Alicia McElwaine-Leto has a history of working with well-known lawyers and is continuing that tradition by joining Carpenter, Zuckerman and Rowley as an associate in October 2018.
Ms. McElwaine-Leto is a member of the American Bar Association and Los Angeles County Bar Association and is licensed to practice before all Courts in the State of California as well as the United States District Court, Central, Southern and Eastern Districts. In 2017 Ms. McElwaine-Leto was a recipient of Avvo’s Client’s Choice Award and earned Lawyers of Distinction recognition.
Ms. McElwaine-Leto attended Concordia University Irvine on an athletic scholarship for Softball and Deans Academic scholarship. In 2010 Alicia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree after double majoring in Political Science and History.
Upon receiving her Juris Doctorate degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2014 Alicia worked for a consumer protection firm with an emphasis in Federal consumer litigation where she gained a solid and articulated understanding of the law representing clients against Fortune 500 opponents.
Ms. McElwaine-Leto has been named counsel of record in over fifty cases overseeing all aspects of litigation from client affairs to second chairing a murder trial. Alicia has dedicated her practice to being an advocate for those who do not have the ability to represent themselves. Prior to working as a civil litigator, Alicia appeared in over 100 felony and misdemeanor cases representing clients who were wrongfully accused often facing life sentences behind bars.
Ms. McElwaine-Leto has deep roots in Southern California where her family made a name for themselves as top executives in Hollywood with an impressive client list that included Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Judy Garland and Steven Spielberg. Alicia has based her legal career on the objectives her family was known for, being “scrupulously loyal to clients as well as a tough, shrewd negotiator”.