Marcella Gladney Lee, Esq.
Senior Probate Attorney
Marcella Gladney Lee has a “client first” approach and concentrates her practice in the areas of probate & trust administration and litigation. Marcella is down to earth with strong Midwest values and character, which guides her approach to the practice of law. Her mission is to ensure that families and loved ones receive the information and assets that they are entitled in the often-confusing process of probate and trust administration. She is careful to explain and ensure that her clients understand what is happening at each stage of the process in simple and understandable terms. In addition to probate and trust administration, Marcella has extensive estate planning, and elder law experience, which helps her to better explain the entire estate administration process from beginning to end.
She grew up with deep roots in both the Kansas City, Kansas, and Missouri communities. She received her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) and her LLM-Elder Law from the University of Kansas School of Law. She has been licensed to practice law since 1994. Marcella began her legal career as a Staff Attorney for Legal Aid of Western Missouri. Her legal career also includes positions as a Hearing Officer for the State of Missouri, Grievance Hearing Officer for the Kansas City, Missouri School District, as well as several other positions with community social services agencies. After serving several years as Vice President/General Counsel for the college preparatory program, Kauffman Scholars, Inc., at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, she founded her own law firm, with an expert focus in estate planning, elder law, and probate and trust administration. In 2016, Marcella relocated to Arizona where she continued her law practice before taking her current position as Pennington Law’s Senior Probate Attorney.
Marcella is dedicated to helping individuals and families with their legal needs by providing quality legal services. She enjoys conducting seminars to educate the community on the importance of estate planning, probate, and elder law matters.
In addition to her legal work, Marcella’s work in the nonprofit sector spans over twenty years in various executive and direct service capacities. She co-founded a transitional living program for homeless young people, ages 16-21, including pregnant and parenting teens.