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.
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|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|
|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|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||Member||2019 - Present|
|Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2014 - Present|
|Maine State Bar Association||2013 - Present|
|Portland Press Herald||Lawyer: Help for accused isn't only about court||2015|
|WMTW - ABC Channel 8||Lawyer concerned about treatment of mentally ill clients in jail||2014|
|University of Maine School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2013|
|University of Vermont||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2009|
|Is There a Role for a Public Defender System in Maine?||Public Defender System in Maine||2021|
|State of Maine v. C. E.||Case Dismissed.|
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