Leah Somoano was born in West Covina, CA and resides in Orange County with her two children. Having been raised by a single mother, Leah understands the life challenges a child of divorced parents endures. Years later, after going through her own divorce with young children and experiencing firsthand the emotional and financial impact a divorce has on a family, Leah decided to open her own family law practice.
Leah earned her Bachelors Degree in Political Science with a minor in Public Policy from the University of California—Los Angeles in 2003. Her love of the law sparked after interning for Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren in Washington, D.C. Upon graduating from UCLA, Leah moved to Boston, MA to take a position as a legal advocate for a rape crisis center. At the center, Leah worked closely with victims and law enforcement agencies in an emotionally charged environment to protect victims’ rights.
Ultimately, Leah’s desire to make a meaningful impact on people’s lives led her to attend law school at the University of California—Berkeley (Boalt Hall). While in school, Leah externed for Judge Stern in LA County Superior Court gaining invaluable insight into judges’ analytical preferences, the fundamentals of maneuvering our legal system, and the inner workings of a courtroom. After graduating from law school in 2007, Leah started her legal career at a top global law firm, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, practicing intellectual property litigation and prosecution as well as general commercial litigation. She was also very active in the firm’s pro bono program, contributing countless hours assisting non-profits with achieving their goals to help those in need.
The skills, knowledge and experience Leah has acquired throughout her life has placed her in a unique position to understand exactly what you and your children are going through during this difficult time. She understands the emotional rollercoaster you are on. She understands the worries floating through your head about how your children are going to adjust. She understands the stress created by the financial implications of a separation. She understands your children’s concerns that they won’t be able to see mommy or daddy whenever they want. She understands your struggle to put on a brave face and find happiness when everything seems to be falling apart. She understands your fear of our legal system and not knowing what to expect. She understands YOU because she has lived it herself. With Leah’s assistance, you will get through this.
"Hope is the only thing stronger than fear."
- Robert Ludlum