Lael Harrison was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska. She received her B.A. from Yale University in 2003 and her JD from the University of Washington School of Law in 2008. After graduation, she returned to Juneau to clerk for Alaska Supreme Court Justice Walter Carpeneti. In 2009 she joined the law firm of Faulkner Banfield, and became a shareholder in 2015. She has a general civil practice. She was appointed to the Commission in 2018.