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Danielle Hawkes

Divorce and separation Attorney at Salt Lake City, UT

5.0   46 reviews

also known as Dani Hawkes


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About Danielle

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Danielle is the owner of Hawkes Family Law, a litigation firm focused only on family law issues. Danielle received her law degree in 2010 from the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law. She serves on the Family Law Executive Committee for the Utah State Bar (in leadership positions, including Chair Person, 2019-2022). She also serves in leadership for the Lawyers Helping Lawyers committee for the Utath State Bar. 

Danielle frequently speaks regarding family law in Utah as well as LGBT rights and legal strategies. In 2021-22, Danielle developed and advocated for an inaugural year-long series of family law education sessions for judges around the state. Once approved, she created a sub-committee of the Family Law Executive Committee and led that committee through the full implementation of the series. In 2015 she spoke in front of approximately 200 Utah judges giving a legal update on LGBT issues at the Utah Judicial Institute. She was asked to return and give a similar talk to the Utah Justice Court Judges at their conference in 2017 and then again for the judges in 2020. In 2021, she gave a diversity presentation to all of the Family Law Commissioners at their annual retreat. She has given similar presentations for several other family law groups in the state. She has ranked as a top 10 under 40 in Utah by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. She has also been named to Utah's Legal Elite by Utah Business Magazine as well as a Mountain States Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine for several years. Danielle has served on the board of the Family Law Executive Committee, at the Utah State Bar, including sitting as secretary, vice-chair, and chair for one (1) year each. She also serves on the board of Lawyers Helping Lawyers at the Utah State Bar. Danielle served a six (6) year term on the Board of Directors for the ACLU of Utah, which included one year as vice-chair and two years as the chair of the Board.

After graduating from law school Danielle served a one-year fellowship in Washington DC with Georgetown Law and the Law Students for Reproductive Justice working in women’s and immigrants’ rights with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

During law school, Danielle was a staff member of the S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Journal of Law and Family Studies where she published two notes. The first, Locking up Children: Lessons from the T. Don Hutto Family Detention Center, explores the emerging trend of detaining immigrant families, including very young children, in private for profit detention facilities. The second, Elective Surgery: When Parental and Medical Opinion Supersedes a Child’s Right to Choose, discusses discretionary medical procedures for children including hysterectomies for physically disabled children, cosmetic surgery for children with Down’s syndrome, cochlear implants, reparative therapy, and psycho-altering drugs. In addition, she competed in the Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition where she won two best oralist awards.

Danielle served as the student coordinator for the Guadalupe Legal Clinic, a low income legal clinic, and was a co-founder of Rainbow Law, a free legal clinic focusing on LGBT law in Salt Lake City, and as the president of OutLaws, S.J. Quinney’s queer student group. She also served as a legal intern at the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah (ACLU of Utah) and worked as a law clerk for Strindberg & Scholnick, LLC, an employment discrimination law firm.

Upon graduation from law school, Danielle received the Outstanding Law Graduate of the S.J. Quinney College of Law Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers and a runner up award from the National LGBT Bar Association. Before attending law school Danielle lived in São Paulo, Brazil for one year as a Rotary exchange student, served as an intern at the Brazilian embassy in Washington, D.C., and worked as a senior business analyst in the insurance industry.

Licensed for 11 years
State UT
Status Active
Acquired 2011
Updated 01/07/2023

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

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Hawkes Family Law
261 East 300 South
200
Salt Lake City, UT, 84111

Reviews

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Posted by Danielle | January 23, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce / Custody
It was a pleasure to work with Danielle Hawkes as my Attorney. She was able to make this life transition as pleasant as possible. I loved how thorough she was with my case and how hard she fought for myself and my children. In the end I was happy with the end results of my case!! As our correspondent’s end I know in the future if I ever need anything, Danielle and Lexie will be there to help in anyway they can. Lexie was also a big part and I appreciate all her attention to my case. Danielle and Lexie were always there if needed any reassurance or assistance with my case. Excellent Attorney!!!
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Posted by Dani | December 11, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgable, Compassionate, and Efficient
Dani and Lexi were amazing to work with! They helped my divorce and custody case progress forward in an efficient manner. They were both very professional, knowledgable about the process and the steps needed to achieve the best possible outcome, and were very timely in all communications and proceedings. Dani was also compassionate and supportive in helping me through this very difficult process. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a Family Law attorney and will definitely hire her again should the need arise.
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Posted by Alli | November 10, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer!
Danielle was wonderful to work with! She made the divorce process so easy and quick.
Posted by Chandra | October 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Smart!!
Dani and Lexi were nothing less than reliable, prompt and professional. Dani educated me on how to make my case go as smooth as possible and guided me to achieve the best possible outcome. I am so grateful that a dear friend of mine referred me. I highly recommend Dani!!
Posted by Ryan | September 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An immensely talented attorney
I had a good friend give me a strong recommendation to use Danielle. After dealing with an attorney that didn't seem to care about my case and had some questionable billing practices, I did exactly that. I really wish I had gone to her in the first place. I'm not the type of guy that likes to communicate over email. I like speaking directly to whomever I'm working with. Danielle catered to that method. I had my first meeting with Danielle over Zoom. I told her my story, she asked questions and directed the interview well. Within in a hour she sent me a typed overview that was so concise and accurate, my jaw dropped. I figured I would be paying large sums of money to get this sort of talent on my side. Though Danielle's retainer fee was higher than my initial attorney, the overall cost was much lower because she was quick and her billing practices were fair. While my previous attorney billed me 250 an hour for any sort of work, including paralegal work, Danielle charged me half that rate when done by her paralegal, Lexie, who was also amazing to work with. My case worked out really well and my relationship actually improved with my ex because Danielle read the case well and took a diplomatic approach, she's an excellent negotiator. Overall this was the best experience I've had with any professional in any field. I Strongly recommend Danielle Hawkes Law Firm
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Posted by Chandler | May 27, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing attorney!
I highly recommend Danielle Hawkes! I was in distress when I found Dani and she quickly helped me feel comfortable. It was clear from the start that Dani was an experienced professional that knew exactly what I needed. I appreciated her honesty and straight forwardness. She was always easy to reach and kept me in the loop at all times. She put my best interests first and truly cared about me and my case. I recommend Dani and her team to anyone looking for a professional that that isn't afraid to fight for her clients. Great experience!
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Posted by Justin | March 28, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, knowledgeable and efficient.
Here's the short version: Dani is highly efficient with her time (and yours), she is very knowledgeable and she'll follow your lead on how you want to approach the case. I am very pleased with her services and would hire her again in a heartbeat. Hopefully I don't need to though. Thank you!
Posted by Kathy | February 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hiring Dani
After well over 30 years of marriage, I received divorce papers, I was devastated, I probably always will be. My husband hired the best firm out of Provo. I knew we were going to have a battle, I hired Dani, This woman is a AMAZING, I Was nervous I didn’t know her, and I was trying to wrap my head around my situation. She is blunt and strait forward, When you’re in a battle for the rest of your life… Dani is who you need in your corner. She got me more than I ever thought I would. No one wins in a divorce, but if their was a winner it would be Dani. She challenges argues and knows the laws. Dani thank you for defending me.
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Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Best experience!
Dani gave me the best experience possible of a completely unpleasant situation. Not only is she extremely knowledgeable, she's to-the-point, efficient using her time (read: saves you money) and ensures you get the best outcome possible. She was so realistic with my situation and set my expectations for how divorce works from day 1.
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Posted by Taylor | October 21, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Contract review
Danielle was direct, helpful, and explained my contracts and liabilities in detail. I felt informed and supported - and our time together was efficient.
Posted by Matt | September 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional
Dani is a terrific lawyer. She listened to what was important to me and represented my interests at all times. She handled difficult and emotional situations in a calm and reassuring manner. She was prompt in all communication and worked hard to resolve my case as quickly as possible. Most importantly, though, Dani was sensitive not only to my needs, but pointed out issues and things that I needed to consider with my kids moving forward. She was really good at seeing the "big picture" of what I needed after everything was resolved. Divorce isn't fun, and it was definitely harder and took longer than I expected. But having Dani in my corner throughout the process was very reassuring. I wouldn't hesitate to use Dani again if I ever need help, and would absolutely recommend her to anyone who needs help from a family law attorney. Dani truly is exceptional.
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Posted by Amber | June 2, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing
Dani and her team made this such a smooth process. I couldn’t be happier! I am so glad I found them! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Posted by Jen | May 18, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Very good to work with!
Well I never thought I would be leaving a review for a divorce attorney, I felt compelled to do so now that my case is complete. Dani was so helpful in planning the steps from the beginning, helping me understand the process, filling out the paperwork, and very supportive in helping my now-ex to understand his options. Even though it was the right decision, it wasn’t an easy decision. Danny was empathetic and help me drill into the facts and be objective.
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Posted by Bryant | April 27, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Dani
Dani was hands down amazing and exceeded my expectations. Child custody is a big thing and she treated my case like she was fighting for her own child. She’s stern and straight forward which I like and will fight for whatever you ask and in my case she did more then I could ask. If I ever had to go threw it again there’s no one else I would even consider!
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Posted by Vaimaila | March 25, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Professional
Danielle was very transparent throughout the whole process. She made sure we understood every scenario before a choice was made. She’s so professional and very patient. She is compassionate but direct. Definitely the best choice we made was hiring Danielle to represent us.
Posted by Kris | April 12, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
Danielle was recommended to me as someone who was low key and easy to work with. 100% true. I used her for my divorce and she could not have been easier to talk to and worked with me to get what I wanted, an easy, quick divorce. Would recommend her to anyone! Thanks Danielle!
Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tardy in my review, but I owe it to her. One in a million.
It has been three years since I worked with Danielle. I should have written a review then. I owe it to Danielle to rectify this, having just referred someone to her. Danielle took an absolute mess created by other, less ethical (and far more "name-brand") law firms in the area and worked tooth and nail, with endless energy, above and beyond the call of duty, to help all sides to arrive at sanity and fairness. She was generous in her restraint when billing, all, while maintaining an impeccably stable, reassuring, personable, yet professional demeanor throughout. Danielle's ethical compass and stamina are unmatched. She navigates impossible situations of internecine warfare with attention, care, and integrity. I will be forever in her debt. Beyond that, upon reflection I have come more and more to admire her as a professional as time has passed. Danielle is the real deal. Call her.
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Posted by Michelle | August 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
She is amazing
Danielle is amazing and worked hard for my case. She put in a lot of work to get the results we felt were fair. I highly recommend her
Posted by S. | March 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you, Dani!!!
Under the very best circumstances divorce is hard. Thank you Dani for making this as easy as it could be on me and protecting my interests along the way. You are amazing and my #1.
Posted by Joseph | December 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Domstic partnership/divorce
Divorce is incredibly stressful, right up there with the death of a loved one, losing a job, a home foreclosure or bankruptcy. If divorce is your last or best option, in my humble opinion, there is no better attorney to have in your corner than Danielle Hawkes. She is meticulous, experienced, knowledgeable, and empathetic. Her co-council, Justin Hamady is also amazing. Thank you again...I can breath again.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Hawkes Family Law
  • 2011 - Present
  • Founding Partner
  • The Salt Lake Lawyers
  • 2013 - 2018
  • Lawyer
  • National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Law Clerk
  • Strindberg & Scholnick, LLC
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Legal Intern
  • Salt Lake City Prosecutor's Office
  • 2009 - 2010
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Education

  • University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of Utah
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Associations

  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Utah State Bar
  • Wellness Committee Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Utah State Bar
  • Family Law Executive Committee Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Lawyers Helping Lawyers
  • Secretary, Vice Chair, Chair
  • 2020 - 2023
  • ACLU of Utah
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - 2020
  • Aldon J. Anderson American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2018
  • Stonewall Democrats
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - 2013
  • American Military Partner Association
  • National Advisory Board Member
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Equality Utah
  • Legal Panel Member
  • 2008 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • Portuguese
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Utah Legal Elite
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • 2022
  • Salt City Best Silver Medal in Family Law Attorney Category
  • Salt Lake Tribune
  • 2022
  • Salt City Best Gold Medal in Family Law Attorney Category
  • Salt Lake Tribune Salt City Best
  • 2021
  • Mountain States Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Mountain States Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • 2018 Mountain States Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • 2017 Mountain States Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Utah Legal Elite
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • 2016
  • 2016 Mountain States Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Named Best Lawyer - Salt Lake
  • Q Magazine
  • 2014
  • Georgetown Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship
  • Georgetown Law School and LSRJ
  • 2010
  • Outstanding Law Graduate of U of U SJQ College of Law
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Student Leadership Award - Runner Up
  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • 2010
  • 2 x Leadership Initiative Monetary Award Recipient
  • University of Utah SJQ College of Law
  • 2009
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Salt Lake County Bar Association
  • 2009
  • Service Scholarship Recipient
  • Utah Minority Bar Association
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Utah State Bar, Fall Forum
  • Commissioners Panel (Organizer and Moderator)
  • 2022
  • Judge's Brown Bag
  • Day in the Life of a Family Law Practioner
  • 2022
  • Judge's Seminar
  • Special Masters (Organizer and Moderator)
  • 2022
  • Lawyers Monthly CLE
  • Rule 101
  • 2022
  • Commissioner Clerk Panel
  • Commissioner Clerk Panel (Organizer)
  • 2022
  • Utah Association of Justice
  • Lawyers Helping Lawyers Panel
  • 2022
  • Sandy Dolowitz Utah AAML Seminar
  • Panel Discussion on Diversity (Panelist)
  • 2022
  • Annual Judge's Conference
  • Family Law Question and Answer Session
  • 2022
  • Annual Family Law Seminar
  • Case Law Update
  • 2020
  • Justice Court Annual Conference
  • LGBT Legal Update
  • 2020
  • Therapeutic Remedies in Family Law
  • Family Law CLE
  • 2019
  • Ongoing Therapist Training
  • Subpoenas for Therapists
  • 2019
  • Annual Family Law Seminar
  • Alimony: Navigating the Evolving Landscape
  • 2019
  • Justice Court Employee Presenation
  • Transgender People and the Law
  • 2019
  • Federal Court Employee Presentation
  • Transgender People and the Law
  • 2019
  • Fall Forum
  • Using Rule 4-904 and Informal Trials Effectively
  • 2019
  • L3 Employee Update
  • Transgender People and the Law
  • 2019
  • Utah Psychological Association Seminar
  • Custody Evaluations
  • 2019
  • Mediation Brown Bag
  • Special Considerations in Domestic Violence Mediation
  • 2018
  • Fall Forum
  • The Soul of a Lawyer
  • 2018
  • Domestic Violence Community Discussion
  • Domestic Violence Legal Update
  • 2018
  • Family Law Bar Section CLE
  • Alimony and Child Support: Tips and Tricks
  • 2018
  • Justice Court Judges' Spring Conference
  • LGBT Legal Update
  • 2017
  • Community Discussion Group
  • The 14th Amendment
  • 2017
  • National ACLU Leadership Conference
  • Building a Leadership Program
  • 2017
  • Legal Clinic Training
  • Trans Legal Update for Practitioners
  • 2016
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Family Law Legal Update
  • 2016
  • Screening and Panel Discussion
  • The Future of TRAP Laws - Panelist
  • 2016
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference
  • Mediating with LGBT Clients
  • 2016
  • Utah Judicial Institute
  • LGBTQ Legal Update
  • 2015
  • Utah State Bar Fall Forum
  • LGBT Law Update
  • 2015
  • Known Your Rights Panel
  • Family Law - Know Your Rights Panel
  • 2014
  • BYU Local Government Annual Conference
  • LGBT Law
  • 2014
  • Panelist
  • Rights of Transgender People
  • 2014
  • BYU Presentation - Educating Law Students on LGBT Law
  • LGBT Law
  • 2013
  • Know Your Rights Seminars
  • Know Your Rights
  • 2013
  • Solo Firm Practice
  • Starting a Solo Practice
  • 2013
  • Utah State Bar, Young Lawyers Section
  • Mentoring Marathon
  • 2013
  • Law for Transgender Individuals
  • Law for Transgender Individuals
  • 2013
  • Women's Rights Panel
  • Women's Rights Panel
  • 2013
  • BYU Local Government Annual Conference
  • LGBT Law
  • 2013
  • Monthly CLE Lunch
  • LGBT Employment CLE
  • 2013
  • Genderevolution
  • Legal Name and Gender/Sex Change
  • 2012
  • Civil Liberties and Public Policy Annual Conference
  • Progressive Visions for Immigrant Rights
  • 2011
  • Embedded Bodies: Reproductive Justice in Social Context
  • Embedded Bodies: The Latina Perspective
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (16)
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Family Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dani is an expert in family law. She not only uses her knowledge to represent her clients; she is generous in sharing her knowledge with other attorneys. She is a shining example of striving for personal excellence, while encouraging and elevating your peers."
Family Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I consider Dani a subject matter expert in family law. Her knowledge and experience informs her when to fight and when to settle. I have always found her to be the consummate professional. I have referred prospective clients to her and will continue to do so."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Danielle. Dani is an excellent attorney. She is intelligent, knowledgeable, reasonable, and a zealous advocate for her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse Danielle. Dani is an incredible and knowledgeable attorney, a great mentor, and a wonderful person to be around. She cares about her clients and shows true integrity in her work."
Family Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Dani is a wonderful attorney. She has incredible negotiation skills. I have referred many people to her for family law matters."
Family Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dani is a terrific lawyer. She has great judgment and enjoys a good reputation in the legal community. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"She is a "bulldog with lipstick" in court. A very conscientious lawyer who takes care of her clients."
Family Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Danny has tenacity and wit and she thinks and looks outside the box for solutions. She's a great attorney who really cares for her clients best interests."
Family Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A kind "pit bull!" Knowledgeable and caring-- who will fight tooth and nail for persons and causes she believes in. One who you definitely want in your corner!"
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Danielle is an experienced and well-informed advocate, particularly in the area of employment law. She is passionate about ensuring and workplace equality and just compensation for her clients. She is my go-to person for all employment law issues and I highly recommend her services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Danielle is a very passionate and skilled attorney who fights hard for her clients. There is no "small case" to her, and she approaches everything she does with optimism, enthusiasm and a very professional attitude. These attributes translate into consistently excellent results for her clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Danielle is a dedicated attorney who works hard to get justice for her clients. I have referred friends and clients to her in the past and do so without hesitation. I wholeheartedly endorse her as a lawyer."
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Salt Lake City Divorce and separation Lawyer Danielle Hawkes
Danielle Hawkes
Divorce and separation Attorney
Salt Lake City, UT
Licensed for 11 years