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Cory R. McKenna

Criminal defense Attorney at Portland, ME

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State ME
    Acquired 2013
    Active No misconduct found

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About Cory

Learn Cory’s areas of practice.

Cory R. McKenna is an Attorney and Owner of McKenna PLLC. Cory’s practice focuses primarily on criminal and family law. 

He has handled hundreds of criminal cases, ranging from misdemeanor driving offenses to felony drug offenses and serious violent crimes. 

Cory has successfully defended clients in both jury and bench trials throughout southern Maine.  He has extensive experience defending Operating Under the Influence charges, where he has won Bureau of Motor Vehicle hearings and obtained numerous criminal dismissals of the charge.  Cory has represented countless clients on criminal Domestic Violence charges and civil Protection from Abuse petitions, where his knowledge of the law and investigative resources have frequently attained dismissals and deferred dispositions of the charges.  Cory has successfully defended virtually every type of drug offense, using his resources in mental health and addiction treatment to get clients back on their feet and out of jail. 

In family law, Cory has handled countless matters, ranging from child protective to parental rights and divorce. He has immense trial experience before the court in these cases. However, Cory finds that trials are often a option of last resort that don't always get clients want they want and tries to use a collaborative approach to solve family matters without the stress of trial.

While in law school, Cory worked as a student attorney at the Intellectual Property Clinic, where he practiced before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. There, he gained valuable experience in several areas: successfully defending Mainers’ trademarks against international corporations, registering the City of Portland’s trademark, assisting local artists with copyright registration, and advising entrepreneurs on the patentability of new inventions. Furthermore, Cory served a Carvers Fellow at the Conservation Law Foundation, where he gained experience in environmental law. He also worked as well a law clerk at a Portland law firm, where he gained experience in a wide variety of legal areas. Prior to founding McKenna  PLLC, Cory was an associate at another Portland law firm, where he focused on criminal defense, family matters and personal injury.

Cory graduated from the University of Vermont in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. In 2013, Cory earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law, where he earned the school’s Pro Bono Service Award for providing legal service to the community on a volunteer basis.

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McKenna PLLC
75 Pearl St.
Suite 216
Portland, ME, 04101


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Posted by lisa | June 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cory McKenna is an exceptional Lawyer
Extremely satisfied with his services. He went the extra mile to help me get my kitty back. Very prompt returning phone calls. Highly recommend him.
Posted by Jody | July 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
court case
Cory was an awesome lawyer . He did exactly what he needed to do and so did I , he was willing to listen and because I knew I had no fault he believed in me and all my charges where dropped !!!! Cory McKenna I would recommend to anyone. If I should ever need a lawyer I know who to call , thank u for everything and believing in me ... many thanks
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Posted by Jordan | May 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Love the attorneys from Fairfield and associate's
Cory McKenna and his team and crew will do their very best to help you and your case they did a very good job with all my cases and couldn't have asked for a better crew and would like to thank all of them for helping me get on with my life it is very much appreciated!
Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Cory McKenna is very professional and understanding. He is also effective at explaining lengthy and confusing concepts.


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 60-225 per hour
  • Contingency 22%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • McKenna PLLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Fairfield & Associates
  • 2014 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Peter J. Cyr
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Student Attorney
  • Center for Law & Innovation - University of Maine School of Law
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Offices of Peter J. Cyr
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Carvers Legal Intern
  • Conservation Law Foundation
  • 2011 - 2011
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  • University of Maine School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • University of Vermont
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009

Legal Cases

  • State of Maine v. C. E.
  • Case Dismissed.


  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • New England Rising Stars - Criminal Defense
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Top 40 Under 40 Invitation
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Pro bono publica
  • University of Maine School of Law
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Is There a Role for a Public Defender System in Maine?
  • Public Defender System in Maine
  • 2021

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
Endorse Cory
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"Cory is a personable, an excellent trial lawyer, a strong advocate for his clients, and highly knowledgeable in criminal law. I have seen Cory work in and out of the courtroom, and he is always committed to getting the best possible results for his clients. I highly recommend his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent Attorney. I would highly recommend"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Portland Criminal defense Lawyer Cory R. McKenna
Cory R. McKenna
Criminal defense Attorney
Portland, ME
Licensed for 9 years
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