintiff Magazine, 2011
    • Co-author, “Criminal” torts – Maximizing your client’s recovery through effective use of victim restitution, Plaintiff Magazine, 2011
    • Author, Maximize your closing argument, Plaintiff Magazine, 2009
    • University Of San Francisco School Of Law

    Educational Background:

    • University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, CaliforniaJ.D., Honors: Advocate of the Year; Edward J. McFetridge Award for Excellence in Advocacy; Public Interest Law Foundation, Member; Women’s Law Association, Member; Law Review: USF, Editor, 2003
    • American University, Washington, D.C. B.A., Major: Law and Society, Literature
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    Office Location for Elinor Leary

    20 Haight Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102

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    Last Updated: 2/23/2020

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