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Dana L. Reynolds

Divorce and separation Attorney at Wilmington, DE

4.2   18 reviews

also known as Dana Leigh Reynolds, Dana Reynolds

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  • Licensed for 17 years
    State DE
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Dana

Learn Dana’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    35%
    Child custody, visitation, guardianship, termination of parental rights, adoption and child support

  2. Divorce and separation
    35%
    Separation Agreements, Prenuptial Agreements, Uncontested and Contested Divorces, Property Division & Alimony,

  3. Family
    30%
    Child custody, visitation, guardianship, termination of parental rights, adoption and child support, Separation Agreements, Prenuptial Agreements, Uncontested and Contested Divorces, Property Division, and Alimony

EFFECTIVE AND COMPASSIONATE REPRESENTATION.

Ms. Reynolds, a native Wilmingtonian, is the founding Member of the Law Offices of Dana L. Reynolds, LLC.  She focuses her practice in the areas of Family/Divorce Law and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Law.  

In June of 2010, Ms. Reynolds founded the Law Offices of Dana L. Reynolds, LLC.  Prior to this, Ms. Reynolds worked as an associate attorney at the nationally renowned Delaware law firm of Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., in the firm's Restructuring and Bankruptcy Group.  There she represented a variety of national and regional clients, including Fortune 500 corporate debtors, liquidating trusts and trustees, receivers and monitors in foreign proceedings, financial institutions as senior secured lenders and ad hoc committees of creditors, in multi-million dollar bankruptcy liquidation and reorganization proceedings under chapters 7, 11 and 15 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.  Ms. Reynolds’ reviewed, objected to and/or settled thousands of claims made by creditors, former employees, landlords and federal and state agencies against bankruptcy estates, resolved contract disputes and prosecuted preference actions on behalf of plaintiff-debtors in the context of chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Before working at Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., Ms. Reynolds served as law clerk to the Hon. Jane R. Roth, Senior Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third District.  While clerking at the federal appellate court, Ms. Reynolds reviewed and analyzed trial and administrative law judge decisions and drafted bench memoranda and proposed precedential and non-precedential opinions resolving, among other things, contract disputes, business torts, and employment, environmental, criminal judgment and sentencing, immigration, social security disability and federal and state constitutional matters.

Prior to her federal appellate clerkship, Ms. Reynolds was the law clerk to the Hon. Chandlee Johnson Kuhn, Chief Judge of the Family Court of the State of Delaware.  There, she gained valuable experience in domestic relations and criminal and sentencing matters including adoption, termination of parental rights, divorce, complex marital property distribution, separation, premarital agreements, paternity, custody, spousal support, child protection, guardianship, domestic violence/PFAs, and juvenile adjudications of delinquency and expungement of records thereof.  During her clerkship at the Family Court, Ms. Reynolds also acted as a designee of the Chief Judge and the Family Court to the Bar-Bench-Media Conference, Wilmington HOPE Commission, Child Protection Accountability Commission, Fatal Incident Review Team, Delaware Girls Initiative and Domestic Violence Coordinating Council.

In addition to her diverse legal experience, Ms. Reynolds comes from a hospitality business background and has an in-depth understanding of the challenges, obstacles and opportunities for the food and beverage industry.  After graduating from Cornell University's prestigious hospitality business school, the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, with a major in Food and Beverage Management, Ms. Reynolds worked in the fine wine industry.  First, as a Wine Advisor at New York City’s world-renowned Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits, Ms. Reynolds advised clients in strategic investment, consignment, purchase, and storage of fine and rare wines and assisted in wine valuation for consignment and auction through Sotheby’s New York.  Thereafter, as an Estates Group Account Manager for premier West Coast wine and liquor distributor, Young’s Market Company, Ms. Reynolds was responsible for driving millions of dollars in wine sales in top Zagat-rated restaurants, wine shops, and hotels in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Hollywood, downtown Los Angeles, Glendale, Pasadena and the San Fernando Valley.  At Young’s Market Company, Ms. Reynolds worked with chefs and restaurant owners to create unique and award-winning wine lists, arranged and conducted wine dinners and public tasting events, and assisted clients in the opening of new restaurants and hotels by facilitating the opening of credit accounts, securing on- and off-premise alcoholic beverage licensing and training of alcoholic beverage servers.  Through her unique wine experience, Ms. Reynolds gained extensive knowledge of the three-tier alcohol distribution model existing in the United States.

Location

Law Offices of Dana L. Reynolds, LLC
30C Trolley Square
Wilmington, DE, 19806-2184

Reviews

4.2 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
Posted by Ami | May 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Custody and Support
Dana made the entire process of custody and child support so easy and calming. Always communicating and answering all of my questions in a timely manner and looking out for my and my child’s best interest. Dana is very knowledgeable and truly such a pleasure to work with as a lawyer. I would absolutely recommend her! Her staff is also amazing with their clients!
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Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best in Delaware
I recently felt like I needed a new attorney for my custody case that had become extremely complicated. I needed someone that was not only known and respected in the courthouse, but someone that had the ability to be aggressive about my position, and understanding to my specific situation. Dana represented me in several related cases including an expungment and domestic violence. She knowledgeable, passionate and genuinely evolved. I felt I formed and superbly advised at all times. My results could not have been better with anyone else, and the client/lawyer relationship is certainly one that I'd trade with any other attorney. Dana and her entire office is truly a family that fights for families.
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Posted by Katie | August 28, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce in the time of Corona
Dana and her team are simply amazing. I used her services for my divorce. Though the situation is inherently frustrating and stressful, many times it did not feel that way because the team handled everything. Dana is an excellent communicator, timely, understanding, and very knowledgeable. She’s very comprehensive and transparent in her approach, no question goes unanswered and no strategy is left unexplored. I was completely confident in her services and would highly recommend her
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Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Melissa Rhoads
Dana helped me through the family court system and eased my concerns during a very difficult time in my life. She was responsive, thorough, and detail-oriented. She created a custom custody agreement that met all my needs (which I know was a lot more than the normal run of the mill agreement). She is very knowledgeable and is great at explaining to her clients what to expect, which really puts people at ease. I highly recommend her firm.
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Posted by Sarah | September 3, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful attorney
Dana made an otherwise stressful experience as smooth as possible and was very responsive and timely with her communications. She and her team did an excellent and thorough job with the matter they handled for me, and with courtesy and professionalism. I would use her again in the future, and recommend her services to my family and friends.
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Posted by Tonya | August 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, polite, professional
Dana Reynolds was extremely helpful in resolving my case. I was consistently kept abreast of all aspects of my legal matter. I’m satisfied with the positive outcome Dana achieved, and would not hesitate to recommend Dana.
Posted by Jennifer | May 5, 2014
I would absolutely recommend Dana for Family Law cases...
Dana and her staff are efficient and kept me informed throughout the course of my legal action. She provided me with sound legal advice for my Family Law case and I truly felt that she and I were a team. I am definitely glad she was on my side!
Posted by Danielle | April 29, 2014
Fantastic Attorney
Dana is a fantastic attorney. She is passionate, driven, and knowledgeable. She is compassionate about her clients needs. She is friendly and a pleasure to work with. I would definitely hire her again. I would suggest anyone who has a family law or criminal case hire her. She will live up to all your expectations and more.
Posted by Filomena | April 28, 2014
Dana ROCKS!!!
These guys are awesome! Were a great help, took the time to answer any and every question we had. Kept us in the loop, let us know step by step what to expect next. Would use again without a doubt.
Posted by [email protected] | April 21, 2014
The most compassionate advocate a man can ever get.
Dana Reynolds devotes her passion, knowledge and skills to advocate your interests. She is the most compassionate attorney a guy can ever find in the state. She represented me vs, DFS/State of Delaware. Most attorneys, men or women, will shy away from. Dana picked up my case when virtually no one wanted to. There is an attorney in this website who praises Dana's courage under pressure. I am the living proof of that, too. She won. She exposed the abuser in the court of law. For guys who are being wrongly accused, the office of Dana Reynolds must be your first stop. If you have a case, no matter how difficult it may be, Dana will invest her passion, energy, knowledge and skills for your best interests.
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Posted by Max | October 6, 2010
Excellent lawyer, excellent person
Dana recently put together my will and advanced health care directive and I could not be more pleased with her service. It was clear from the beginning that Dana has a strong command of the law and is very thorough with her work. She took the time to explain all my options to me and was able to create a will that achieves exactly what I wanted. She prepared the documents quickly and was very prompt in responding to questions I had. I would not hesitate to retain Dana again for legal assistance in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2010
Great, Reliable, Responsive Delaware Lawyer
We used Ms. Reynolds on a recent Durable Power of Attorney situation. She was friendly, knowledgable and helpful. Excellent, top quality lawyer!
Posted by Ari | October 5, 2010
Smart lawyer with a good heart!
My mother recently had a stroke (age 62) and was unable to handle her daily affairs. I called on Ms. Reynolds to represent her and put a power of attorney in place. Ms. Reynolds not only put the power of attorney in place, but also put health directives (which I never thought of) in place. Her knowledge of the law, along with her compassion for her clients is a rare and powerful combination. If you want to get a lawyer who actually cares about the well being of their clients (not just how many hours are billed) Dana Reynolds is the lawyer for you!
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Posted by Ray | October 5, 2010
Pleasant experience
We spent a lot of time thinking and wondering what to do about a will... We just needed something simple and we were not sure where to go. Finding Dana was a great relief. She was prompt on every question and it seemed in no time it was complete. We can relax.
Posted by Corey | August 3, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Probably good(?) if you want a simple prenuptial agreement.
I sought Dana Reynolds' counsel, in July of 2014, for assistance of preparation of a prenuptial agreement prior to my marriage to my now wife. I will, to be fair, state that there was not a lot of time between the consultation and the wedding, though, since it was a courthouse wedding it was stated that we could postpone it in order to allow for proper preparation of a prenuptial agreement (which my wife and I did). My wife and I had done quite a bit of work outlining the provision of our prenuptial agreement before we each sought counsel and consulted our own individual attorneys (I myself am an IP attorney, and my wife, then fiancee, made great efforts to read up on applicable statutes, pitfalls, and so on surrounding prenuptial agreements). What I was asking for was for a family law attorney familiar with divorce proceedings to read over our work, provide counsel, and raise any flags or correct our wrongs in our agreement. What I was offered instead was a different agreement, one that rather than striving to eliminate tracing issues in the event of a future divorce was overly simplified and more of a boiler plate agreement that can be characterized as "what is his is his, what is hers is hers, they shall be separate financially". Ms. Reynolds also waffled on further representation, initially stating that she would represent me and prepare / shoot holes in my drafted agreement and then changing her mind and informing me via email a few days to the contrary. All in all a rather disappointing result from my $$$ consultation fee. As to why I'm writing this review 3 years later... I'm happily married and closing in on my 3rd anniversary, but friends of mine in the Wilmington area are soon to be married and embarking on their own prenuptial path. I have advised that they each seek independent counsel and I figured I would share my experience with this law office. (I now live in MA, but my the fiancee and I were living in Wilmington, DE at the time, and were married at the courthouse in downtown Wilmington.)
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Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Ms. Reynolds is a definite NO!!
Ms. Reynolds did not inspire confidence at all. Facing the struggle of seeking protection from abuse for myself and my children, it became abundantly clear she would not be a strong advocate and her advice was just plain off the mark. Thankfully, I took the advice of a good friend and spent the money on 3 consultations for 3 different lawyers. What Ms. Reynolds told me was way off base compared to the advice I was receiving from the two other lawyers. And, several of her statements were absolutely absurd. Thank goodness I did find a different lawyer and I did not hire Ms. Reynolds because I now have a Protection from abuse for myself and my children.
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Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
After spending $$$$, basically I get nothing in court.
Hello, After hiring Ms. Dana as my divorce lawyer, I found she is very expensive, any container money can be exhausted in a very quick way, while she just made a very little progress and research. The case is very common and simple, my current girlfriend, for example, She just spent 1/5 lawyer fee to get a much better result than me. we compared to each other, a lot of things are free for her case (for example, free consultation, free answer quick questions in phone ect. total devoice fee is straightforward) I suggest that if you really want to hire her, you need to ask her how much you will totally charge before making decision. While in my case, she doesn't answer this question, it result in a bad experience. Hope you have a better experience! Thank you
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Posted by Jen | October 14, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Not a great experience
I only had my consultation but basically she spoke as if she was representing the other party. Completely made me feel helpless and alone. I wasted 400$ that could have gone to my child. I had to inform her of some DE laws. Don’t waste your money.
Response from Dana Reynolds October 15, 2020
Dear Jen, I am so sorry that you felt this way during or otherwise after a one hour consultation. I do wish you had addressed your concerns with me directly during the consultation or soon after it so I could have had an opportunity to address it directly with you in a timely and non-public manner. I know it is very hard to hear legal advice, especially when it is not in your favor, and I always try to make people feel at ease, respected, and feel that they have been heard and are receiving proper legal advice regarding their rights, responsibilities, and the way the Court might see a dispute under existing law. I am not quite sure what you mean by having to inform me of "some DE laws", but sometimes an attorney cannot properly advise a client during a one hour consultation about law outside of his/her practice area or which would need further research. Please understand that legal advice is rendered during a consultation based only on the facts discussed during that consultation. I wish you the best of luck, success and health in your future and hope you can find an attorney that is a better fit for you.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
  • Pro bono 5 %
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A.
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Jane R. Roth, Senior Judge
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Chandlee Johnson Kuhn, Chief Judge
  • The Family Court of the State of Delaware
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Account Manager for Fine Wine Division
  • Youngs Market Company - The Estates Group
  • 1999 - 2003
  • Wine Advisor
  • Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits
  • 1998 - 1999
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Education

  • Widener University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • East West Resort Development V, L.P., L.L.L.P., et al., Case No. 10-10452
  • Questex Media Group, Inc., et al., Case No. 09-13423
  • R.H. Donnelley Corporation, et al., Case No. 09-11833
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Associations

  • Melson-Arsht American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Delaware Volunteer Legal Services (DVLS)
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2010 - Present
  • Office of the Child Advocate
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2008 - Present
  • Delaware State Bar Association (DSBA)
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Richard S. Rodney American Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Outstanding Recent Alumna Award
  • Widner University School of Law
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Fundamentals of Law Practice Management and Technology 2018
  • Lawyer-Client Relations
  • 2018
  • Fundamentals of Law Practice Management and Technology 2017
  • Lawyer-Client Relations
  • 2017
  • Connections - Osher Lifelong Learning
  • Child Guardianship & Visitation for Grandparents
  • 2017
  • Celebrating the Clover, Getting Pulled Over
  • DUI
  • 2017
  • Bench and Bar Conference 2016
  • Family Law Panel
  • 2016
  • Delaware State Bar Association
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology and The Law
  • 2015
  • 2010 Widener Law Professionalism Day
  • Building a Professional Identity
  • 2010
  • 11/11/10 CLE Lecture
  • Selected Topics in Child Custody Matters
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (6)
Endorse Dana
Child custody Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dana is a strong advocate for her clients' rights. She is highly regarded in the Delaware Bar as being a fantastic litigator. We have had some mutual clients, and they always speak very highly of her. I am proud to endorse Dana for Family Law and Criminal Defense!"
Unknown Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Dana is very well regarded in the Delaware Bar and zealously represents her clients while maintaining a a composed and reasonable posture. She is a valued member of our community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dana is a knowledgeable hardworking attorney that strives to provide the best representation to her clients while also taking the time to share her experience and expertise with other attorneys."
Family Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of working with Dana on many matters. Her commitment to the client is outstanding. Moreover, she is a team-player with the other lawyers involved. I have personally referred family to her. She is top-notch."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Family member
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Dana is smart, efficient and not afraid to take on a challenging case. She works hard for her clients and always maintains the highest level of professionalism."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Dana has demonstrated exemplary skills as a trial attorney handling difficult divorce and custody cases. She has earned an outstanding reputation."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Dana several different times over the years, and each time I have been struck by her character and professionalism. While colleagues at the Family Court of the State of Delaware in Wilmington, she headed multiple initiatives on behalf of the Court in addition to her duties as a clerk, demonstrating both a mastery of and passion for family law matters. Beyond family matters, however, she exhibited a clear understanding and aptitude for all areas of the law during our time together at the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals clerking for the Honorable Jane R. Roth. Regardless of which type of legal matter she was tasked with at the Third Circuit, she always displayed a quick grasp of the issue in question through her meticulous attention to detail. These experiences, in conjunction with her time practicing at a premier Delaware law firm, convince me that she is an exemplary attorney more than capable of exceeding her clients’ needs."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dana treats each of her clients as if that client's case is the most important in her practice. Dana is hardworking, responsive and always willing to think creatively to solve problems and come up with the best possible solution for her clients. You will not find many lawyers as honest, talented or brilliant as Ms. Reynolds. She never fails to go the extra mile for clients."
Family Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I heartily endorse Dana's work. She is a skilled practitioner who treats all of her clients with empathy and compassion and works hard to obtain the best result for them under the circumstances."
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