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Attorney Christina A. McKinnon founded McKINNON LEGAL in 2004. Over the years, we have become one of the most sought-after firms in South Florida for family law and personal injury cases. Our strength lies in our creative problem-solving skills, honed by over a decade of focus on family law. Our understanding of the complicated issues we face together with our clients, along with the reputation that precedes us, frequently leads to efficiently negotiated resolutions to legal issues such as divorce, equitable distribution, child support, parenting plans, and alimony.

There is nothing more important than your family, which is why we put such a large focus on marital and family law here at McKINNON LEGAL. Obtaining a favorable result while avoiding the costs of litigation is our initial approach and ultimate goal. In the event litigation becomes necessary, our clients benefit from our vast experience and ability. We have faced and prevailed in courtrooms countless times. We are proud that the clients who we have represented are our greatest source of referrals. No matter what legal issue you or your family are facing, we will be there for you.

Christina A. McKinnon

Christina McKinnon is the founding attorney of McKINNON LEGAL and is the firm’s primary attorney. Her legal career began in labor and employee relations in the healthcare industry, but Ms. McKinnon soon realized that her true calling lay in assisting individuals as they face some of life’s greatest challenges.

Since entering private practice, Ms. McKinnon has focused her career entirely on Florida personal injury and family law. Her experience, tenacity, and incredible work ethic have earned her the respect and recognition from both the legal and business communities. Some of the many accolades she has received include:

Some of the many accolades she has received include:
  • AV-Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top Attorney, South Florida Legal Guide, 2019 & 2020
  • Top Rated Lawyer, Daily Business Review, American Lawyer Media, 2018 & 2019
  • 2018-2019 Chair, Judicial Nominating Commission, 17th Judicial Circuit
  • 2017-2020, Commissioner, Judicial Nominating Commission, 17th Judicial Circuit
  • NSU Ambassadors Board, 2017-Present
  • South Florida Superstars, Attorney at Law Magazine, 2017
  • Broward Black Republican Club, General Counsel, 2016-2020
  • National Association of Divorce Professionals, Director (West Broward), 2016-2018
  • ABA, Litigation Section, Solo/Small Firms Ctme, Diversity Subcommittee Chair, 2012-2014
  • Dade County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2010-2013
  • Dade County Bar Association, Family Court Committee Chair, 2009-2013
  • Dade Legal Aid Put Something Back Program, Pro Bono Award in Family Law, 2013
  • 25 Most Influential & Prominent Women in Business & Leadership, Legacy Magazine, 2013
  • Outstanding Career Mentor, Urgent, Inc., 2009
  • Most Accomplished in Law, ICABA, 2007 & 2009
  • Wilkie Ferguson Bar Association, President, 2007-2008
  • FL Bar YLD Board of Governors, 11th Circuit Representative, 2006-2010
  • FL Bar YLD Board of Governors, Diversity Committee Chair, 2008-2010
  • Top Leader Under 40, Success South Florida Magazine, 2008
  • Wilkie Ferguson Bar Association, President-Elect, 2006-2007
  • Dade County Bar Association, YLS Board of Directors, 2005-2010
  • Dade County Bar Association, YLS Horizons Committee Chair, 2006-2010
  • Wilkie Ferguson Bar Association, Vice President, 2005-2006
  • Dade County Bar Association, YLS Membership Committee Chair, 2005-2006
  • Top 100 Attorney, National Black Lawyers
  • Wilkie Ferguson Bar Association, Treasurer, 2004-2005
  • Gwen Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association, Executive Board, 2004-2005
  • Woman Who Makes a Difference, Junior League of Miami, 2006
  • Business Advocate of the Year, In Focus Magazine, 2006
  • Volunteer of the Year, Children’s Psychiatric Center, 2005
  • Volunteer of the Year, Chapman Partnership f/k/a Community Partnership for Homeless, 2005

In addition to her work in the courtroom, Ms. McKinnon regularly volunteers with a number of organizations in South Florida. Her Pro Bono work has resulted in a number of honors and awards, including a volunteer award from the Community Partnership for the Homeless (now known as Chapman Partnership) and a Pro Bono award from Dade Legal Aid for her work with the “Put Something Back” program for indigent litigants. Ms. McKinnon was appointed to the 17th Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission for a term ending July 2020, where she presently serves as Chair.

Ms. McKinnon was selected to the Nova Southeastern University Ambassadors Board, which is comprised of leaders who are passionate about strengthening South Florida through education, economic development, healthcare, and civic service.

Meet With Our Team

Sarah Marks
- Associate Attorney

Sarah J. Marks is an associate attorney at McKINNON LEGAL.  Originally from New York, she graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Albany with a Bachelor of Science, concentrating in Management Information Systems.  Ms. Marks began her career as a software consultant, implementing enterprise-wide transactional databases.

Ms. Marks discovered that she was most passionate about helping people, personally and professionally, so she pursued a law degree.  In 2012, Ms. Marks graduated cum laude from Florida International University College of Law. An adjunct professor at FIU Law recognized her talent and tenacity. He recruited her to practice personal injury, product liability, maritime, and construction law.

Ms. Marks was ultimately drawn to the practice of family law because of her genuine desire to promote the best interests of her clients during, what is often, the most difficult time of their lives. She has a range of experience vigorously representing people with various backgrounds including professional athletes, business owners, attorneys, and high net worth individuals. Ms. Marks believes in the amicable resolution of cases and is truly a kind, yet assertive, advocate for her clients.

Mitchka Bavandi
- Associate Attorney

Mitchka Bavandi attended UM for both undergrad and law school. She spent the majority of her career at the Broward public defender’s office before joining McKINNON LEGAL. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading and swimming.

La'Kaya McMullen
- Senior Paralegal / Case Manager

La’Kaya McMullen is a certified Paralegal having completed the accelerated University of Miami Paralegal “Boot Camp” program in 2006.

La’Kaya has worked exclusively in Family Law for over 10 years. Understanding the challenges of Family Law, La’Kaya is dedicated to and enjoys assisting her clients in their time of need. She uses her considerable multitasking skills and customer service experience to help families in transition. La’Kaya is committed to providing attorneys and clients with solid and reliable assistance. She presents a calm, helpful and supportive demeanor, ready to serve as a listening ear to our clients. In addition to Family Law, La’Kaya has also had experience with Estate Planning, Probate, Real Estate and Immigration.

Chanele Williams
- Executive Assistant/Billing Specialist
Diana Zelaya
- Legal Assistant 

This Legal Assistant has years of experience in law firms and in customer service.  She’s a team player who enjoys implementing systems for the good of the whole.  Personable, witty and detailed, Diana brings a wealth of law firm knowledge to her role.  She enjoys cooking, quizzing her son and telling a good joke.

Jeremy Hernandez
- Lum Tong–law Clerk

Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Jeremy is a law student pursuing his dual US-Canada Juris Doctor at the University of Ottawa, and done in partnership with American University Washington College of Law. He also did his undergraduate studies in a variety of social sciences and humanities at the University of Toronto. He has a passion for research and writing. In his spare time, Mr. Hernandez-Lum Tong enjoys the theater, the arts, volunteering, and learning new languages.

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    3600 Red Road,
    Suite 307
    Miramar, FL 33025
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