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John Leader

John  Leader

405 W. Cool Drive
Suite 107
Tucson, Arizona 85704
United States

Telephone: 520-575-9040
Firm: Leader Law Firm
Practice Overview:
The Leader Law Firm handles personal injury and wrongful death law in Tucson, Arizona. John Leader specializes in defective roadway cases, with several multi-million dollar verdicts in Arizona. With over 25 years of legal experience, both as a federal prosecutor and a civil trial attorney, John, and his staff understand the uncertainties, pain, and challenges you may be facing after an injury. We help clients receive justice and compensation for their injuries and losses from negligence or other wrongdoing. Many personal injury cases settle out of court before going to trial. We are prepared to take your case to a jury trial, if necessary. It’s our goal to get you the best results possible in your compensation claim for your injuries and losses. Contact us for a free evaluation of your case.


Professional Profile:
John is a personal injury trial lawyer who has practiced law in Arizona since 1989. A long time Tucson resident; he is a graduate (with distinction) from the University of Arizona in 1985. He attended the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, receiving his Juris Doctorate in 1988. During law school, John was a member of the Arizona Law Review.

He is admitted to practice law in all city, county and state courts in Arizona. Also, John is admitted to practice law in the United States District Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and the Pima County Bar Association.

In law school, John had the honor of spending a semester in Washington, D.C., working on “the Hill” for then Senator Dennis DeConcini. After law school, John landed a prestigious federal judicial court clerkship for Judge Alfredo C. Marquez in Tucson.

In 1990, John was selected as an Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, where he spent nine years representing the United States of America in the Criminal Division. As a federal prosecutor, John litigated approximately fifty federal jury trials in the U.S. District Court and presented over 15 oral arguments before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. John has authored approximately forty Ninth Circuit Court Appellate briefs.

In 1999, John entered private civil practice with Haralson, Miller, Pitt, and McAnally, where he was an associate to Dale Haralson. During this time, John authored two “Amicus Curiae” Briefs, one that was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court [Norfolk Southern R. Co. v. Shanklin, 529 U.S. 344 (2000)] and another lodged with the Arizona Supreme Court [Isbell v. State, 198 Ariz. 291 (2000)].

John opened his legal practice in 2007 and continued private civil litigation on behalf of his clients at the Leader Law Firm.

John is a member of the American Trial Lawyer’s Association, the Arizona Trial Lawyer’s Association, and the Western Trial Lawyer’s Association.

Verdicts & Settlements

In 2014, John successfully argued a case before the Supreme Court of the United States; a genuinely unique honor for an attorney.

In 2012, he obtained a $7.8 million dollar wrongful death jury verdict against the State of Arizona in an I-10 accident case.

In December 2015, John received a $47 million dollar wrongful death jury verdict against the State of Arizona in a similar I-10 accident case. This judgment was the second highest civil verdict of 2015 in Arizona, per “Arizona Attorney” magazine.

John Leader is a highly respected and experienced Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Attorney. He specializes in helping his clients receive justice and compensation for their injuries and losses from negligence or other wrongdoing. He understands the challenges and difficulties you may be facing after an injury from a car accident or other type of injury.

Highly Rated by Clients

Read reviews from Leader Law Firm clients talking about their experience with John Leader on Avvo.com. He has a unique combination of experience, legal expertise and personal compassion for his clients.

UndergraduateUniversity of ArizonaBachelor of Arts1985
LawJames E. Rogers College of Law, University of ArizonaJuris Doctorate1988

Affiliations & Memberships:
State Bar of Arizona
Arizona Trial Lawyer's Association
American Association for Justice
Western Trial Lawyer's Association