Ms. McElwaine-Leto is a member of the California Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, Pasadena 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 earned Lawyers of Distinction recognition and was a recipient of Avvo's Client Choice Award in 2017 and 2018. In 2019 and 2020 she earned Super Lawyer status being named to the prestigious "Rising Stars" category.
Ms. McElwaine-Leto attended Concoridia 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 represenrting clients against Fortune 500 opponents.
Ms. McElwaine-Leto has been named counsel of record in 100s of cases overseeing all aspects of litigation from client affairs to second chairing a murder trial. Ms. McElwaine-Leto's most recent trial win occurred in March 2019 when she convinced a 12 person jury that her client was innocent of all five counts by unanimous decision.
Alicia has dedicated her practice to being an advocate for those who do not have the ability to represent themselves.
Ms. McElwaine-Leto has appeared in 100s of felony and misdemeanor cases representing clients who were wrongfully accused often facing life sentences behind bars.
Ms. McElwaine-Leto has deep rootrs 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, Elivs 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".