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
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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
|Immigration Section Chair||Alaska Bar Association||2013 - Present|
|Owner/Immigration Attorney||Law Offices of Lea McDermid, LLC||2005 - Present|
|Immigration Attorney for Survivors of Domestic Violence||Catholic Social Services||2004 - 2005|
|Immigration Attorney||Bean & Lloyd||2002 - 2004|
|Law Clerk to Chief Justice Dana Fabe||Alaska Supreme Court||2001 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Alaska Bar Association - Immigration Section||Chair||2013 - Present|
|Alaska Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||2002 - Present|
|National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration Project||Member||N/A|
|California Law Review||Deportation is Different: Noncitizens and Ineffective Assistance of Counsel||2001|
|University of California - Santa Cruz||Psychology||Undergraduate||N/A|
|University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|Annual Conference||Immigration Law and Its Effect on Your Family Law Practice||2014|
|Out of the Closet CLE||Immigration Options for LGBT Immigrants Post-Windsor||2013|