Queena Mewers

Lecturer

Associate Director of Academic Skills, UC Irvine School of Law

Background:

Queena Mewers joined UCI Law’s Academic Skills Program (ASP) in 2015 after practicing as a litigator for 10 years and teaching first-year Legal Writing and Advocacy at USC Gould School of Law for four years.

Ms. Mewers was Counsel at Crowell & Moring LLP’s Orange County office, where she practiced primarily in the areas of insurance coverage litigation and general business litigation.  Ms. Mewers has handled a variety of litigation matters in both state and federal courts and at both the trial and appellate levels.  She has also handled matters in arbitration.  Ms. Mewers’s insurance practice focused on representing and counseling insurance companies in coverage disputes involving bad faith and long-tail claims (such as asbestos, environmental, and sexual molestation liabilities).  As part of her general civil litigation practice, Ms. Mewers handled disputes involving a broad range of issues, such as construction defects, credit reporting, fraud, intellectual property & trade secrets, pension/retirement law, torts, and unfair business practices.  Representative cases included:

  • As appellate counsel, successfully obtained the full reversal of a $15 million "bad faith" judgment against an insurance company in California state court
  • Successfully defended county-employee retirement associations in numerous administrative mandamus proceedings and subsequent appeals in California state courts
  • Successfully prosecuted an equitable contribution action on behalf of an insurance company in federal court
  • Assisted in achieving favorable settlements for clients by successfully obtaining numerous favorable court rulings on key legal issues through pretrial and post-trial motions

While at Crowell, Ms. Mewers participated actively in the firm’s administration, including serving as Co-Chair of the Orange County office’s Recruiting and Summer Associates Program Committees for several years. Outside of the firm, Ms. Mewers served as Vice-Chair of the Insurance Law Section of the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) and as Co-Chair of the Mentorship Committee of the Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA). She also volunteered for pro bono cases through the Public Law Center of Orange County.

Ms. Mewers received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). While in law school, Ms. Mewers served as an ASP Tutor and interned at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, the East Bay Community Law Center, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Before attending law school, Ms. Mewers graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley, where she received her B.A. in Classical Civilizations and was an Incentive Awards scholar and a Gates Millennium Scholar.

qmewers@law.uci.edu

Current Courses:

Legal Analysis and Writing for Practice

Prior Courses:
Legal Analysis and Writing for Practice