Tope Leyimu focuses her practice on people and families whose lives have been affected by catastrophic injuries or death as a result of corporate wrongdoing, occupational hazards and environmental negligence.
She is also actively involved in litigation on behalf of victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
While a law student at the University of Virginia School of Law, Tope interned with the Legal Aid Justice Center of Charlottesville, Va., and participated in the family mediation clinic mediating disputes between parties. Tope worked as a law clerk at a firm in the Jacksonville, Fla., area, where she gained experience drafting legal memoranda, complaints and pre-trial motions on evidentiary issues. She also helped prepare for mediations involving probate and products liability issues stemming from wrongful death cases.
Tope served as a Lile Moot Court Competitor at the University of Virginia School of Law, and she also served on the board of the Virginia Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, as the President of Phi Alpha Delta, the Vice President of Communications of ABLE (Action for a Better Living Environment), and on the Policy Council for the Black Law Student Association.
Active in her community, Tope serves on the board for Charleston Habitat for Humanity, as well as the Board of Directors for HALOS, an organization which provides support and advocacy to abused and neglected children and kinship caregivers. She also serves on the board of the Green Heart Project, a volunteer-assisted service-learning organization that integrates school farms as outdoor classrooms and connects students to fresh, healthy, locally-grown produce. She is also the Chair of the Women’s Caucus for the South Carolina Association for Justice. Previously, she volunteered with the Virginia Innocence Project Student Group, a student legal research group that assists with the investigation and screening of cases involving prisoners convicted of serious crimes where cognizable claims of actual innocence exist.
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2013
B.A., with honors, University of Central Florida, 2009
American Association for Justice
American Bar Association
South Carolina Association for Justice, Chair – Women's Caucus
South Carolina Bar Association
- South Carolina
Admitted to Practice Before
U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
Litigation AreasAsbestos Exposure Consumer Fraud Protection Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Toxic Exposure
Awards and Accolades
2021 Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs; Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs; Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
2017–2020 South Carolina Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list
Personal injury–general: plaintiff
Class of 2018