Community Law & Civil Litigation

Melanie C. McKeddie is the managing partner of McKeddie Cooley, GP, which she founded in February 2011.  She was admitted to practice law before all Arizona Courts in May 2004 after graduating early, with honors, from California Western School of Law in San Diego, California.  Ms. McKeddie attended law school as a Kennedy Scholar, the highest scholarship awarded by the school in honor of Justice Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court.  She completed her undergraduate degree at Arizona State University, where she was a Regent’s Merit Scholar, also graduating early with the school’s highest honors.  Ms. McKeddie was hired by a reputable, general litigation Phoenix law firm immediately after her law school graduation.  While spending the next 8 years working as an associate attorney there, she founded a homeowner-based law practice with that firm’s managing partner.  Working together, they developed this area of law at a time when few, if any, other attorneys were representing homeowners rather than the associations.  Ms. McKeddie has continued to represent homeowners through her own law firm, expanding upon the goals that she began working towards as an associate attorney.  Ms. McKeddie takes pride in working towards leveling the playing field for association law and litigation, which is currently slanted towards the associations.  In that respect, she has taken on several high-profile cases that have resulted in interviews with the local news, she has published articles on homeowners’ association law, and she has spoken with legislators and public advocacy groups.  While Ms. McKeddie has also handled several other types of civil matters, ranging from business litigation to personal injury litigation, she has always focused her practice on representing homeowners in disputes with their associations.  It is her hope that she can continue to change the legal landscape such that the law will recognize the rights of the owners and no longer be biased towards the associations. 

-Graduated with honors from Arizona State University
            ~Writing mentor, merit scholarship recipient, writing scholarship awardee

-Graduated with honors from California Western School of Law
            ~Kennedy Scholar, Law Review Editor

-Admitted to practice before all Arizona Courts in 2004

-Published “A Case for Reasonableness”, a review of Tierra Ranchos, an Arizona landmark case dealing with homeowners’ rights

-Represented clients in the Maricopa County Justice Courts, Maricopa, Pinal, Pima and Yavapai County Superior Courts, the Arizona Court of Appeals and the Arizona Supreme Court

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McKeddie Cooley

Justin R. Cooley began his legal career in 2001 working for one of San Diego's largest law firms as part of its in-house process service team while he obtained his paralegal certificate from the University of San Diego, where he graduated with honors.  While working as a paralegal to the senior partner of a large Phoenix law firm, Justin earned both his B.S. degree (with honors) from Arizona State University and his J.D. degree (with honors) from Arizona Summit Law School where he was a Law Review Board Member, Moot Court Competitor (Second Pl. Intra. Schol. Comp., Semi-Finalist Gibbons Crim. Pro. Intern. Comp.) and Research Assistant to Hon. (Ret.) Judge Dave Cole.  Justin joined the law firm in 2011 and has since remained an advocate for the lawful operation of the non-profit corporation that is the homeowners’ association.  Justin also assists all types of clients with risk awareness and avoidance, as well as alternative dispute resolution.  Justin assists corporations with wind-ups and dissolutions, as well as transacting business throughout the country with all the protections of local laws.  Mr. Cooley has been published on the topic of Arizona homeowners’ association law and continues to advocate for owners' rights.

-Graduated with honors from University of San Diego

           ~Merit scholarship recipient

-Graduated with honors from Arizona State University
            ~Merit scholarship recipient

-Graduated with honors from Arizona Summit Law School
            ~Law Review Managing Board Member, Moot Court Competition Semi-finalist, merit scholarship recipient, Intra-scholastic moot court competition finalist (second place), Research assistant to Judge (Ret.) Dave Cole

-Admitted to practice before all Arizona Courts in 2011

-Published “Arizona’s Planned Community Act: A Good Start, but far From the Finish Line”, a review of Arizona’s statutory scheme relating to homeowners’ associations with analysis of litigation trends.  

-Represented clients in the Maricopa County Justice Courts, Maricopa, Pinal, Pima and Yavapai County Superior Courts, the Arizona Court of Appeals and the Arizona Supreme Court.