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Lea Sullivan McDermid

Estate planning Attorney at Anchorage, AK

5.0   18 reviews

also known as Lea McDermid McKenna

  • State Years
    Alaska - AK 18 years
    California - CA 21 years
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State AK
    Acquired 2006
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2002
    Inactive No misconduct found

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About Lea

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I graduated from Berkeley Law in 2001 and then moved to Alaska to clerk for the Alaska Supreme Court. I owned a law firm for 13 years, where I practiced primarily immigration law. In 2018, I began working at Shaftel Delman, LLC, where I continued my immigration practice and also practiced estate planning, business law, and probate/trust administration. I joined Durrell Law Group in April 2020, where I continue to practice in these areas of law.

On a personal note, I am married and have two school-aged children. As a family we enjoy getting into the outdoors skiing, camping, hiking, and mountain biking. I had never been to Alaska before 2001 and had not planned on staying beyond my one year clerkship. But I fell in love with Alaska and now consider it home.

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Durrell Law Group
1400 W. Benson Blvd., Suite 370
Anchorage, AK, 99503

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Posted by Caroline | May 27, 2020
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Highly recommended
Am so grateful for everything Lea did to facilitate the entire process of my naturalization. I had given up because the entire process was tedious and every time there was one thing or the other that made the process almost impossible. She professionally handled it, and the process that had taken me over a year was over within months. Am so thankful for that. Believe me, you can trust her with your concerns.
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Posted by Aaron | July 21, 2019
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Great Experience
Great experience, Lea made the painful immigration experience easy for my wife and I. She was always responsive, clearly explained the process, and ensured the paperwork was correct. I recommend her to everyone.
Response from Lea McDermid September 24, 2019
Thanks so much Aaron!
Posted by Mary Ann Yosuico | January 18, 2018
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I had a very smooth immigration experience :)
Thank you very much for the unparalleled service that Atty. Lea have given to me and my husband. She was so sincere and keen on whatever documents we need when we're on our journey through my visa until I had my greencard! :) I was so awed on her dedication and commitment to our case. I will definitely recommend her to all my Filipinos and international friends who are struggling on their US Immigration Visa. :)
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Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2018
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Very Professional and great attention to detail
Lea McDermid was professional from the beginning of our Green Card Process. My wife and I sat down and went though this laborious process of gathering data. She reviewed every single document with great attention to detail, corrected our mistakes and explained the whole process. Our review sessions helped us a lot to prepare for the final interview and gave us great confidence. Her team is also very responsive to any questions we had via emails/phone calls and answered them without any delay. I'd hire her again if we need her for anything and I'd highly recommend her any of your immigration needs.
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Posted by Andrea | March 28, 2017
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Wonderful Work on H1B Visa
One of our employees was being extorted by a former U.S. employer who had previously held an H1B visa for him. Lea dealt with the threats promptly and put our employee's mind at ease. We've worked with three immigration attorneys over the years, and Lea was, by far, the best to work with and - being Anchorage-based - all the back and forth with documentation went very efficiently.
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Posted by Ali | March 25, 2017
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Thank You
When my Dad passed away in the middle of my naturalization process Ms McDermid went the extra mile to ensure I could go to the funeral in the UK. I would highly recommend.
Posted by Mary | March 21, 2017
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Complete confidence
My husband and I started working with Lea in 2012. She took on our case after our previous lawyer in Illinois got us a letter of intent to deny due to mis understanding of information. She carefully reviewed everything she did with us, and made sure all of the information was correct. By August of 2013 she got my husband parole in place, and permenant residency. I have complete confidence in her to get the job done right, and to seek out what she may not know. She did a wonderful job for us and we are completley satisifed! Thank you Lea McDermid.
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Posted by Alphonso | March 20, 2017
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Lea Mcdermid is a brilliant lawyer
Lea took my daughter case after she had been denied by immigration. She worked overtime with me gathering evidence and built a good case for the appeal. She followed up with me and immigration while the case was going on. She filed all documents requested on time and sent me coppies of all correspondents. She won the case against immigration and a new decision was taken in favor of my daughter. Lea made me to be reunited with my daughter after so many years. I am so grateful to her....
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Posted by Angelica | March 20, 2017
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We felt like her only clients
She handled our case with the outmost professionalism and kindness. Lea was a pleasure to work with. She answered all calls or emails in a very timely fashion. And what is always a stressful situation, we felt very at ease in Lea's hands. I highly recommend Lea McDermid.
Posted by Marjorie | January 11, 2017
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Excellent Immigration Attorney
Lea Sullivan McDermid is an exceptional attorney. She has good work ethics and is very professional in her field of work. I want to personally say that I really appreciate what you did pertaining to my case.You are a very knowledgeable individual, who is always readily available and if not,would returned messages and calls promptly.You are attentive, reassuring and eminent.You provide a serene atmosphere, where good results are inevitable It was a honor to have someone of your competence and I would without doubt recommend you to any other in need of your services. Once again I'm grateful and thank you for your services. It was a difficult and longingly journey and we overcome in the end being guided by your knowledge and expertise in the immigration process.
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Posted by Lindsay | January 27, 2016
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Very pleased
At our consultation, she laid out our options and gave detail of what we would need to do for our case. She was not pushy at all for us to hire her but gave us all the details of what she would need to do and costs associated with each step. Upon hiring her, she got right to work on our case and was always available and willing to answer regular questions that came up throughout the process. The steps in our situation followed pretty much exactly the timeframe that she had indicated we could expect. We are very pleased :)
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Posted by Bill | January 20, 2016
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Outstanding Immigration Attorney
I felt confident working with Lea from the start. We had looked at an online do it yourself immigration service and we had also sought advice with another attorney. Neither one seemed right for us. But when we met Lea she impressed me and my wife from the very start. Her communication skills are excellent. She kept us organized and marched us through the immigration process. It was smooth sailing for us. I cannot praise Lea enough. And I thought her price was fair. So for immigration issues call Lea McDermid.
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Response from Lea McDermid January 21, 2016
Thanks, Bill. I appreciate your feedback and was pleased that we were able to get a favorable outcome!
Posted by Crosby | January 29, 2015
Professionalism & Efficient Service
I found Mrs. McDermid on a list of local attorney's on the internet. She was one of the top rated. I've actually seen 2 attorneys before her but their professionalism was very poor. Which made on the search of another attorney. Mrs. Lea greet me with professionalism and friendly attitude. Her questions regarding my case were on point. My emails and phone calls were always returned on time. I needed a work authorization stamp and she quickly responded to my request and solved the issue. My case was somewhat unique. We filed in a timely manner and no later than a year a half my case was resolved and approved. I highly recommend her services and professionalism.
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Posted by Jacqui | June 25, 2014
Professional & Experienced Immigration Attorney
My husband and I hired Lea Sullivan McDermid to help guide us with the Immigration & Naturalization process. Lea McDermid was thorough and detailed in collecting the data and information required for our case and gave excellent guidance through the interview process. Lea McDermid is professional at all times, has a sound methodical approach and helped support us throughout all stages of the procedure. We give much praise to Lea, who went out of her way to assist us, and would not hesitate to recommend her to others.
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Posted by Lawrence | June 22, 2014
Against all odds
My marriage to my US wife had deteriorated and I couldn't remain in the marriage any longer. My US wife was willing to stay with me until I got my greencard but I felt if there was another interview, we'd have to lie about our feelings and that would go against our conscience. Plus it would've been obvious to any reviewer that we didn't love each other as husband and wife anymore. So I divorced my wife and tried to get the greencard on my own knowing full well it was a slim chance at best. I decided to get a lawyer to better my chances and picked Lea pretty much at random (I wasn't too hopeful a lawyer would make a difference). She was very honest about my chances but she was determined to do everything possible. Given my slim chance, I didn't expect the level of commitment Lea made. She was thorough with everything, meticulous with the preparation work, her coaching was amazing (sensitive but without holding anything back), her knowledge on the subject matter was superior and she always had a backup plan. As a result, I got inspired myself to make sure I left no stone unturned. Against all odds, I obtained my permanent greencard. As much as I thank my God for the greencard, I know without the strong case Lea made for me and her scrupulous nature, I wouldn't be living and working in the US right now.
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Posted by PangoMedia | May 29, 2014
Professional, Personable & Responsive
We were brand new to H1-B visas when we met Lea. She was very patient and guided us step-by-step through the confusing and intimidating process. Lea was prompt to reply to phone calls and e-mails. Would absolutely recommend her as an immigration attorney.
Posted by Lisbeth | May 23, 2014
Excellent services
In my opinion; she had excellent services, very professional and up to date on all the laws and regulations. My case cost me a lot of money with Lea but it was worth it because my situation, thanks to her, is much better.... Also it is Awesome that she is fluent in spanish, I have no complaints.
Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2014
Immigration interview and paperwork
Lea McDermid was great to work with! My friends told me horror stories about dealing with immigration so I was very nervous. Lea made it so stress free and easy. I have already referred several friends to her. We will definitely use her again in the future.
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Work Experience

  • Owner/Immigration Attorney
  • Law Offices of Lea McDermid, LLC
  • 2005 - Present
  • Immigration Section Chair
  • Alaska Bar Association
  • 2013 - 2017
  • 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
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  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • University of California - Santa Cruz
  • Undergraduate
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Asilo para los Triquis
  • Asilo aprobado


  • Anchorage Equal Rights Commission
  • Commissioner
  • 2017 - Present
  • Alaska Bar Association - Immigration Section
  • Chair/Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Alaska Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Coalition of Alaskans for Immigrants Rights
  • Member
  • 2017 - 2018
  • ACLU of Alaska
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2017 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish


  • California Law Review
  • Deportation is Different: Noncitizens and Ineffective Assistance of Counsel
  • 2001

Speaking Engagements

  • Anchorage Equal Rights Commission: Its People, Purpose, and Projects
  • Anchorage Equal Rights Commission: Its People, Purpose, and Projects
  • 2017
  • 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

Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
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Immigration Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Have seen her work first hand and is thorough and effective."
Immigration Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"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."