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Dan R Dodds

Family Attorney at Surprise, AZ

4.7   40 reviews
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  • State Years
    Arizona - AZ 17 years
    Oregon - OR 8 years
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2016
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Dan

Learn Dan’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Family
    65%
    Divorce, Child Custody & Modifications, Prenuptial Agreements

  2. Estate planning
    30%

  3. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    5%

AGGRESSIVE REPRESENTATION COMMITTED TO PROTECTING YOUR RIGHTS. CALL US AT 623-552-6224

At the Dodds Law Firm, we provide comprehensive representation to citizens and small businesses throughout Maricopa County who are considering filing a personal or small business bankruptcy filing. We at the Dodds Law Firm believe that all people are entitled to the benefits and protections afforded by state and federal laws, including the bankruptcy statutes.

Awards

Client's Choice 2019,2014,2013,2012
Client's Choice
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Location

The Dodds Law Firm, PLC

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  40 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by Greg | November 13, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Very Professional Law Office
From my first phone consultation with Jessica to my meeting with Dan and all of his staff, everything that was expected was done in a very professional manner. I ended up hiring the firm and they never let me down. If I ever have the need for an attorney again, I will go back to the Dodds Law Firm.
Posted by Angela | August 29, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Exemplary Coordinator
I recommend this firm for its Client Coordinator, Jessica. Having known her for 17 years, I can attest that she is an exemplary individual providing to this firm, among many other high quality traits, devotion. In bringing this to attention, I’m sure this has been witnessed in her work as well. I have no reservations that she has taken the same devotion she has shown throughout our long standing friendship and transposed this into her current role, which she takes much pride in, to support, diligently work, provide guidance and care for her clients to the best of her abilities, and for her employer. I imagine she will continue on with this honorable trait as it is engrained within her. She will show the same loyalty as that of a long standing friend.
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Posted by Katie Reed | October 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Law Office!!
Hello! I reached out to this firm approximately 9 months ago desperate for some legal help. My heart ached so deeply. I carried a great deal of sadness and anger in my heart over a family law case with children. 9 months of legal matters, attorneys fees, and emotional stress seems awful but I was very fortunate to experience something very different! After a thorough consult, I was assigned one of the greatest attorneys. Tejay Coons was my attorney for the past 9 months. In 9 months this very kind but incredibly professional man took me under his wing, listened, and reacted with precision and dedication. Tejay took care of business and executed this case with such integrity. He was calm and collected, well spoken, incredibly intelligent, and absolutely impressive with his wealth of knowledge that he put to use. He stayed focus, professional, got the job done, but he always was able to calm me and comfort my heart as I was riding waves of emotions in those 9 months. I believed in Tejay and truly trusted him. He was confident in his decisions and strategy I believe . He disclosed his intent, his strategy, and I always new what was going on. I NEVER felt I was in the dark. He responded quickly to emails and phone calls. No matter how frustrating, annoying, or emotional the case became he was effective and had a way about him that gave me hope that no matter what the outcome was all would be ok. Tejay has an enormous heart ! Today my case has come to an end.. The Dodds Paralegal , Tanya Balkcom came to my office today to drop off the last bit of documents that I was going to be receiving from this law office.. I don't typically show such tears but the flow began. I expressed a Thank you from the bottom of my heart. They are a delightful office that I actually enjoyed visiting. They treat you like family. My heart is so over-joyed. Im so HAPPY . Also a big Thank you to Linda Winschel at the front Desk who made my every phone call into the law office a memorable one. She is so kind and so friendly. Thank you to Clorinda Dodds and Dan Dodds for being so supportive, kind, and thoughtful . Thank you Tanya for being such a delight each moment I spoke to you. Gosh I hope I never need another attorney but if I do I will absolutely choose this firm again. Any family Law issues please visit with Tejay Coon, He will do his best, I know It!!!! I will be back for Wills and Trusts Now!!! The best law firm EVER!!! Katie
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Posted by Patrice Basham | September 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney.
Mr. Dodds was very professional. He explained the pros and cons of moving forward very clearly, and he explained the applicable law in detail. Mr. Dodds is a great communicator, and I was happy with his case status updates. It was a pleasure working with him, and the people in his office. I am very happy with his representation, and I would definitely hire him again.
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Posted by Blaine | July 20, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Caring Attorney
I’ve consulted with Dan many times in the last few months and I’ve been impressed with the amount he really deeply cares what happens. I’d recommend him highly.
Posted by L D | June 25, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent
Excellent, Great attention to case details and client needs. I would highly recommend Mr. Dodds to handle your legal needs. Staff is professional and courteous.
Posted by Richard James | June 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An excellent attorney
Working with Dan Dodd’s I have found he always goes above and beyond what is required to get the job done, he’s never late (which is important to me), and he’s a man of integrity. The best compliment I can give is that I trust him. If you’re considering an attorney, Dan should be at the top of your list.
Posted by MICHELE | February 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
CLIENT MICHELE SLADE
I RECENTLY RETAINED THE DODDS LAW FIRM TO REPRESENT ME IN AN ESTATE DISPUTE THAT AROSE WHEN ONE OF MY DECEASED FATHER'S TWO COTRUSTESS MISAPPROPIATED OVER $70,000 OF MY FATHER'S TRUST FUND FOR HER PERSONAL GAIN. IT WAS A HIGHLY CONTENTIOUS CASE BUT DR. DODDS PREVAILED IN RECOVERING EVERY DIME THIS WOMEN MISAPPROPRIATED FROM MY FATHERS TRUST. IN ADDITION, HE EFFECTIVELY PRESENTED EVIDENCE THAT CONVINCED THE COURT TO REMOVE HER AS COTRUSTEE OF MY FATHER'S TRUST SO SHE COULD NOT SIMPLY CONTINUE ENGAGING IN HER ACTS OF BAD BEHAVIOR. OF ALL THE ATTORNEYS I HAVE EMPLOYED OVER THE YEARS TO REPRESENT MY NUMEROUS BUSINESS INTERESTS, DR. DODDS WAS, WITHOUT A DOUBT, NOT ONLY THE BEST PREPARED AND EFFECTIVE ATTORNEY I HAVE EVER RETAINED, BUT HIS COURTROOM LITIGATION SKILLS IN THE COURTROOM WERE SIMPLY AMAZING! I WHOLE HEARTEDLY RECOMMEND DR. DODDS TO ANYONE WHO WANTS A FIRST CLASS ATTORNEY IN THEIR CORNER WHEN THEY FIND THEMSELVES IN A COURTROOM SEEKING JUSTICE.
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Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wow! What a great team
My attorney was Joshua. He went above and beyond for me and reached a settlement, with everything I wanted and more. He came into my case towards the middle and truly was the greatest. He wasn't afraid to take my case to court if necessary, but was willing to attempt a settlement for my family law case. Could not ask for a better attorney. If you need an honest, professional, and experienced family law attorney go to this firm and ask for Joshua!
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Posted by Eric | February 26, 2015
HANDS DOWN THE BEST ATTORNEY IN AZ!
MEN / GUYS OF ARIZONA!!! LISTEN UP!!!!! I am a single 38 year old father who has had major problems getting any rights to my kids because mom has had Sole Legal custody for many years now. She would not be fair about anything when it came to me spending time with my 2 boys so therefore I had to find a law firm that I felt I could trust and a law firm who I felt would not just be out to get my money but to be there for me and my kids. Someone to protect our rights and believe me I am so glad I had found THE DODDS LAW FIRM. My battle with my ex has been going on for over 4 years now. I have been in and out of court over 16 times now battling my ex with different lawyers, tons of money lost and lots of heart break!!! Nothing was getting done in my favor in the past with my other lawyers so I thought for sure the Arizona court systems were just geared for moms only until I found Dr. Dan Dodds. He and his professional legal team went above and beyond to make me and my two boys feel like family members of their own. Today 2/26/2015 was my court date and Mr. Dodds got me everything that I had asked for without having to take it to trial and make it to where I had to spend more money than was necessary unlike other counsel I have had in the past. Over all I am exhilarated and overwhelmed at the outcome Dan produced for me and my kids and I am at a loss for words to say just how grateful I really am. If you decide to hire this firm you will not be disappointed. Guaranteed! Forever grateful….
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Posted by Sherrie | December 24, 2014
Caring Law Firm
Shannon, I sincerely thank you for talking with me yesterday and for your caring attitude. My conversations with you and Attorney Dan Dodds have reinforced my belief you are a firm that can and will support my granddaughter during this difficult time.
Posted by Marshall | December 23, 2014
Ethical Litigation Attorney
Thank you for the services which you performed with regard to our law suit. You and your staff have been very professional and have made us feel comfortable during the period of litigation. We could not have retained a more knowledgeable, ethical and competent firm. Please offer our thanks to all of your staff, and be assured that we have, and will continue to recommend your firm to anyone who might require legal assistance.
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Posted by James | December 22, 2014
Very Pleasant to work with.....
It has been a very pleasant experience and has been a thorough job with no problems. I will not hesitate to recommend the Dodds Law Firm to handle their bankruptcy case.
Posted by anonymous | December 22, 2014
Great Bankruptcy Attorney and Staff!
Attorney Dan Dodds and his entire office made the experience of filing bankruptcy extremely easy. They all worked very hard to walk us through each step and keeping us informed along the way. We would recommend them to anyone that is even considering bankruptcy.
Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2014
Great Family Law Attorney!
The Dodds Law Firm completely satisfied my legal proceedings. I received professional, clear and timely service in all the areas my case demanded. I have already given a friend their card for their legal proceedings because of the excellent service I received. Thank you Dodds Law Firm.
Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2013
Thank you so much!
Thank you for everything you have done for me. I truly feel that I wouldn’t have done it without you! I really truly appreciate all of your help!
Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2013
Bankruptcy
Amazing lawyer & staff! We already had a hard time because we were filing for bankruptcy. It is kind of embarrassing and we felt uneasy. Dr. Dodds and his wonderful staff…that’s all family mind you…were amazing! They treated us with the upmost respect and talked to us like real human beings! They didn’t treat us any differently just because we were going through a tough time in our lives. They made it so much easier for us and we appreciate all they did! We will and already have recommended the Dodds Law Firm to many others. If you are looking for a great attorney who has personable and caring paralegal and staff then look no further! They were awesome! Thank you so much for making this difficult time in our lives so much easier and stress free! Oh…and the price is right too! They say you get what you pay for… and that is so true! Thanks again Dodds Law!
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Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2013
Excellent!
February 15, 2013 The Dodds Law Firm with Dan and his staff provided excellent and knowledgeable information with my bankruptcy case. “No stones were left unturned”, even after my case closed, they were always there for me, taking all the stress out of the process.
Posted by Molly | January 8, 2013
EXCELLENT Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Attorney!!
Thank you again for all your help. We take such comfort in knowing that we have you to refer to when things come up about the bankruptcy! We have told many about you and Mrs. Dodds and how wonderful you have been throughout this process. Many blessings to you and the family!
Posted by Snelja | January 8, 2013
Kind and Informative!!!!
Dodds Law Firm was kind and informative about getting us information for all of our questions. When you are sinking in a pool of bills, the questions and feelings are overwhelming. When you call the office, the voice on the other end is so nice. They always reassure you. Thank you for helping us in this time of need.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-325 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Dodds Law Firm, PLC
  • 2006 - 2015
  • Senior Management Consultant
  • Zampi, Determan & Erickson
  • 2000 - 2004

Education

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • University of Oregon
  • PhD - Doctorate
  • 1990
  • University of Oregon
  • MA - Masters
  • 1977
  • Oregon State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1970
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Associations

  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2020
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2020
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2020
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2020
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Tied for 1st Place National ADR Championship
  • American Bar Association
  • 2006

Publications

  • Author2Market.com
  • The 9 Myths of Estate Planning
  • 2019
  • Author2Market.com
  • Serious Debt Issues Only Get Worse Over Time
  • 2019
  • Author2Market.com
  • Clarity About How To Protect Yourself & Your Children
  • 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • Dysart School District
  • American Juris Prudence and Its Effect on Your Legal Rights
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (18)
Endorse Dan
Litigation Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Dan is a great listener and adviser. He has a great ability to stay focused on the goal and ignore distractions. Highly recommended."
Family Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have found Dan Dodds to be studious, attentive to detail, knowledgeable, and focused on accomplishment of the objective in matters that he represents."
Family Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a fellow attorney practicing in Arizona, it is difficult to find referral partners that offer the experience and practice law the way you would do it yourself. Dan and his team go out of their way to identify with client issues and find creative solutions to help them out. Many firms take short cuts... I don't even think Dan understands the word "shortcut." He does what is needed to best service his clients."
Family Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've had the privilege of getting to know Dan through a professional group to which we both belong. It's apparent to me that he cares about his clients and the legal profession generally. He gives generously of his time and knowledge without being asked. A consummate gentleman."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Friend
"Attorney Dodds is a highly skilled bankruptcy lawyer who provides great financial relief and peace to his clients."
Family Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Highly recommended. I am a Houston area divorce attorney I have known Dan for some time. Bryan is a skilled and well respected attorney in his legal community. I am very impressed with how professional and knowledgeable he is . If you wish to retain a knowledgeable 5-star attorney who is capable of effectively representing your legal interest, then you need look no further. I would gladly recommend Dan to my clients or anyone wrestling with family law or Estate issues in Arizona."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dan Dodds is a well respected attorney with many years of experience. He is a wealth of knowledge in his practice area."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dan is an amazing and well respected attorney in the community. He is very professional, caring and dedicated to achieving the goals of his clients. If you want to retain a knowledgeable 5-star attorney who is capable of effectively representing your legal interest, then please call him. You will be happy you did! I definitely endorse Dan R. Dodds!"
Unknown Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for being an advocate for clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Dan Dodds is ethical and truly a good man. His reputation within the legal community affords his clients the opportunity to know they have one of the best attorneys in Arizona. He is kind and truly cares about the outcome of each of his cases. Dan and his entire team take the position that “If it’s important to you…it’s important to them.” Know that you have the best with this firm!"
Family Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've had the pleasure of knowing Dan Dodds for several years; and more recently I have had the opportunity to work with him as opposing counsel. Dan is always professional, courteous, and takes the time needed to facilitate resolution. It is very evident that Dan cares about his clients and the outcome of each matter. Dan's knowledge in his fields of practice is unparalleled and he is always eager to share his knowledge with me, as a newer attorney (of course, not for matters that we are working as opposing counsel). Dan's staff is also amazing! I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Dan Dodds. I have worked with Dan on family law issues and it has always been a pleasure. Dan is extremely professional and diligent in representing his clients while fairly representing the issues to the Court. I have no reservations in my endorsement of Dan Dodds."
Family Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Dan is an amazing lawyer and person. He aggressively advocates for his clients and always puts their interests first. I have been on the opposing side of Dan several times. I find him extremely knowledge in the law. Moreover, Dan is amazing to work with. I highly recommend Dan."
General practice Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Dan Dodds. I have had the privilege of working with Dan on a range of issues. He is highly professional and extremely knowledgable. Beyond these qualities that you look for in a lawyer, he also has the qualities that you would look for in a person in general. He is fair, honest, a good listener, punctual and courteous. I fully endorse Dan and highly recommend his practice."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Dan is very smart, personable and resourceful"
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Dan at a recent seminar. After speaking with him, it was obvious he cares a great deal about his clients and conducting his practice with the utmost professionalism. He is also clearly knowledgeable about bankruptcy, whether it's current issues facing the law, or simply understanding and applying the law itself. I would recommend Dan to potential clients."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Other
"I met Dan Dodds over a MCLE seminar. We talked extensively about some current issues in bankruptcy law. I find that he has a very good knowledge on the current issue of bankruptcy law. More importantly he conducts himself with the upmost professionalism and is easy to talk to, which I know clients will find helpful. I believe he is an asset to the Arizona Bar."
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