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Dawn Elizabeth Padanyi

also known as Dawn Lavallee

About me

Dawn Padanyi is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Syracuse University College of Law where she was the Co-Director of the Grant Opportunity Program and a member of the Community Development Law Clinic While at Syracuse, Ms. Padanyi was chosen to receive two grants to perform legal work at the local and state level.

Ms. Padanyi is a Pennsylvania and Massachusetts licensed attorney. She is a member of the Bucks and Montgomery County Bar Associations as well as the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Prior to founding the Law Office of Dawn Padanyi, she practiced law at a couple of large firms in Center City Philadelphia then relocated to practice at a Bucks County law office in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Ms. Padanyi regularly volunteers her legal services to help indigent clients throughout Bucks County.  Ms. Padanyi is a member of Business Networking International.  Ms. Padanyi is also available for speaking engagements to community groups.



Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
    11 years
  2. Wills: 15%
  3. Child Support: 15%
    11 years
  4. Alimony: 10%
    11 years
  5. DUI & DWI: 10%
    11 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

15 total 

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  • Janelle Christine Snyder

    Dawn is an efficient, detailed, and professional lawyer who takes the time to understand her clients' needs. I highly recommend her for divorce, support, custody, and all family law matters.


    Janelle Snyder Business Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jason Bay Zeigler

    I worked with Dawn as a student attorney when we were in law school. She was diligent and someone whose opinion I respected. She was also a genuinely nice person. I have a number of friends in the Philadelphia area from my time in the Army and at the VA. If any of them needed an attorney, I would send them to somebody who would work hard for them and treat them with respect. I would send them to Dawn. I endorse this attorney.


    Jason Zeigler Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Office of Dawn Padanyi, LLC

37 South Clinton Street
Doylestown, PA, 18901


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40American Society of Legal Advocates2015
Nominee: 10 Best Under 40 Attorney for the State of PennsylvaniaAmerican Institute of Family Law Attorneys2015
Top 40 Under 40 Family Lawyers in State of PennsylvaniaThe American Society of Legal Advocates2014
Notable NetworkerBusiness Networking International2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyPhiladelphia Consumer Bankruptcy Project2014 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of Dawn Padanyi, LLC2011 - Present
AttorneyMontgomery Child Advocacy Project2011 - Present
AttorneyLegal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania2007 - 2011
AttorneySchwartz Campbell2006 - 2007
ClerkMassachusetts Department of Developmental Services2005 - 2005
AssociateLyon & Fitzpatrick, LLP2005 - 2006
Office ManagerOffice of Senator John Kerry2002 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bucks County Bar AssociationDirector, Board of Directors2015 - Present
Martindale HubbellAttorney2015 - Present
Friends of the Horsham LibraryBoard Member2014 - Present
Ambler Area Running Clubmember2014 - Present
Business Network InternationalVice President2013 - 2014
Woman's Lawyer's DivisionSecretary2013 - 2014
Women's Lawyers DivisionVice Chair2012 - 2013
Business Networking InternationalMentor2011 - Present
Bucks County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Woman's Lawyer's DivisionMember2004 - Present
Montgomery County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Romany v. DanielsSuccess ejectment
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Publication nameTitleDate
Padanyilaw.comAllocation of Expenses in Support Proceedings2015
Padanyilaw.comCommon Law Marriage in Pennsylvania2015
AVVO Legal GuidesCalculating Basic Child Support in Pennsylvania2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Syracuse University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Mount Holyoke CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Business Networking International, Bucks countyWhy Intestacy is Not Preferred2015
Sister U Monthly MeetingImportance of Having a Will2013
FACE Monthly meetingParental Rights2012