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Attorney Christina A. McKinnon founded her South Florida firm in 2004. In the 13 years since her firm's doors opened, she has earned a reputation for being a dedicated client advocate. Residents from all across South Florida, including those living in Miami, Pembroke Pines, North Miami, Hollywood, Weston, Davie, Fort Lauderdale and surrounding Miami-Dade and Broward counties, regularly turn to her for legal guidance.
Her legal career began in labor and employee relations in the health care 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, attorney McKinnon has focused her career entirely on personal injury and family law. Her abilities have earned her recognition from both the legal and business communities. She holds an AV Preeminent Rating on Martindale-Hubbell, a "Superb" Avvo rating, Success South Florida magazine honored her multiple times and The National Black Lawyers listed her among its Top 100 in 2015. She was Chair of the Family Court Committee for The Dade County Bar Association from 2009-2013 and was president of The Wilkie Ferguson Bar Association from 2007-2008. Ms. McKinnon also served on the Florida Bar YLD Board of Governors from 2006-2010. She was recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine and the South Florida Legal Guide.
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, inclusion among the Junior League of Miami's Women Who Make a Difference and a Pro Bono award from Dade Legal Aid for her work with the Put Something Back program. Ms. McKinnon is the 2017 Director of the West Broward Chapter of The National Association of Divorce Professionals and was appointed to the 17th Judicial Circuit's Judicial Nominating Commission for a term ending July 2020. In October 2017, she was listed among the South Florida Superstars in Attorney at Law Magazine. Ms. McKinnon was recently selected to the Nova Southeastern University Ambassador's Board, which is comprised of leaders who are passionate about strengthening South Florida through education, economic development, health care, and civic service.
A Miami native, Annette Sanchez serves as Of Counsel to McKINNON LEGAL. She received her Bachelors of Science in Business Management and Organization from the University of Miami in December 2007 earning various accolades, including President’s Honor Roll, Provost’s Honor Roll, and Dean’s List.
Annette subsequently attended Florida State University College of Law where she was a member of the Student Bar Association, Women’s Law Symposium, and LAWtinos. During her internship with the Department of Children and Families Children’s Legal Services, she drafted the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children in Spanish for Puerto Rico to adopt into law. She also participated in drafting the Spanish translation of the Florida Constitution, which was presented to Attorney General Pam Bondi. Upon graduating with a Juris Doctor degree in 2011, Annette was awarded the Evidence in Criminal Litigation Book Award and Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award.
Annette began her career as an attorney at Children’s Legal Services, where she prosecuted cases of abuse, abandonment, and neglect against the children of Miami-Dade County. She subsequently entered private practice, primarily representing banks and businesses in commercial litigation matters in both state and federal court. In 2013, desirous of serving the public again, she returned to Children’s Legal Services as a Senior prosecutor. Annette won several Termination of Parental Rights trials and many Dependency trials, receiving only one unfavorable verdict in her entire career as a prosecutor. She facilitated the reunification of parents with their children when appropriate, providing families with the necessary tools and services needed to achieve a safe home environment. When reunification was not viable, Annette took part in ensuring that the children of Miami-Dade County found a forever home either through adoption or guardianship. In 2016, Annette re-entered private practice focusing primarily on family law.
At age 15, having been a classically trained pianist for 9 years, Annette began her own small business as a piano instructor and continued teaching until she went to law school. She was also a cheerleading coach and mentor for girls ages 3 to 5 years old and 12 to 14 years old.