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Dawn Anne Renken

Family Attorney at Houston, TX

4.3   48 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2003
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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About Dawn

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Divorce; Representation at Temporary Orders hearings; Common Law Marriages; Separation and Divorce planning to ensure that decisions made in haste do not affect the outcome of your case; Issue of net worth in divorce, including tracing, accurate valuation and characterization of all marital assets; Alimony and Spousal Maintenance; Child Custody, Child Support and visitation agreements; Family Violence and Protective Orders; Grandparents’ rights; Attorney General Support cases; Name change, etc.

  2. Family
    Divorce; Representation at Temporary Orders hearings; Common Law Marriages; Separation and Divorce planning to ensure that decisions made in haste do not affect the outcome of your case; Issue of net worth in divorce, including tracing, accurate valuation and characterization of all marital assets; Alimony and Spousal Maintenance; Child Custody, Child Support and visitation agreements; Family Violence and Protective Orders; Grandparents’ rights; Attorney General Support cases; Name change, etc.

  3. Mediation
    Renken Law Firm now conducts mediations

I am an accomplished traveler, having lived places from South Dakota to Texas to Geneva, Switzerland, where I studied international law abroad. I graduated from the University of Texas in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. I attended Ohio Northern Law School on a Barrister scholarship, where I earned my Juris Doctorate in 2003, graduating with distinction, in the top ten percent of my class.

 I had a successful law school career, participating in Moot Court, becoming a Moot Court Associate Judge and the National Trial Competition Team Coach; eventually sitting as one of the esteemed Moot Court Board of Advocates. I earned almost every academic accolade awarded in law school, including being invited to become a member of the prestigious Order of Barristers and Willis Society. After earning the A+ Book Award in Criminal Law, I was asked to work as the Criminal Law teaching assistant to the incoming class. My grade point average was high enough to earn a position as an Associate Editor of the Ohio Northern Law Review, later graduating sixth in my class.

I have published two law articles, one on campaign finance reform laws, one on the First Amendment.

Prior to law school, I worked in accounting and business, developing a keen business acumen and knowledge of accounting that has been invaluable in my law career. In my free time, I enjoy running marathons and participating in triathlons, successfully completing a 70.3 Ironman in 2010 and 2011. I also enjoy spending time with my dog Misty, who graduated with top honors in Agility Training.  I recently adopted a pit bull mix, Sabine, who I discovered with friends with a broken leg on one of my training runs.

I am certified as an Amicus Attorney, a Guardian Ad Litem and an Attorney Ad Litem through the Children’s Friend in Court Program in Harris County. I am an active member of the Houston Bar Association, including its Family Law section. I help in my community through volunteering with the Houston Bar Association and various other organizations.

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Dawn Anne Renken
11500 NW Freeway
Houston, TX, 77092

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4.3 / 5.0
  48 customer reviews
Posted by C. Jason Parrish | January 20, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Dawn Renken will Win for you and is absolutely the Best!
Dawn Renken is by far the best attorney I have ever hired. Dawn worked hard and won custody of my 2 girls for me. Dawn was tactical, perfectly prepared and dominate in court over the course of 10 + appearances. Dawn's courtroom prowess is undeniable as she was able take on 4 different attorneys over the course of 2 years and win. Dawn is professional and straight forward in direction to her clients so that they know what to expect and how to navigate the legal process. If your are looking for a tough, smart, agile and dominate lawyer....look no further. Hire Dawn!
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Response from Dawn Renken January 24, 2017
Thank you Jason. It's so rewarding when you fight so hard for your clients and they recognize the sweat. It was a long battle, thank you for your kind words. There was never any doubt that this was going to be a fight all the way and you listened to my advice and we prevailed. It means a lot to me!
Posted by Jorge Romero | February 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best divorce lawyer in town
I hired Dawn out of my search in Avvo and I was not disappointed. She not only knows the law in Texas like the palm of her hand, but most importantly knows the Courts in Harris County, the judges, and the procedures very well. She's a master of the rules of engagement in front of the judge and in my case practically destroyed the opposing counsel (politely and professionally) in Court proceedings. She's also very personable and fun to be around. My divorce case was handled expeditiously and successfully beyond my expectations. I strongly recommend you hire Dawn to represent you.
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Response from Dawn Renken May 17, 2016
Thank you for your kind words Jorge. I don't think your case should have taken as long as it did, unfortunately as you know, you sometimes have to deal with the law and the emotional side. Unfortunately, the emotional side takes a little longer. I'm glad we got the outcome we were looking for.
Posted by Robert | June 1, 2015
Sit back and watch her work
First let me not go into a divorce without your own attorney!!! I almost waited too long to hire Dawn. While on the phone, she pulled the information on the courthouse records she told me to get in as soon as I could that afternoon. It wasn't what was stated in the paperwork it was the ambiguous terms that were used. Dawn is direct, aggressive, very busy which sometimes makes her hard to reach and a darn good negotiator. She knows her stuff. Don't go see her if you want a shrink...go to her if you want to be well represented. Make sure your expectations are realistic and you will do well. The "friendly" divorce paperwork was full of open ended statements that would have cost me more than my legally fair share. With that being said she warned me right from the beginning that we are now negotiating a business transaction not a friendly settlement. You can go back to friendly after the divorce is final. You have to take care of your interests and Dawn will do that for you in legalese if you let her. Sometimes you wonder where she is going in her logic... but just sit back, watch and listen...she knows what she is doing. I think if I had been as aggressive as she suggested I may have done better...but I couldn't let go of the relationship. Remember if you are enlisting the help of an attorney (Dawn)...your relationship is let her get down to business. She is very good in mediation. She understands how to effectively work through the process. She should since she offers mediation services in her practice. I think the most impressive thing and the sign of a well respected attorney is when we went to the courthouse (unfortunately we had to go), she was known by many of the court employees, officials and other attorneys that were waiting for their time slot. If you are reading this I am sorry you are having to go through it...but I think Dawn is a good choice. By the way she was recommended to me by another satisfied client.
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Response from Dawn Renken June 16, 2015
Thank you for the kind review Bob. Even if you don't think you need a lawyer, go talk to one who offers a free consult. When Bob came in, he thought the attorney representing his spouse had written up a "fair" agreement; however, the order was full of loopholes and items that could have cost Bob a lot of money that he was entitled to. I'm glad I could help.
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Posted by Kathleen | May 13, 2015
Excellent Lawyer for Family Law
Needing a divorce lawyer and not being able to drive to downtown Houston I researched for a firm near my home. . After reading the reviews about Dawn Renken I just sensed this lawyer was the one I needed. And boy did my intuition pay off! She has a laid back attitude but extremely professional in her ethics. Prices are reasonable ..goes the extra mile, even drove me to the court house knowing I could not drive. Divorce done in 63 days! You will definitely get your money's worth with Dawn Renken.
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Response from Dawn Renken May 14, 2015
It was my pleasure Kathleen.
Posted by Kelli | April 20, 2015
Highly Recommend Dawn!
Dawn has helped me multiple times over the past several years with modifications to my out of state divorce decree. She is always willing to explain the facts and processes of our procedures so I am confident in the steps we are taking. Her top priority is always to protect my interests and my daughters well being. Her experience leaves her well versed in all the court procedures. She works very efficiently helping to keep my costs down. I will continue to trust her for any issues that come up. I highly recommend Dawn to anyone looking for a confident, competent and efficient lawyer.
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Response from Dawn Renken May 14, 2015
Louisiana decrees are always interesting. Thank you so much Kelli. I'm here when you need me.
Posted by Gabriela | April 15, 2015
Great Lawyer in my Divorce Case
I was referred to Dawn by a former colleague. I set up the initial appointment and was 1) happy to know that there was no fee for the initial consultation 2) felt very comfortable with her taking on my case after we met. Dawn was very honest and knowledgeable in all the details that we discussed surrounding my situation and I appreciated that. She was available whenever I had a question and responded to my emails in a timely manner.
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Response from Dawn Renken May 14, 2015
Thank you Gabriela.
Posted by Ashley | March 3, 2015
Dawn has been an excellent attorney for me and my daughter. She has gone out if her way to get things done for my case and I couldn't ask for a better person to work with. She is looking for the best situation for my daughter. She always listens to everything I have to say with open ears and tells me why and why not the thing I ask for May or maynot be achievable. She's made this stressful, scary sisuation into a surprisingly easy experience! I recommend her to anyone that's looking for an attorney that will fight for the best for your child(ren)! And thank you Dawn for everything you've done for me and kamryn!
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Response from Dawn Renken May 14, 2015
Thank you Ashley. I'm glad we could get everything you wanted!
Posted by Heidi | March 2, 2015
Reliable, confident and aggressive! She's the best!
Dawn Renken has been a true life-line for me! I was facing a divorce after an abusive marriage followed by a protective order against my ex, which left me feeling defeated and hopeless. After searching several weeks for an attorney, I was referred to Renken Law Firm. Ms. Renken was quick, aggressive and got me on back track, feeling confident about my future. Her top priority was the safety of me, my children and our financial stability. I HIGHLY recommend Dawn Renken!
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Response from Dawn Renken March 3, 2015
Thank you for the kind review Heidi. I was so pleased to be able to help you and your kids. I'm here when you need me.
Posted by Nikki | May 12, 2014
The Best attorney with your interest in mind and gets the job done
Dawn made my divorce experience run quite smoothly. Dawn and Nicki, her assistant, were always quick to respond and very helpful. I have zero compliants and have already recommended Dawn to someone else through a mutual friend. If you are looking for an educated attorney, with your interest in mind that makes you feel like your case is her only matter at that moment who will not nickel and dime you, then you have found her. She is a straight shooter who gets the job done, period.
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Response from Dawn Renken August 18, 2014
Thank you Nikki. And thank you for the referral, it means a lot.
Posted by Lisa | April 30, 2014
I needed an attorney who would fight for me, Dawn was responsive, communicative and tough. I could not have asked for a better attorney when going through such a difficult Divorce. She fought tooth and nail to protect my rights and those of my daughter. She was strong for me when/where I couldn't be and brought me back to reality when I was going off on tangents. I would recommend her to anyone who asked.
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Response from Dawn Renken August 18, 2014
Thank you Lisa. It means a lot to me.
Posted by Nancy | March 27, 2014
Let Dawn handle your divorce case
Dawn handled my case thoroughly and effectively despite drawbacks and delays caused by opposing counsel. She and her assistant Nicki responded promptly to questions and kept me apprised of all developments. She was particularly helpful through the mediation process. The only reason I gave her 4 stars for Knowledgeable was because of a question about preparing taxes in a community property state, but if she wanted to be completely knowledgeable about that she would have become a CPA instead of an attorney. I would recommend Dawn for your divorce case.
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Response from Dawn Renken March 28, 2014
Thanks Nancy! And I appreciate you doing independent research on that tax question. I do not and will not hesitate to let a client know when I'm uncertain in areas of law that are not my expertise (like tax).
Posted by Alexis | March 27, 2014
Phenomenal Lawyer
Dawn has represented me for over six years in a number of matters concerning family law. I found her to be realistic about what could be accomplished, a great communicator, responsive and judicious with her use of time and resources on my behalf. She is the one and only lawyer I would recommend. Ms. Renken explained the Texas Family Code and carefully protected my best interests and those of my children. I have recommended her to friends and colleagues and will continue to do so as long as she is practicing law. I am extremely happy with all the services she provided and will always utilize her services for my legal needs.
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Response from Dawn Renken March 28, 2014
Thank you so much Alexis. It's been a pleasure working with you these last 6 years and I hope you never need me again. I will be here if you do.
Posted by Angelia | March 27, 2014
Caring, knowledgable, responsive, fighter...I would and will refer to everyone.
Dawn took me and my kids to heart. Their needs and my needs were at her best interest and at the same time she was very straight forward with what I could expect. I went into my divorce blinded and she sat me down to explain and make me understand exactly what I could expect. It's a scary time in someones life and expectations can be blurred by emotions. Dawn explained to me what she thought she could do and explained to me what may happen. I appreciate the straight forward yet caring edge she has. I would change nothing about what happened and I have Dawn to thank. I can't say enough about her and her actions. I am very pleased with what happened in a very unfortunate situation. Thanks Dawn for all your hard work and effort.
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Response from Dawn Renken March 28, 2014
Thank you Angelia, that means a lot.
Posted by Tiana- | March 7, 2014
WOW! How can words express! YOU ROCK! YOU JAM! YOU ARE AMAZING! NOTABLE! DETERMINED! WELL KNOWN IN THE COURT ROOM- AND IN THE LEGAL COMMUNITY AS A VERY SHARP AND EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY! ADVOCATE FOR JUSTICE! I turned to Dawn after I had been battling for what seemed like half of my life in court as a single mother who was at a disadvantage of being able to obtain legal counsel throughout a long term custody and child support matter that originated in Florida. Then I turned to Dawn! After becoming a resident in Texas, my custody case had been transferred and in spite of fighting tooth and nail against a non custodial parent who had discredited himself over and over, yet still tried everything legal and illegal to obtain custody and child support, Dawn stepped in and showed just what TEXAS FAMILY IS ALL ABOUT! Her focus was on the needs and interests of my daughter from day one! Not only did she over throw and over turn all odds in my case, she got me and my daughter REPAYMENT, FREEDOM, and PEACE OF MIND! Would I recommend this attorney? YOU BET YA! - Thank you so much Dawn- A million thanks to you and your staff! You have been a light for my family during very dark times and forever WE THANK YOU!
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Response from Dawn Renken March 9, 2014
Thank you so much Tiana. It's so nice to get such expressive gratitude when I work so hard for each and every one of my clients. I know you will be fine, but if you should need me again, do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you again for your nice words.
Posted by Alison | July 11, 2013
Excellent Lawyer! Look no further!
During a very difficult time Dawn made the experience as easy as possible. I had already consulted with a well known Lawyer in the area who would not return my calls, and felt very desperate and alone when I found Dawn. I was incredibly fortunate to find her. The moment I walked out of her office after the initial consultation I felt a huge relief. She answered my calls and emails promptly, listened to and addressed all of my questions and concerns. It was a difficult divorce as I moved out of the country during the process however, Dawn handled it seamlessly and made the process incredibly smooth with very little work required on my end. She was extremely knowledgeable and spoke to me in terms so I could understand the entire process. Dawn had the divorce and child custody finalized extremely fast and as pleasant as possible under the circumstances. My ex actually ended up referring her to a friend!! I highly recommend Dawn to anyone! Thank you Dawn!
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Response from Dawn Renken July 12, 2013
Thank you Alison! It was a pleasure. I hope everything is going well.
Posted by Brittiny | April 2, 2013
All in favor for Renken Lawfirm!
I will definitely be returning to Dawn for anything else in the future! Dawn helped me cruise through my divorce and child support. She always had the answer when I needed it, and even when she was not available, her assistant was knowledgeable and able to provide me with certain answers. My experience here was definitely a great one. I recommend Dawn for any family matter from divorce to child custody. I hope that when the time comes she will be able to help with adoption! Thank you, Dawn, for all of your help!
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Response from Dawn Renken April 3, 2013
Thank you Brittiny! Don't hesitate to contact me if you need anything in the future, it was a pleasure.
Posted by Myra | January 14, 2013
Best Attorney I EVER had and worth EVERY penny
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Response from Dawn Renken April 2, 2013
Glad to hear you are doing well Myra! Thank you for the wonderful referral.
Posted by Kevin | November 29, 2012
I highly recommend Ms. Renken
I hired Ms. Renken to represent me in my recent divorce case. She is a very aggressive lawyer who will fight for her clients. I was kept informed during the entire process, and she quickly answered any questions that I had. Her knowledge of the law was exceptional and she was able to achieve an end result better than I could have hoped for. I highly recommend Ms. Renken to anyone who is going through a divorce. I'm glad that I found her and my ex-wife didn't.
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Response from Dawn Renken December 5, 2012
Thank you Kevin. It was my pleasure.
Posted by Samantha | October 16, 2012
Dawn gets the job done FAST, professional, and right the first time!!
I have had 2 lawyers prior to Dawn, one for a divorce and one for custody/child support. The attorney’s I had were very reputable lawyers of their firms. They were also very expensive and after dealing with Dawn, I realized how much I spent for what I got with the other guys and I wished I would have had Dawn right from the start. This particular time Dawn represented me in a custody case that I was sued for, which turned into a simple modification of the current orders thanks to her straight forward no nonsense approach. She knew the law and what could be done and what couldn’t be done. She made me feel very relaxed at my consultation and her retainer was very affordable. She and her staff are also very cautious of your money and do their best to minimize unnecessary communications; and in the end I received almost half of my retainer back. She doesn't bs you at all and she tells you the truth. She also recommends cost efficient ways to handle your case. In my opinion Dawn isn’t out there to just make a buck….she is out there because she cares. I feel she wants to make a difference and help clients that have been done wrong in the past (like me) get the results they should have gotten the first time. I highly recommend Dawn for your family law needs and from here on out, she will be my first choice! Thank you Dawn and her assistant Natalie….what a great team!!
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Response from Dawn Renken October 24, 2012
Thanks Samantha. If you need me in the future, I will be here. You made Natalie's day, by the way. She never gets the credit she deserves on these things!
Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2012
Dawn made the difference
First let me say that aside from working with corporate attorneys I have never had to use one in my personal life. After 13 years of marriage I needed some guidance on my options and more importantly an attorney who does not sugar coat things. I met with Dawn and was so upset about the situation that I did not take the paperwork with me. I ended up hiring Dawn to represent me in what turned out to be a very bitter divorce. My ex wife hired a very expensive attorney and made some shocking allegations which without proper representation would have been very damaging. Dawn always remained calm and was very candid about what needed to be done. While the attorney from my ex was very dramatic and snotty in court Dawn is not prone to "the drama". She just wants to get it done. My daughter was a priority for her. I found her work ethic to be exceptional and her fees were fair compared to other attorneys. I had read a review that stated"get ready when you go up against Dawn in Court" and all I can say is yes she was ready. I have seen a few negative reviews on Dawn and I completely disagree, I think some people hire a professional and then want to tell them how to do their job. Natalie who works for Dawn is compassionate and very effective at what she does. This was my first and only marriage and I carried some guilt for filing and not being able to make it work. When things got really ugly Dawn always looked out for my interests. My ex wanted 200% of everything and Dawn ensured that this did not happen. In closing what impressed me most about Dawn is her integrity, she will not compromise it.
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Response from Dawn Renken October 24, 2012
Thanks David. I hope things will get better. I will continue to work to try to always do what's in your child's best interests without compromising your interests.
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AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Renken Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Vossler & Renken, PLLC
  • 2004 - 2010


  • Ohio Northern University - Claude W. Pettit College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of Texas
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997


  • Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015


  • 29 Ohio N.U.L. Rev. 728
  • Survey of Ohio Law: Ohio Supreme Court Decision: The State Ex Rel. Cincinnati Enquirer, Division
  • 2003
  • 28 Ohio N.U.L. Rev. 495
  • Federal Election Commission v. Colorado Republican Federal Campaign Committee
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • Default Divorces in Harris County
  • Default Divorces in Harris County
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

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Given (5)
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Family Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had cases with Dawn, and I have worked with her a a mediator. She is always thorough, prepared, and fights fiercely for her clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have used Dawn as a mediator in my cases. She is a knowledgeable Family Law Attorney and Mediator!"
Unknown Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Dawn was easy to work with as opposing counsel and is a strong advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lawyers who serve the avvo community as much as Ms. Renken are few and far between. It takes passion, concern and dedication to devote so much time. You have my endorsement and kudos."
Family Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Dawn is an excellent lawyer. She is very knowledgeable and professional. It was evident to me, during our work on a modification case, that she works hard and fights for her clients."
Family Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.This attorney has a strong reputation, is a zealous advocate for the clients and is a credit to the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Renken is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. She is a strong and zealous advocate for her clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly endorse her."
Family Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She is handling a family law matter for me and I am very impressed by her expertise and professionalism. She is a pleasure to work with, returns calls quickly and her rates are quite reasonable. I would entrust her with any family law issues that arise in my practice in the future. Highly recommended."
Family Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Efficient, aggressive, and persuasive. Dawn Renken is always knowledgeable about any family law questions I need answered and has handled mutual clients with overlapping family and criminal issues. She is also efficient at working out civil and family law matters because she is able to spot the solution and does not need to drag out the legal battle unless absolutly necessary. Dawn Renken uses plain and simple logic to argue her cases and cases and works towards long term solutions."
Family Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. A skilled litigator, Dawn still manages to keep her focus on the best interests of the children in the cases she is involved in. When you go against her in Court, you had better be prepared but her approach is always reasonable and based on the law."
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