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Dana Ann Judas

Divorce and separation Attorney at Cedar Rapids, IA

4.9   28 reviews

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About Dana

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Dana is a first-generation college student who understands the value of hard work and dedication. Her ability to empathize with clients allows her to see their legal case both compassionately and objectively. Dana engages with clients who have varied and complex family law issues on both a personal and professional level. She comes from a blended family and is the youngest of six siblings. Her own experiences with family law issues sets her practice apart.

Dana grew up in Waterloo, Iowa and graduated from Waterloo West High School in 2007. She went on to attend the University of Iowa where she received her Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in 2010, where she majored in English (Nonfiction Writing). Dana graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in May 2014 and was admitted to practice in September.

In May of 2019, Dana joined Nazette, Marner, Nathanson & Shea, LLP, where she focuses on areas of family law, including divorce, custody, juvenile law (CINA), appellate practice, guardianship and conservatorships, child support, and no contact order proceedings. Dana is certified in both mediation and the collaborative law process.

Prior to joining Nazette, Marner, Nathanson & Shea LLP, she practiced family law at another Cedar Rapids firm. In July 2022, Dana became a partner at NMNS.

Dana thrives on personal interaction and does so by putting her clients first. It is one thing to listen to someone; it is quite another to hear someone. It is also important to have candid and realistic discussions about what can be achieved in each case and how the law can help obtain the desired outcome.

Dana’s strength lies in the balance of understanding when to be soft and when to be strong. Each situation is unique and should be treated at such. No two cases are ever alike. Dana is attentive and believes a strong and professional connection to clients not only puts them at ease, but ensures they receive personal and practical legal advice.

When not in the office, Dana enjoys teaching and practicing yoga, spending time with her dogs, Charlie, Louie, and Roxie, and forcing her husband to go on adventures around the world.

Licensed for 8 years
State IA
Status Active
Acquired 2014
Updated 12/15/2022

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

Contact Dana

Nazette, Marner, Nathanson and Shea LLP
615 2nd Street SW
Cedar Rapids, IA, 52407

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Elsy | September 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Lawyer, Beautiful and Compasionated Person!
I highly recommend the services of Attorney Dana Judas, a compassionate, discreet, sensitive person who knows how to hear when you are sad and frustrated, she is realistic and very professional. She is one of those types of people who make you feel comfortable. My divorce case should have been resolved in 90 days and it had been going on for more than 8 months, I was already desperate. She helped solve it almost immediately. The calls and mediations of the Court were over for me, because she was in charge of everything. I previously contacted two or three of these On-Line Agencies that promise you that if you pay them they will help you right away (liars-liars); that was a waste of time, you end up paying a lot of money because they take monthly amounts from your credit card and they print the forms for you (so that you fill them out and return to them and you don't even understand what you're doing and the process can take you many months, without having someone truly responsible). Please read the reviews of those websites, it helps a lot to avoid getting scammed. Later I wanted to handle the case by myself, but when you have minor children, that becomes difficult and complicated. A real stress for me and my ex-husband too. The only thing I regret is not having hired Attorney Dana Judas before. She was accessible to my emails, calls all the time and she solved everything, better than expected. The prices are quite accessible. It was enough for us to meet only once, we talked about the case and she told me what would happen next and that's what happened. My first language is Spanish and I thought the communication was going to be complicated, but she made everything so simple for me. I am very thankful! It was the company where I work that put me in contact with her, through excellent services called PAS (Personal Assistance Services), which I didn't even know I had as part of my benefits. That also helped make my payment cheaper. If you are about to start a divorce process or you are in the middle of a difficult one, you should hire the services of this amazing woman, you will not regret it. Acquaintances with whom I have mentioned my situation, have told me that I have been very blessed with her. A divorce is not easy for anyone, regardless of the circumstances. Find someone compassionate and professional to help you. - Thanks Liz, her assistant too, for all the help you provided! Today I will start writing a new Chapter in my life! Lord help me!
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Posted by Scott | July 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I would take a bullet for Dana
Literally. Dana was amazing. She has represented me for about four years now and I wouldn't even dream of hiring another lawyer. Before our first trial I did mediation on my own and it was rough. I asked her to attend mediation (part 2) and she advocated for me relentlessly, but also told what was reasonable and feasible without me needing to ask. When we went to trial Dana was ferocious on my behalf. We won. When we went to our contempt hearing Dana knew what line of questioning was best and was absolutely open and clear about our strategy. We won. We went to appeals court and Dana worked tirelessly on my case. She went before the appeals court for me. We won. We've done other court proceedings and we won every time. Dana knows what she's doing and how to do it. Most importantly, Dana knows how to communicate to clients and put things in a way anyone can understand. My divorce is over and done with, but I'll be going back to court forever, probably. I trust Dana with the entire legal aspect of custody with my kids, and I always will. I'll never trust anyone else and I honestly recommend Dana to anyone else going through divorce, as in I actively recommend her to all my friends and acquaintances when I hear they're going through divorce. Dana is an amazing friend and an even better lawyer. I would literally take a bullet for Dana.
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Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Stress Free experience
We all know that going through a divorce is stressful enough then you add the legal side to it and it can be overwhelming. Dana and Liz made this process stress free. One of them was always around to answer any of my questions. I would and will highly recommend Dana to anyone looking for a great attorney
Posted by Shana | April 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Spectacular!!!
Dana took over my divorce case about 1/2 way through the process. I didn't feel like a priority to my first lawyer and I'm SO GLAD I made the switch to Dana. She hit the ground running with my divorce. She is very knowledgeable and personable. She answered all my questions and kept the ball rolling. She won my case and did it ethically and with my kids' best interest at heart. She helped me stand up to my abusive ex and helped me win sole custody. I am so grateful I had her and her team in my corner.
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Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Woman seeking a divorce lawyer
I was referred to Dana by other professionals who work in the legal system and I can see why. This was my first divorce and Dana made the transition extremely smooth. Whenever I had questions, Dana was prompt in her response and took the time to explain the things I did not understand. Definitely a great divorce lawyer and I recommend her for anyone who is seeking a divorce attorney.
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Posted by Derek | January 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Just plain awesome !!!
Fairly new to the Linn County area looking for a family lawyer about terminating the rights of the mother of my son that has not seen him an almost 3 years and when she was around she would always use our son as a pawn in chess to see what else she could get or damage she could cause. Dana handled my case brilliantly and was extremely knowledgeable answered all the questions I had letting me know what I could or couldn't do and what was possibly attainable. She succeeded in winning my case and relieved a lot of stress off not just my shoulders but my sons as well. I would Highly Recommend Dana to Anyone in need of a lawyer.
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Response from Dana Judas January 18, 2021
Thank you, Derek. I'm so happy everything went smoothly. Take care!
Posted by Sharon | November 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Personable!
Dana is very knowledgeable on Iowa family law and was great at explaining everything to me on my unique divorce and custody case. She ALWAYS kept the children's best interests in mind and advocated for them. Fantastic to work with. Highly recommend!
Posted by Adrienne | October 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Attentive & Great Advocate
Dana Judas was extremely helpful throughout my entire divorce process. She was always very attentive in responding to any questions and advocated for my rights whenever needed. She truly cared about my case and made sure that I received a fair settlement. I would strongly recommend hiring her to represent you.
Posted by Laura | July 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Serious, honest, dedicated and efficient family lawyer
Dana helped us with an adoption. She was very accessible, clear and made the process feel very safe. Dana guided us every step of the way and was very informative about the process and delivered results. We are so appreciative to have hired her and will be forever grateful to her!
Posted by Mindy | May 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Super Star
When I found myself in the difficult and surprising position of filing for divorce, Dana was my first and only call. She is kind, yet firm, compassionate and understanding, but also fair and focused on getting you to the finish line. My amicable ex was pro se and she made sure he understood everything that was happening. We settled quickly and quietly with no drama whatsoever. I attribute this to Dana’s cool and collected lawyering. She is able to be your advocate without completely eviscerating your ex. This was very important to me. In these trying times when it seems like the world is collapsing around us, she can be your life boat. And she does it with a smile on her face and your best interests in the forefront always.
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Posted by Alex | April 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Dana is amazing, I hired her 6 months ago and was blown away by her dedication. She’s incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and easy to talk with - making the whole situation more comfortable and easier to get through - I would highly recommend her services to anyone needing an attorney.
Posted by Bob | December 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply excellent
Dana has all the qualities you would hope for in a divorce lawyer. Mine was a complicated case involving support and custody issues across international borders and Dana handled it brilliantly. She is extremely thorough, meticulous, passionate, and highly motivated. She is also extremely quick-witted, and seems to have knowledge at her fingertips: over the course of the trial, the judge brought up issues around the international borders, and Dana very quickly formulated answers (complete with references to points of law) that were satisfactory to the judge. It was quite a pleasure to watch her in action! She also has a support team working tirelessly in the background. I cannot recommend Dana highly enough!
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Response from Dana Judas January 27, 2020
Thank you so much for you confidence during this process. You made mine and Katie's job easy! Thanks, Bob.
Posted by Bruce | December 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you for everything.
Dana was always very professional. When Dana was not with a client or in a meeting she would always get right back to me. If anyone needs a good attorney like Dana I'm definitely going to recommend her.
Posted by Danielle | December 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
We had very little time and resources and my ex had a ton of both. She kept us focused on what I considered the most important (the safety of my kids). Not only did she do great work, she was efficient and made it work with the budget we had. She respected the law, the judge, the witnesses, my kids and me. It was not an easy case and she got innovative without compromising the integrity of the case. Not everyone can say that about their attorneys. We are so grateful for her work and would recommend her to all who ask.
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Posted by Erik | October 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Handled My Divorce Well
Dana is the first lawyer I've ever hired, so my experience is admittedly limited. Obviously I didn't expect to get divorced when I first got married. Who does? Dana was great about answering all of my questions and addressing my concerns throughout the entire process. She never made me feel as if my concerns were invalid or irrational, and she never gave me reason to doubt that everything she was doing was in my best interests as her client. There were no hidden fees or wastes of money with her.....she did her job for the agreed upon (and reasonable) price, which I GREATLY appreciate. She changed firms in the middle of handling my case, and I am very happy with my decision to stick with her when she did!
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Response from Dana Judas January 27, 2020
Thank you, Erik, for your positive comments. I'm very happy we were able to come to a positive resolution. Take care!
Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce Representation
Dana handled my divorce proceedings and subsequent appeal. She is very compassionate and is meticulous in her work. She is excellent in her communications with her clients and making them feel comfortable with the process. I felt her rate was reasonable and competitive in the Cedar Rapids area. I would recommend Dana to others.
Response from Dana Judas January 27, 2020
I know it was a long process but we were able to get through it thanks to your positive outlook. I appreciate your kind words.
Posted by Matthew | September 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Child Support Representation
I hired Dana to assist me with a Child Support Hearing. Her fees were reasonable and she was knowledgeable about the entire process. I immediately felt at ease working with Dana and she was very helpful in explaining the process and what I should expect. She told me the fees immediately so I knew the costs going into it. The outcome was better than expected and Dana fought on my behalf during the hearing. I could not be more pleased with Dana and I will be using her for any future legal needs I may have with complete confidence.
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Response from Dana Judas January 27, 2020
Thanks, Matthew! I was happy to help. Take care!
Posted by Katie | August 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce and Custody Matters
I hired Dana after starting the divorce process with another attorney. I couldn't have made a better decision than to switch to having Dana as my new representation. She made me feel more at ease with everything that was going on. She explained things in a clear manner and made sure that I was kept aware the entire time. In a time of stress, Dana reassured me that things would be alright and that everything I was going through was common in my situation. I wouldn't have been able to go through the whole thing without her guidance along the way.
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Response from Dana Judas January 27, 2020
Thank you for your kind words and for being such a great client.
Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fast and professional response
Messaged Dana in regards to my custody case. She responded immediately and was more than willing to meet with me. I ended up not needing her representation but would have hired her due to her timely and professional response. I will most definitely contact her if needed in the future. Thank you!
Posted by Leon | July 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce case
I would recommend Dana to anyone who is looking for a compassionate and professional attorney. Very thorough and detailed. She has always kept me updated on matters involving my case .
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Nazette, Marner, Nathanson & Shea, LLP
  • 2019 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Arenson Law Group, PC
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Associate Attorney
  • Viner Law Firm, PC
  • 2014 - 2016

Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • University of Iowa
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2010

Associations

  • Linn County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Linn Law Club
  • Secretary
  • 2014 - Present
  • Dean Mason Ladd American Inn of Court'
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Endorse Dana
Family Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dana is an excellent attorney with a knack for family law. She is a hard worker and truly cares about her community & clients. I endorse Dana Judas."
Family Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dana is passionate about helping her clients and has great attention to detail and work ethic. I would gladly recommend her to anyone wishing to receive legal counsel for divorce, custody or other family matters."
Family Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dana is a great family law attorney. She genuinely cares about her clients, and I respect her zealous advocacy and her professionalism. I would recommend Dana to someone who wants high quality legal representation from an attorney who is approachable and accessible."
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Cedar Rapids Divorce and separation Lawyer Dana Ann Judas
Dana Ann Judas
Divorce and separation Attorney
Cedar Rapids, IA
Licensed for 8 years