Elinor Leary

Elinor Leary

The Veen Firm, LLP

Recognized since 2016

San Francisco, California

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs

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Elinor Leary is a partner at the Veen Firm, and leads the Leary Trial Team. Her team handles complex cases that involve life-altering injuries or death. Elinor 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. Elinor has tried numerous cases to verdict as well as reached large settlements in numerous other cases, including cases listed in The Recorder’s “Top Settlements” publications.

Elinor provides extensive knowledge of the civil justice system and a commitment to helping clients when they face difficult times after a catastrophe. Her clients have suffered fractures, amputations, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and severe burns. Elinor has also helped families who have lost loved ones due to the fault of others in wrongful death actions.

In addition to handling cases from start to finish, the Elinor and her team serves as trial counsel when colleagues call for last-minute help. Elinor has been a clinical professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she taught case investigation, courtroom advocacy, jury selection, and trial skills. She is also co-director of USF’s Intensive Advocacy Program, which teaches law student how to become courtroom advocates in the pursuit of justice.

Elinor 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 has been recognized with nominations for the State Bar of California President’s Pro Bono Service Award and Jack Berman Award of Achievement. She has also been recognized for her contributions to the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Federal Pro Bono Project.

Elinor 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.

  • 20 Haight Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Spanish
  • University of San Francisco, J.D., graduated 2003
  • American University, BA, graduated 1994
Bar Admissions
  • California, Northern District, Federal
  • United States, U.S. Supreme Court
  • California, All State Courts
  • Irish Legal 100 - Member
  • American Association for Justice - Member
  • American Bar Association - Fellow
  • BASF Lawyer Referral and Information Service - Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of California - Board of Governors
  • Litigation Counsel of America - Fellow
  • Public Justice - Member
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association - Member
  • The Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) - Member
  • Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) - Board of Directors
  • United Irish Cultural Center - Member

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Selected to the Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars List, 2011 - 2013
  • Two settlements honored in California’s Top Settlements, The Recorder – Doe v. Roe Driver & Duenas v. Carter
  • Rated AV-Preeminent for Ethical Standards & Ability – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected by peers to The Best Lawyers in America – US News & World Report, 2016 - present
  • Top 50: Women Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Top 100: Northern California Super Lawyers
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Female Attorneys in California
  • Selected to the Northern California Super Lawyers List, 2014 - present– Top 5% of attorneys, as voted by peers
  • Nominated for the State Bar of California President’s Pro Bono Service Award
  • Nominated for the Jack Berman Award of Achievement
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Construction Law

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