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RivaLee Ferland


RivaLee focuses her practice in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, environmental law, and catastrophic personal injury.

In her civil and commercial disputes practice, RivaLee assists with cases involving breach of contract, property loss claims, collections, and other corporate transaction disputes. In environmental, she works with the G&K team who provides comprehensive counsel to an international mining company, specifically in the areas of TSCA Asbestos Reporting requirements and superfund site work. She also works with our employment group to represent schools against alleged employment claims involving disability and sexual discrimination, retaliation, and False Claims Act disputes.

For individuals who have suffered a catastrophic injury or death, she advocates for clients and their families in matters involving aviation disasters, product defects, medical negligence, and motor vehicle accidents. Learn more by visiting RivaLee’s profile on our personal injury website.

During law school, RivaLee interned for one summer at Gallagher & Kennedy, where she acquainted herself with all aspects of the firm’s practice, including anti-trust litigation, commercial property disputes, commercial contract litigation, personal injury and wrongful death actions, and criminal defense. She also had legal externships with the United States District Court for the District of Arizona for Judge Teilborg and the Department of Justice, Criminal Division for U.S. Attorney General William Barr.

RivaLee’s passion for teaching led her to serve as an Academic Success Program (ASP) Tutor for first-year law students and as a Teacher’s Assistant in “Legal Analysis” during law school.

RivaLee received the following honors/awards in law school:

  • Dean’s Recruitment Award
  • ASU Law Book Scholarship
  • Jeremy Govekar Endowed Academic Scholarship
  • CALI Awards (Contracts, Music Law)
  • Best Oral Advocate Winner (Legal Advocacy)

While earning her undergraduate degree, she served as a Research Assistant in UofA’s “Psychology, Policy, and Law Lab” and founded an annual student-run music festival, “Bear Down Music Festival,” as part of her leadership roles on the Wildcat Events Board. RivaLee also interned in the Office of the Attorney General – Criminal Division, in Providence, RI, for AG Peter Kilmartin, and with the Tucson Justice Court – Evictions unit.

See RivaLee’s profile on our main website.

Honors & Awards

  • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, 2024

National Trial Lawyer Logo 40 under 40

My secretary used them and said nothing but good things. My initial conversation with them went well and seemed to be pretty straight up, which I can’t say for all lawyers that I have spoken to.


Approximately a year and a half ago, my son was hit by an SUV while walking on the shoulder of a road; he suffered from multiple serious injuries while also sustaining horrific brain trauma. As his mother, I could only hope and pray that he would survive this disturbing event. I was in a state of extreme emotional disbelief being in a position of uncertainty regarding the life of my son. Even if he survived, the uncertainty of the quality of the rest of his life had still proven to be a permanent scar within my mind. This uncertainty was so great, that I had decided to speak to a legal council. By the grace of God, I had thankfully found the most compassionate and intelligent legal team available to me. This legal team had been under the company known as Gallagher & Kennedy Injury Lawyers. Shannon Clark and Eleanor Shaffer were my angels straight from Heaven, blessing me with the promise of legal stability and representation that I had longed for since the incident. They have been there for my entire family throughout this traumatic experience. I can say without hesitation that they have shown the kind of compassion and concern that I desperately needed, which was more than I could have ever hoped for. They had provided attention to the legal aspects of this situation, of which I could not provide because my attention was focused towards the recovery of my son. They had given me the support and care that I had needed in order to push on through this painful event. I can vouch for them in saying that they did not take on this case simply for financial gain, but for moral reasons. If you ever need an attorney to walk you through a case involving an injury, these are the people that you need to contact! They put the victim and their family above all else. God bless everyone at Gallagher & Kennedy who provided all the support and aid to my son, as well as my family.

Mother and Family of Robert

Great experience with Matt [Boatman] and his team they made a stressful situation very comfortable an easy hands on experience for me. Thank you again.

Kat SumterGoogle

They were extremely compassionate, caring, professional, personable, even though this case was so very traumatic to our family. They explained everything to us in detail so that we understood perfectly what was happening and what the next process needs to be without making us feel ignorant and or stupid because we didn’t have any legal background. They were absolutely wonderful I couldn’t imagine going through this with anyone else!

Lona McCumberGoogle

In abundance….my case was handled with utmost care and professionalism!! Personalized attention to a very difficult set of circumstances with a phenomenal conclusion that went above and beyond my expectations!!



  • Arizona State University
    J.D., cum laude, 2022
    Staff Writer, Law Journal
  • University of Arizona
    B.A., Psychology and English, 2019
    Phi Beta Kappa
    Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity


  • Arizona, 2022