Monica J. Lehre


Monica J. Lehre attorneyMonica has a legal background going back 20 years — first as an advanced certified paralegal working for trial attorneys in the area of real property law, then heading the legal department at Empire Business College and teaching legal classes to paralegal students, and eventually becoming a lawyer, as well as an adjunct law professor at Empire College School of Law, teaching courses in Legal Research and Real Property Law.

The law can be complex and daunting. This is why Monica’s teaching background is so valuable to her practice at BF Law. It enables her to succinctly and accurately parse complicated legal matters into clear explanations both when talking to her clients and when advocating for her clients in court. Monica uses her extensive knowledge of the law and legal procedures to ensure every case is properly structured for clarity and precision when creating workable legal solutions with positive outcomes for her clients. A skilled writer and researcher, Monica is a passionate advocate on her clients’ behalf.




Empire Law School, JD, Cum Laude.

Empire Law School, Master’s in Legal Studies.

Sonoma State University, B.A., graduated with honors.

Santa Rosa Junior College, A.A.

Professional Highlights


Awarded “Lawyer of Distinction” 2021 and 2022 Sonoma Magazine (peer-rated: based on recommendations from local attorneys)


100 Days Before Trial, Seminar
(2019) Presented at the Sonoma County Bar Association

Legal Writing, Workshop
(2015) Presented at the Sonoma County Bar Association

Certified Paralegal Exam (Contract Law), Workshop
(2015, 2014) Presented at the Sonoma County Bar Association

E-Discovery, Workshop
(2013) Presented at the Empire College

Lexis/Westlaw, Workshop
(2012) Presented at the Empire College

Ethics, Seminar
(2012, 2010) Presented at the Sonoma County Bar Association

Monica was born in Washington but spent the first few years of her life overseas living in Singapore with her family while her father taught physics at the Singapore American School. Her family eventually settled down in Forestville, along the Russian River in west Sonoma County. She spent her summers exploring the river, the redwoods, and tide pools along the Sonoma County coast from Jenner to Fort Ross. This curiosity and love of nature led to her interest in how land is held and understood legally.

Monica’s passionate interest in the law drove her ambition to earn a Master’s in Legal Studies and then her Doctorate in Jurisprudence, cum laude, from Empire College School of Law, taking classes at night while teaching legal classes to paralegal students during the day at Empire Business College. As an attorney, she is able to use the skills she has honed as a teacher to ably represent her clients in court and in alternative dispute resolution settings. Her defining characteristic is the calming effect she has in tense situations and her ability to hear the concerns of each client, to explain the law given the unique facts of her client’s case, and to help reach a resolution through skilled negotiation, in and out of a courtroom setting.

Monica continues to enjoy the abundant and beautiful natural settings of northern California, now with her husband, Jon, and their children, Theodore and Andromeda, as well as their standard poodle, Gabby.