Leah McKeever - Associate

Leah McKeever is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ Scottsdale office. Her practice focuses on defense of general liability and personal injury matters on behalf of individuals and businesses.

Prior to joining Tyson & Mendes, Ms. McKeever represented clients in personal injury cases including general liability, auto and premises liability, and wrongful death, as well as property damage and defamation cases. She has successfully resolved hundreds of personal injury matters for her clients. Her experience also includes contributing to the drafting and filing of patent and trademark applications on behalf of clients through the Intellectual Property Clinic during law school.

Ms. McKeever achieved her J.D. from The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in 2017, where she was a member of the Student Bar Association, served on the Arizona Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, and participated in the US Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Law School Certification Programs for patents and trademarks, receiving an Intellectually Property Certification. She obtained her B.S. in Political Science from The University of Arizona in 2013. Ms. McKeever is licensed to practice law in Arizona.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends. She also enjoys traveling, running, reading, and equestrianism.


Recent Posts

Safety Rules on Braking Technology Did Not Preempt State Tort Claim According to Arizona Supreme Court

The Arizona Supreme Court’s recently reviewed a case centered around the issue of preemption. Generally, under the doctrine of preemption, federal law preempts lawsuits based on state law claims…

Arizona Court of Appeals Finds Using Cell Phone May Support a Claim for Punitive Damages

The Arizona Court of Appeals found using a cell phone while driving at the time of an accident resulting in a wrongful death or severe injuries can support a claim for punitive damages.  Plaintiffs must establish evidence of cell phone use and other evidence the driver was “consciously pursuing a course of conduct knowing it creates a substantial risk of significant harm to others.”

Arizona Appellate Court Confirms Scope of Employment is a Matter for the Jury, Unless Clearly Undisputed

The Arizona Appellate Court recently issued a decision overturning a motion for summary judgment, confirming whether an employee is within the scope of employment, for purposes of vicarious liability, is an issue for the jury, unless the facts are clearly undisputed

Arizona Court of Appeals Finds “Spoofing” Not Covered by Forgery Endorsement

In AIMS Insurance v. National Fire, et al, the Arizona Court of Appeals held a Forgery Endorsement did not provide coverage for a “spoofing” attack based upon the interpretation of the endorsement.

Arizona Supreme Court Clarifies Duty of Care Owed by Lessees

In Dabush, et al. v. Seacret Direct, LLC, et al., the Arizona Supreme Court recently held tenants who helped conduct repairs owed no duty to a third party injured on the premises.

Potential Game Changer: Howell v. Hamilton Meats Coming to Arizona?

In Arizona, a plaintiff can present the entire billed amount of past economic damages (such as past medical damages), to the jury. Plaintiffs rely on Lopez v. Safeway Stores, Inc.,[1] which applies the collateral source rule to medical expenses. Lopez provides, “plaintiffs are entitled to claim and recover the full amount of reasonable medical expenses charged, based on the reasonable value of medical services rendered…

Arizona Court of Appeals Clarifies Limitations of Rule 35 Physical and Mental Examinations

In Clayton v. Kenworthy, the Arizona Court of Appeals held the superior court abused its discretion by completely prohibiting the recording of a Rule 35(c)(2)(A), Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure, independent neuropsychological examination.

Arizona’s Equine Limited Liability Law: Enforceable Liability Releases Are Required

A horse’s nature is different from other animals. Despite their size, and surprising to many, horses are prey animals. The natural temperament of a horse is similar to a rabbit, which can be very unpredictable. For this reason, equine activities are therefore inherently dangerous. Nevertheless, equine owners or agent(s) of the owner (“equine owner(s)”) and owner(s), agent(s), or lessor of any riding stable, rodeo ground, training or boarding stable or other private property (“equine facility owner(s)”) may still be held liable of the injury or death of another.

Case Law Update: Arizona Government Notice of Claims

Humphrey, et al. v. Arizona[i]
On May 14, 2008, Pamela Humphrey and her sister-in-law, Ann Quinn were traveling on Interstate 10 between Tucson and Phoenix in Arizona when Pamela lost control of the vehicle, crossed the median, and collided with a semi-truck traveling the other direction. Both women did not survive. The accident triggered a wrongful death action for their statutory beneficiaries, including their husbands, James Humphrey (“Humphrey”) and Lynn Quinn (“Quinn”).

Impact of Arizona Supreme Court Administrative Order No. 2020-79 on Civil Matters

Arizona courts have remained open to serve the public, adjusting in-court practices and operations to continue moving cases forward despite the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. Beginning on June 1, 2020, Arizona courts will begin to transition to in-person proceedings to the extent they can be safely accomplished, and on June 15, 2020, jury trials may resume, subject to the…

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