Lea McDermid McKenna

Lea McDermid McKenna (formerly Lea McDermid) is Of Counsel to the firm. Prior to joining the firm, she owned a law practice for 13 years, where she operated a successful and busy immigration law office. She continues to represent immigrants, their families and their employers, while also offering clients representation with estate planning, trust administration, and probate. She enjoys representing clients from diverse backgrounds and is fluent in Spanish.

Lea graduated from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law in 2001, where she was a member of the editorial board of the California Law Review. After graduating from law school, she clerked for Chief Justice Dana Fabe of the Alaska Supreme Court.  As an undergraduate, Lea attended the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with honors.

She is a member of the Alaska Bar Association and the California Bar Association. She also has been admitted to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She serves as a Commissioner on the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission and has served as the Chair of the Immigration Section of the Alaska Bar Association. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Various media outlets, including KSKA 91.1, the Alaska Dispatch News, and KTUU, have interviewed her to gain her insight into current issues in immigration law. She has also presented at the Alaska Bar Association’s Annual Convention and at other continuing legal education events.

She studied Spanish in Mexico and Guatemala and worked in the fields of social services and criminal justice for six years in San Francisco and Santa Barbara, California before going to law school. Lea is passionate about traveling and she has traveled extensively in Mexico, Central America, Europe, and Southeast Asia. In her free time she and her husband enjoying hiking, skiing, cycling, pack rafting and camping with their two children.

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