Elinor Leary

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in San Francisco, California

The Veen Firm
Elinor Leary
The Veen Firm

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Products Liability

Licensed in California since: 2003

Education: University of San Francisco School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013
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The Veen Firm

20 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94102 Phone: 415-673-4800 Email: Elinor Leary Visit website


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.

First Admitted: 2003, California

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

Educational Background:
  • American University, Washington, D.C. B.A., Major: Law and Society, Literature
  • 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
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Fellow
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Board 
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Board of Governors at Large for the Northern District
  • University of San Francisco School of Law, Co-director Intensive Advocacy Program
  • AV-Preeminent for Ethical Standards & Ability, Martindale-Hubbell
  • , Honoree, Irish Legal 100, 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • President’s Pro Bono Service Award Nomination, State Bar of California, 2008
  • 10 Best Female Attorneys in California, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2016
  • Superb Rating, Avvo
  • Jack Berman Award of Achievement Nomination, 2008
  • Two settlements honored in California’s Top Settlements, The Recorder – Doe v. Roe Driver & Duenas v. Carter
  • Best Lawyers in America
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Author, Let Your Case Speak For Itself, Make the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur work for you, 2015
  • Faculty, Trial Boot Camp Series “Being Real – How to Talk to Jurors in Voir Dire, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Panel Moderator, What's Trending Now, CAOC, 2016
  • Speaker, Jury Selection, SFTLA, Tahoe Shred, 2016
  • Faculty, Intensive Advocacy Program, University Of San Francisco School Of Law, 2015
  • Speaker, Criminal and Juvenile Justice Clinic, “Jury Selection”, University Of San Francisco School Of Law, 2015
  • Speaker, Criminal and Juvenile Justice Clinic, “Jury Selection", University Of San Francisco School Of Law, 2014
  • 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
  • Author, Maximize your closing argument, Plaintiff Magazine, 2009
  • Co-author, “Criminal” torts – Maximizing your client’s recovery through effective use of victim restitution, Plaintiff Magazine, 2011
  • Author, Waging war in the trial court and at the court of appeal, Plaintiff Magazine, 2012
  • Author, Protecting Immigrant Clients From Having Their Cases Undervalued: Immigration Status Should Not Interfere With a Damages Suit, Plaintiff Magazine, 2013
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • United Irish Cultural Center, Member and volunteer, 2021
  • La Casa de las Madres, Past Volunteer
  • GAAP, Past Volunteer
  • Food From the Bar, San Francisco and Marin Food Banks, Volunteer

Office location for Elinor Leary

20 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94102


10 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013

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