Skip to main content

About me

I will be honest with you about your legal options and whether I feel you truly need an attorney. Some people have simple immigration issues that do not require an attorney. Nevertheless, those folks may want to hire someone to avoid the stress of having to research the correct forms to file, the supporting documents needed, and how to answer certain questions. Other people have more complicated immigration issues, and may not even realize this until they meet with an immigration attorney. I will need to ask you (and if applicable your spouse or fiance(e) ) detailed questions about your immigration history, marital history, and criminal history before I can give you legal advice about your options. 


As a general rule, I will not accept a case for representation if I do not feel I have a good chance of success. I simply do not feel good about accepting payment if I do not feel I can help someone, and I will tell you that if I feel that way about your case. There are certainly other attorneys out there who will take your money knowing that you have an impossible case. Please consider this when choosing an immigration attorney!


On a personal note, I am married and have two children and a cat. As a family we enjoy getting into the outdoors skiing, camping, hiking, and cycling. I moved to Alaska in 2001 to clerk for the Alaska Supreme Court. I had never been to Alaska and had not planned on staying beyond my one year clerkship. But I fell in love with Alaska and now consider it home.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Photos and videos

263734 1399942322

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%

Attorney endorsements

2 total 

Are you an attorney? Endorse this lawyer

  • Nicolas Andres Olano

    I endorse this lawyer. Have seen her work first hand and is thorough and effective.


    Nicolas Olano Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jesse Adam Lloyd

    I have had the pleasure of knowing Lea for well over a decade. We were at the same firm for a few years in the early 2000's and have continued to discuss immigration issues after we both relocated. Lea is an excellent attorney. She has a great combination of both legal skill and ability to relate well with clients. She is also extremely dedicated. I would not hesitate to refer anyone with immigration issues in Alaska to her.


    Jesse Lloyd Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Law Offices of Lea McDermid, LLC

711 H Street
Suite 310A
Anchorage, AK, 99501


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Immigration Section ChairAlaska Bar Association2013 - Present
Owner/Immigration AttorneyLaw Offices of Lea McDermid, LLC2005 - Present
Immigration Attorney for Survivors of Domestic ViolenceCatholic Social Services2004 - 2005
Immigration AttorneyBean & Lloyd2002 - 2004
Law Clerk to Chief Justice Dana FabeAlaska Supreme Court2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Alaska Bar Association - Immigration SectionChair2013 - Present
Alaska Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2003 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2002 - Present
National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration ProjectMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Asilo para los TriquisAsilo aprobado
See all legal cases 
Publication nameTitleDate
California Law ReviewDeportation is Different: Noncitizens and Ineffective Assistance of Counsel2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California - Santa CruzPsychologyUndergraduateN/A
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual ConferenceImmigration Law and Its Effect on Your Family Law Practice2014
Out of the Closet CLEImmigration Options for LGBT Immigrants Post-Windsor2013