Issues of divorce, custody and child support are complex and often tumultuous for the parties involved. For Leah, this is the challenge and the reward of Family Law. Leah creates multiple strategies to help clients negotiate favorable outcomes and minimize their stress as much as possible. She is a trustworthy, sensitive and effective advocate for clients who are often facing the most difficult times in their lives.
As an undergraduate at the State University of New York at Geneseo, Leah interned at the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office. There, she discovered that her gifts for public speaking, problem-solving and thinking on her feet were a natural fit for becoming a prosecuting attorney. She has been a strong legal advocate for victims of crime, child sexual abuse and domestic violence, and has logged in hundreds of hours of trial work as a criminal prosecutor. She studied international family law in Kenya and volunteered with Kenyan children. Her insightful people skills and ability to negotiate have made a positive impact on the lives of the families she serves.
Before joining Underberg & Kessler, she worked in Virginia as an assistant commonwealth's attorney, where she was a criminal prosecutor. While in that position, she became certified as a child forensic interviewer. She has clerked at the Schenectady Public Defender’s Office, where she primarily focused on child custody litigation, and was a legal aide at the New York State Attorney General's Office. While in law school, she was a law intern at the Albany Law School Family Violence Litigation Clinic and Health Law Clinic.
Professional and Community Involvement
Leah is a member of the Monroe, Ontario and Wayne County Bar Associations, and is certified as an Attorney for the Child in the Fourth Department. Leah volunteers at Rochester City Teen Court through the Center for Youth.