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“Advocating for people, particularly in the types of law we practice here, requires compassion. And this is where I believe my experience and legal knowledge can have the greatest positive impact.”

- Leah Parady



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Tried Cases Before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims

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Retired Veteran (Lt. Colonel, U.S. Air Force) with 18 years of service

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Master’s in Healthcare Administration in addition to her law degree

Attorney Leah Parady

Personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney Leah Parady joined the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in 2024 after serving 18 years in the Air Force. Now, she channels her energy and efforts toward seeking justice and compensation for individuals harmed by others’ negligence.

Leah’s journey began in New Hampshire before taking her to California, all over the world, and eventually to North Carolina. During college, she completed Air Force R.O.T.C. while studying for her Bachelor’s in Human Development and Family Studies. While on active duty, she continued her studies and obtained a Master’s in Healthcare Administration.

The Person Concerned With What Happens After Combat

Over her career in the Air Force – her callsign was Chairman – Leah was sent to some of the world’s hotspots and later served as a medical planner for U.S. operations in Europe. She served as the U.S. liaison to NATO for medical planning, making sure soldiers had the necessary medical facilities, supplies, and care.

Hospital administration is complicated enough without having to account for the limitations and eccentricities of different nations and questions of who they’d treat, and for what. It taught her the arts of navigating cultural boundaries and nuanced negotiation.

Profound Perspective at a Cost

Leah retired due to combat-related PTSD and spent significant time in treatment. Her battle with it became a powerful motivator, and she decided to enroll in law school to help others going through difficult times.

“Now, I’m on the other side of those years of dealing with it, and I can approach it from a place of authenticity. I understand it in a way that wouldn’t be possible without having gone through it myself.”

After obtaining her JD from Campbell University School of Law, Leah started her own firm and provided legal services and free advice to veterans seeking benefits. She also helped those who did not need legal services but who might otherwise have fallen prey to scams and profiteers waiting to charge them for what should be free advice.

Fairness Is Never Optional

Each day, Leah is motivated by an iconic Knute Rockney quote: Win or lose, do it fairly.”

Leah’s life experience, desire to serve, and powerful sense of fairness power the work she does for injured people. She is driven to help personal injury victims, people seeking workers’ compensation benefits, and other people in need. She finds it particularly rewarding to assist people with the complicated issues that accompany so many injury cases.

Her experience representing other veterans before the Department of Veterans Affairs – a sprawling bureaucracy – has come in handy when taking on private insurance companies.  For Leah, understanding an insurer’s corporate policy documents and how it defines “terms of art” such as medical necessity and durable medical equipment is critical to helping clients level the playing field with powerful corporations.

The Beauty Is in the Details

Leah enjoys art and the meticulous beauty of beadwork. Details matter.

Meticulous also describes her work in challenging cases. In one case, she helped a young veteran suffering from PTSD – a difficult thing to prove because it is often “embarrassing” for veterans to admit and report – obtain the help and care he needed.

“It took time, but the result was worth it: the disability benefits provided a degree of financial stability for a veteran unable to maintain regular employment, as well as much-needed medical care and prescriptions.”

This outcome required the careful, tireless, and meticulous collection of enough circumstantial and corroborating evidence to convince a skeptical agency to provide care. It paid off, and Leah and the veteran are still in contact to this day.1

Outside of the office, Leah and her twin sister have a birthday tradition of giving gifts to close friends instead of getting them. Leah says the tradition makes birthdays “a true celebration of friendship.”

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Licensed In

  • North Carolina

Practice Area


  • NC Bar Association, Military and Veterans Division
  • National Organization of Veterans Advocates

Law School

Campbell University, Norman A. Wiggins School of Law
Raleigh, NC
2021, J.D.


Webster University
Little Rock, AR
1995, M.A. Healthcare Administration

University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH
1993, B.S. Human Development and Family Studies