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Dena Pickering Allen
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Dena Pickering Allen

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Estate Planning, Adoption, Guardianship, Probate, Family

About Me

Dena is known as a tough but fair litigator, who emphasizes in her practice the need for settlement before the trial where this is possible. She has had many years of experience using mediation, both for my client's benefit and as the neutral mediator. Additionally, her experience has shown that Collaborative law can also provide positive results for her clients. Which process is used is dependent upon the circumstances related to the specific case, and the underlying desires and motivations of her clients.
Dena states "I believe that an important contribution I provide to my clients is a supportive atmosphere that emphasizes respect and decency. Whether it is a divorce, or a disputed estate, these are legal matters between family members that are just inherently prone to emotional escalation. It isn’t ‘just business.’ Because of that, it is important to focus on both an equitable end result and a process to get there that strives for respect and common decency. My philosophy: The journey is just as important as the destination. Depending on how it is done, and regardless of the outcome, these most difficult of life events can be something that will be looked back upon with a sense of shame or pride.”
Dena’s practice runs the spectrum of legal issues that divide families: Estate and Trust disputes, Guardianships, Divorce, Custody, Prenuptial Agreements, Modifications of existing Court orders, and Adoptions.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1994

  1. Divorce & Separation: 40%
  2. Estate Planning: 20%
  3. Family: 10%
  4. Probate: 10%
  5. Other: 20%
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Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • Elizabeth Marie Mcbride

    I endorse this lawyer. Dena Allen is respected and appreciated by her clients. Clients that I have talked to speak of her compassion and drive to get the best for them. As a fellow attorney, I know that she puts forth the effort and legal experience in her representation. She is professional and confident but courteous at the same time.

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    Elizabeth Mcbride Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Holland Ilene Mcburns

    I have known Dena for many years and have seen first hand how dedicated she is to her clients. She is extremely competent and trustworthy, I would highly recommend her for any of your legal needs.

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    Holland Mcburns Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Burke Law Group PLLC

221 N Wall St Ste 624
Spokane, WA, 99201-0826

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive199407/05/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Member of the FirmBurke Law Group PLLC2015 - Present
Of CounselBurke Law Group, PLLC2013 - Present
Adjunct Instructor - Paralegal ProgramSpokane County Community College2008 - 2014
AttorneyDena P. Allen, PLLC2000 - Present
Associate AttorneySpeidel Law Firm1995 - 1998

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
SCC Paralegal Advisory CommitteeMember2008 - Present
Spokane County Collaborative ProfessionalsBoard of Directors2007 - Present
Spokane County Bar AssociationN/A2000 - Present

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Washington Women Lawyers NewsletterPracticing Family Law and the Evolving Definition of the ‘Collaborative Lawyer’2014
SCBA Calendar CallCollaborative Law - What it means for the family law practitioner2013
Handbook for Washington Seniors: Legal Rights and Resources (Contributing Author)Family Relationships2012

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawN/AJuris Doctorate1994
UCLAN/ABachelor of Arts1990

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
WWL Spokane Co. Chapter CLEFamily Law2014
Retirement Assets in Estate Planning and Elder LawHow Family Dynamics Impact Estate Planning and Estate Disputes2014
Third Biennial CLE BlitzCollaborative Law2013
Fundamentals of Elder LawPlanning for Incapacity2013
Collaborative Law CLEUniform Collaborative Law Act2013
Advanced Family LawChild Support2013
Continuing Legal EducationEstate Administration Procedures2012
Continuing Legal EducationPreparing your Family Law Case for Mediation of Trial2011
Continuing Legal EducationYour Family Law Practice in 21st Century2010