Two Renaissance Square

40 North Central Avenue
Suite 2700
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Phone: 602-263-1700
Fax: 602-651-7599

Location Information


Steven D. Leach
Partner


sleach@jshfirm.com
TEL: 602-263-7350
FAX: 602-200-7873

Education

University of Iowa College of Law
J.D., with High Distinction, 1987
Graduated Top 10% of Class; Order of the Coif; Moot Court Board

University of Iowa
B.A., Political Science, 1984
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
Member of Hawkeye Marching
Band, 1980-1984


Bar Admissions

Arizona, 1987
U.S. District Court,
District of Arizona, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals,
Ninth Circuit, 1987


Steven D. Leach


Steve has represented Arizona businesses and public entities throughout his 25+ year legal career before State and Federal Courts and agencies.  Steve’s practice is focused on defending claims based on employment law and on tort theories, including claims concerning municipal/governmental liability, professional liability, products liability and premises liability.

Steve also works with clients to manage their risk of legal exposure, especially with respect to employment practices liability. He is committed to guiding his clients through the employment practices minefield in the most effective and efficient manner possible. 

Steve understands employment and tort law from the insurance industry prospective.  He has worked with insurers for most of his career and appreciates a carrier’s need for timely and objective evaluations and effective reporting.  Steve recognizes the benefits of pooling the knowledge and experience of insurer, client and counsel to reach a successful outcome.

Representing business is a dynamic and demanding area of law.  Success requires the appropriate level of experience, knowledge, objectivity and strategic planning. Steve possesses those tools and attacks legal issues with a pragmatic, effective approach.

Steve is routinely asked to speak on legal issues at local, regional and national seminars and conventions.


Professional Associations & Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona (Employment & Labor Law Section, Member)

Civic/Community Associations

  • Fiesta Bowl
    • Board of Directors, 2011 to present
      • Chairman-Elect 2016-2017 Season
      • Executive Committee Member
      • Team Liaison (Iowa State, Iowa, Oregon, UCF, Oklahoma State, Arizona State)
    • Fiesta Bowl Committee
      • Committee Chair, 2010 to 2011
      • Committee Commissioner, 2008 to 2011
  • 2016 CFP National Championship Organizing Committee – Hospitality Chair and Lead Team Liaison (Alabama)
  • 2017 Final Four Committee – Team Host
  • Fighter Country Partnership – Supporting Luke Air Force Base
    • Honorary Commander 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
    • Honorary Commander 944th Fighter Wing Operations Group
  • Phoenix Air National Guard Patriots – Supporting Arizona Air National Guard Units, Including the 161st Air Refueling Wing
    • Board of Directors, 2016 – present
  • Past Board Member for Audrey's Angels, a non-profit organization that provides music and craft services to assisted living homes in the Phoenix metropolitan area.


Professional Recognitions & Awards

  • AV® Preeminent™ Rated on Martindale Hubbell

Presentations & Publications

  • "Current Issues In Government Liability," Moderator, 2015 Governmental Liability Seminar
  • "Current Issues In Government Liability," Moderator, 2014 Governmental Liability Seminar
  • "Analyzing the Changing Winds in Employment Law: Workplace Bullying, Retaliation Expansion, and More," Co-Presenter, 2012 JSH Governmental Liability Seminar
  • Steve has repeatedly spoken at national or regional conferences for organizations like the USLAW Network, RIMS (Risk Management and Insurance Society), PRIMA (Public Risk Management Association), and PLAN (Professional Lines Attorney Network). He also presents locally at Jones, Skelton and Hochuli seminars, as well as seminars presented by other local professional and business organizations.  Steve is committed to providing his clients educational programs to assist them in managing their employment practices liability risks.

As an experienced employment attorney, Steve published an article entitled “The Frustrating EEOC Conciliation Process”, in the Summer 2015 edition of the JSH Reporter, which discusses flaws in the EEOC conciliation process and what employers can do to help defend charges of discrimination. 

Steve Leach and Gordon Lewis recorded a live webinar event on May 8th titled, "Employment Issues That Should Keep You Up At Night." - Click here to listen to the recording