Quiyarra McCahey


Quiyarra  is a litigation associate with experience defending lawsuits at all stages, including trial and appeal. Her approach centers prompt communication, ongoing collaboration with clients, exceptional work product, and excellent results. Her practice focuses on general commercial litigation, and she has represented clients on a wide range of civil litigation matters in the areas of retail and hospitality, commercial transportation, labor and employment, professional liability, and products liability.

In addition to her civil litigation practice, Quiyarra has extensive experience representing coal mining companies and insurance carriers defending claims for federal black lung benefits. She has appeared in hundreds of cases adjudicated before the Department of Labor Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, Office of Administrative Law Judges, and Benefits Review Board. In this high volume practice area, Quiyarra took pride in comprehensive assessment of the issues in each individual case, which frequently involved consulting with medical experts, investigating corporate structuring and insurance coverage, and marshalling third party discovery. In doing so, Quiyarra gained a technical understanding of medical concepts, particularly cardiopulmonary processes, as well as various aspects of the mining industry. Quiyarra also looked beyond the adjudication of individual claims with an eye toward long-term strategic risk mitigation and advised clients as appropriate on practical trends, legal updates, reserve budgeting, and subrogation rights.

As a law student, Quiyarra completed a summer externship with United States District Judge Jay Garcia-Gregory in the District of Puerto Rico, ranked as a Moot Court Competition finalist, and served as an editor for UCI Law’s Law Review and Journal of International, Transnational, and Comparative Law. She graduated the University of California, Irvine School of Law with high honors for her significant pro bono work. 

After law school, Quiyarra worked as a judicial law clerk to Magistrate Judge Collin H. Lindsay in the Western District of Kentucky and District Judge Claria Horn Boom in the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky


  • University of California, Irvine School of Law  (J.D., with high honors)
    • Dean’s Merit Scholar
  • University of California, Berkeley  (B.A.)
    • Legal Studies

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky
  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California