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Danielle K Wakefield

Real estate Attorney at Carlsbad, CA

4.7   31 reviews

also known as Wakefield Law Firm

  • Licensed for 22 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2001
    Active No misconduct found

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About Danielle

Learn Danielle’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    If we learned anything during the pandemic, it would be that we never know what will happen to us. And, more importantly that if we aren't prepared the consequences could be dire for our loved ones and their loved ones. I help plan for that.

    3 years

  2. Real estate
    Homeowners! Is your HOA giving you grief? Or causing you concern? Give me a call! The HOA often has the deep pockets and the expensive lawyers. I am here to HELP YOU. Even if your assessments are behind, we can get you free and clear! I also help with pre-foreclosure, non-judicial foreclosures and post-foreclosure debts. Let's try and save your home at all costs.

    23 years

You can reach me at danielle at wakefield law firm dot com (all one word) and search g00gle for my tel #

I completed my undergraduate education at California State University, Sacramento in 1996.  I completed my post-graduate work at the University of Denver College of Law in 2001 and was licensed to practice law in the State of California in December 2001.  

I am in my 21st year of practice as an attorney, I have developed knowledge in diverse areas of civil litigation including real estate law, community association (HOA) law, business/contract/commercial disputes, and construction law.  My business is primarily centered around HOA work - if your HOA is giving you any grief, give me a call and let's see if I can help you.  My passion is working for homeowners.  

Additionally, I have taken extensive courses on estate planning during the pandemic to help prepare others for the expected and unexpected.  I love planning with clients to meet their specific needs.  Wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, and so much more!

I am also a certified International Tour Guide, a former Colorado Woman's Bar Association Member of the Year (2002), and a Jennifer Robbins Scholarship Recipient. 

I enjoy doing Pro Bono work for the homeless, veterans, trafficking victims and am a fierce animal advocate.  I provide legal aid to indigent members of our community.  I have varied interests outside the law including spending time with my family and furbabies, collecting wine, yoga, boating, traveling, being outdoors and binging my favorite shows.  

I look forward to serving you!


Wakefield Law Firm
7040 Avenida Encinas #104-329
Carlsbad, CA, 92011

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  31 customer reviews
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Posted by Teresa | March 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Changed my situation for the better
My HOA was having problems and our property manager was lying often and withholding financial documents, so I hired Danielle Wakefield for help. She gave me information about my rights as a homeowner, and she fought on my behalf to get straight answers from board members and the property manager. Her expertise changed my situation because she empowered me and let the property manager know that his actions were no longer going to be tolerated. Shortly after I hired Ms. Wakefield, the property manager resigned, and our HOA is running much better. If you are at the point where you are looking for an attorney for a similar matter, I suggest contacting this attorney sooner rather than later.
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Response from Danielle Wakefield March 28, 2022
Thank you for the kind words. I love to hear when our work together changes things for the better! Best of luck going forward!
Posted by Mary | March 6, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Service Review
It is my absolute pleasure to recommend Danielle Wakefield. My daughter and I were deeply involved in two separate but related civil cases. Danielle represented me throughout the lengthy and often tedious process of litigation. She remained positive, always encouraging me to do the same. Her compassionate and caring approach gave me hope and confidence. She was personable, honest and straightforward regarding all aspects of the case. Danielle was ultimately successful in securing the dismissal of my case and preventing any further action against me. For that, I am eternally grateful! Her knowledge, expertise and professionalism set her apart from others in her trade. She is extremely hardworking, highly efficient and presents herself perfectly. Here is a dedicated lawyer who is willing to go the extra mile for you. When all is said and done, she is more than just a great lawyer, she is truly a lovely and gracious lady at heart. You cannot go wrong with Danielle!
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Response from Danielle Wakefield March 28, 2022
It was a pleasure to work with you and your daughter, Mary. Please contact me again if I can ever be of service in the future. Be well.
Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great outcome
Danielle got me the outcome I sought and was great to work with. Her rates were reasonable and I would not hesitate to use her again in the future.
Response from Danielle Wakefield March 28, 2022
Thank you so much for the kind words! I’m happy to help again any time.
Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
A Lawyer for a Lawyer
I am an attorney, and when I needed an attorney to defend me and my family against an unlawful eviction I was incredibly lucky to find Danielle Wakefield! When the home we were leasing was sold in a foreclosure sale, the new owner immediately began a campaign to intimidate us into leaving so he could flip the house. Initially I was able to ignore and deflect the landlord’s many attempts to get rid of us, but when he attempted to cancel our lease and brought a fraudulent unlawful detainer action against us I knew I was in over my head. Landlord-Tenant law is well outside of my practice area, so I started to look for an attorney to represent us. After meeting with a few underwhelming attorneys we started to lose hope, but then we found Danielle! She is an exceptional attorney! She immediately took over the case and exposed the landlord’s lies and wrongdoing to the court—successfully defending our eviction. Since her decisive victory in the erroneous unlawful detainer action, Danielle has represented us in our suit against our landlord to recover the damages incurred as a result of his actions. Over the last two years I am sure that I have gotten on Danielle’s last nerve more than a few times with my constant questions and unsolicited legal theories, but she has remained professional and steadfast throughout the entire process. I cannot recommend Danielle enough. She is a fierce litigator and unwavering advocate for her clients. We could not have found a better lawyer!
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Posted by Lylah | January 12, 2022
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Best Tenant Attorney!!!
Words can’t express how grateful we are to have had Danielle Wakefield as our attorney! Not only is she extremely knowledgeable, precise and organized, but she deeply cares about her clients and gives over 100%. We had a nightmare situation and she came to our rescue. We were renting a house, when without notice, it was sold in a foreclosure. The new owners, a billion dollars company, wanted to flip it right away, so they did everything they could to threaten and scare my husband, four kids and me, us out of our home. We had a 2 year lease already existing, so they didn’t have the right to evict us, but they definitely tried. They threatened us with cash for keys or a lawsuit… told us we’d have an eviction on our records and would never be able to rent again. Then posted a 3-day notice to quite sign, on our front door. Even though we knew we had our rights to stay in our home, we didn’t know how to fight off all the threats. We then endured a water leak, so we contacted the owners to fix it, but instead of doing the right thing, they served us a 7-day notice to leave, followed by an unlawful detainer lawsuit. WHAT? That’s when we found Danielle, and she saved our lives. She took on our case and fought hard for us, for over two years! She immediately made us feel at ease! She made us aware of our rights, walked us through every step and became the voice for us, that we really needed!! She is absolutely AMAZING and we feel so extremely blessed we found her and she agreed to represent us. We will forever be so grateful for Danielle and all her hard work. I would highly recommend her Danielle Wakefield! Not only is she passionate and thorough with a big heart, but she’s a bulldog in the courtroom! She’s simply… THE BEST!
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Posted by Anjelica | January 6, 2022
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The absolute best
Mrs Wakefield worked with me for nearly 2 years on a breach of contract lawsuit. The case was emotionally exhausting. Daielle was thorough, attentive, compassionate and trust worthy. I wouldn’t have wanted any other attorney representing me through this process. I will definitely use her again and urge anyone looking for an attorney to give her a call.
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Response from Danielle Wakefield March 28, 2022
It was an absolute pleasure to work with you. I’m so glad we got a great result!
Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2021
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Legal Dispute
I had a dispute with the San Diego school district for non payment. I reached out to Danielle and explained my issues. She broke down and explained the process very clearly on what it takes to file suite with the school district and the time line. She always keep me informed along the way and was very accessible. Best of all we had a very positive outcome. Danielle is easy to work and talk with. This makes a bad situation easier.
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Response from Danielle Wakefield April 21, 2021
It was a pleasure to help you and your family. Take care!
Posted by Barbara | January 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Job
My husband was in business for himself and had used approximately half a dozen attorneys in his 40+year career. He was skeptical about hiring Danielle but we did and she not only got us what we wanted, she did so in an unprecedented amount of time and she was very reasonably priced! We would use her again in a flash. Thank you Danielle for a job well done! And may God bless you always!
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Response from Danielle Wakefield January 13, 2021
Thank you Barbara. It was a pleasure working with you. Wishing you health and prosperity in 2021!
Posted by Carla | November 1, 2020
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Experienced and Knowledgeable
She helped me through a very difficult mess, understood completely what we were dealing with and came through positively with our case.
Response from Danielle Wakefield November 2, 2020
Thank you Carla. It was a pleasure to work with you. Wishing you the best!
Posted by Rebecca | March 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Perfect combination of HOA law expertise, efficiency and kindness!
Danielle is a wonderful lawyer. Her website drew me to her, because it is clear that she is an expert with HOAs. She graciously gave of her time during my free consultation and her expertise, combined with logical suggestions and kindness made her the perfect choice to handle my case. I interviewed 3 different attorneys and none of them were as responsive or as well versed in HOA law as Danielle. My case was settled quickly and efficiently, because of her help. I recommend her with total confidence.
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Response from Danielle Wakefield March 30, 2020
It was my absolute pleasure to help you. Keep in touch!
Posted by Colleen | January 30, 2020
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You Want Danielle on Your Side
Danielle helped me fight my HOA when they didn’t want to pay for mold remediation work caused by their negligence. I called several attorneys to get opinions and when I spoke to Danielle for the first time I immediately knew she was what I needed. She is fiery, aggressive, and extremely fair - exactly what you need in an attorney. Her response time is always so immediate and she just went above and beyond. Thanks to her, my HOA agreed to completely reimburse me for exactly the amount I asked for, plus, she got them to agree to pay for additional remediation work. I could not have done this without her. I highly recommend working with her - you won’t be disappointed!
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Posted by Rob | November 30, 2019
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Terrific Result!
We live on the US east coast and very fortunate to have found Danielle Wakefield to assist in recovering in excess of $20,000 from a service provider who required pre-payment for services never rendered. Her retainer was very reasonable and she recovered far more than we had believed possible. She refunded more than two-thirds of the unused retainer fee. Amazing!
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Posted by Alan | September 19, 2019
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For an HOA Problem, Hire an HOA Attorney -- Hire Danielle
If you have a legal problem with an HOA in Southern California, you'd be crazy not to consult Danielle. She is a specialist in HOA law, and it is no exaggeration to say that if I'd hired her in the first place, I'd have paid out half of what I ultimately did. It's clear that once I got rid of the original attorney and hired Danielle, the HOA's attorney started treating us with respect, because they know her reputation. Danielle is a no-nonsense, highly efficient attorney. She told me where I stood, and made a quick favorable settlement--exactly as she said she would. She even returned more than 10 percent of the modest retainer she'd asked for. Her overhead is also low, which is reflected in her billing rate. From this case I learned the importance of hiring an attorney who is truly experienced in the area of law you're dealing with. When my then 85-year-old-mother was sued by her HOA for back assessments, piling on the late fees and attorney's fees, I went cheap and set her up with free legal services from a pro-bono law firm. What a mistake! What a disaster! They didn't know HOA law, and they kept this thing going for more than a year with pointless discoveries, racking up the HOA attorney fees. If I had not hired Danielle when I did, god knows how much this would have cost me. I wish I'd know about her in the beginning.
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Response from Danielle Wakefield November 29, 2019
It was a pleasure to help you and your Mother.
Posted by Don | September 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
HOA Expert
Danielle helped me to solve an issue with my HOA. The HOA was restricting the type of flooring that I could put into my CONDO for noise reasons, despite the fact that I submitted full engineering studies that demonstrated noise levels would GO DOWN with my new flooring and soundproofing. I struggled for years with no success in getting approval from the HOA. With one letter from Danielle where she cited case law appropriate for my request; The HOA immediately approved my request. Danielle is the most knowledgeable person I have ever worked with on HOA issues. I would give her a 10 star rating if I could!
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Response from Danielle Wakefield September 16, 2019
Thank you Don. It was a pleasure to help you!
Posted by Michele | September 13, 2018
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EXCEEDED expectations!
Danielle expertly assisted me with a messy contractor dispute (sub-standard workmanship) that I had been unable to resolve on my own. Once I retained her, all it took was a demand letter and it was settled fairly, literally within days. She is very honest and I even got a nice refund from my initial retainer. She also didn’t charge me for my initial phone consultation. Fast, honest, and professional! If I could give more than 5 stars I would.
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Response from Danielle Wakefield September 15, 2018
It was a pleasure to help you. I'm so glad it worked out! Send me pictures of the final project :)
Posted by Walter | June 13, 2018
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Justice Served
I had a situation, being a member of a board of directors of a non profit organization, where they were alleging I was in violation of two things. I presented my information to Danielle and she prepared an opinion letter that I used in my defense. I represented myself in a hearing before the board of directors. I could not have prepared for this hearing without the valuable information contained in her opinion letter. As a result all allegations were dropped. Danielle took my case on short notice and I am extremely pleased with the outcome.
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Response from Danielle Wakefield June 16, 2018
I'm pleased this worked out so well for you. Wishing you the very best!
Posted by Lily | March 7, 2018
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Best service and outcome!
On August of 2017, I was going through a difficult time since my neighbor's dog attacked my dog resulting in an amputation of the right front leg of my beloved dog. I then spoke to my neighbor ( responsible party and who also happens to be an attorney) abut the vet bills pertaining to the dog attack his dog had made; my neighbor then refused to pay or work with me, and I did not know what the next step should be or who to trust. I then happened to meet Danielle Wakefield through Facebook, and who also happens to be a pet lover. I received the best guidance, support and representation. The final outcome was very favorable aside of the situation. I am, and will always be appreciative and blessed that I found an amazing attorney who understood my situation. Thank you! L&N Brisson
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2018
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Homeowner Suing HOA - Could not be happier with Danielle
I'm a homeowner from a condo community of 100 units. I, along with several other homeowners, became concerned over the financial situation in our community. When we asked to see the financial documents of the community, documents that we were legally entitled to see as homeowners, our requests were flatly denied by the board and the management company, and we were met with retaliation from the corrupt board members. Our cars were vandalized (broken windows, keyed, etc), wreaths and decorations were stolen from our doors, and slanderous letters and emails were sent to all the other homeowners. We were harassed with excessive violation letters and fines from rules inequitably applied to only us, and my voting rights were revoked. Danielle helped me file suit against the HOA and the management company. She knew how to "legalese" my complaints and put the pressure on the defendants. When they stalled to supply discovery documents, she took them to court by filing a motion to compel and won; the judge ordered the defense to supply the documents and won a financial judgement for failing to supply the documents. In the end, Danielle's consistent pressure on the defendants and victories in court put us in a great negotiating position to settle. The settlement, paid by the HOA and management company to me, covered all my lawyer/court expenses, covered all repairs necessary from the retaliatory vandalism, and put a little extra cash in my pocket. I can't say enough nice things about Danielle. She's very responsive. She fair and straightforward in her billing. She's also very honest in her advice on how to proceed, which is must appreciative. She spent the time to explain things I didn't understand. And, Danielle clearly understands the law and she fights hard on behalf of the little guy (the homeowner). I'm impressed with her ability to maintain her composure and to fight back against aggressive, disrespectful, and misogynistic male lawyers that try to bully her and her clients. I can't recommend Danielle enough.
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Response from Danielle Wakefield February 13, 2018
It was such a pleasure working with you. I'm thrilled that we got such a good result for you!
Posted by Sarah Rojas | September 28, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing is all I can say
When I met Danielle in Late July of this year I was in a horrible situation with my landlord and had sought to Facebook for help, advice, anything really that I could get that would be of any potential help to me. One day I got a message from a woman (Danielle) telling me she was an attorney and wanted to help me. I met with her the following day and when she arrived at my home to meet with me she was nothing less than professional and understanding. She listened with care and took notes walked thru my home with me as I showed her what I was dealing with ( rat infestation) and to finally hear someone validate me and my family and tell me just how unacceptable the living conditions were really put me at ease. What was even better was when I expresssd that I couldn’t afford an attorney and I explained my situation and simply asked for a payment plan. Danielle was willing to work with me. She not only took my case but offered me a payment plan that would work for me and my family. She has gone above and beyond what any attorney ever has for me. She has been prompt in the return of phone calls and emails. Which is huge. There is nothing more frustrating than an attorney that doesn’t return calls or you struggle to get hold of. Danielle breaks things down to idiot terms so the average person can understand. (I’m a paralegal from CO) and some of the jargon in California is different she was and has been very patient with me the entire time. We haven’t settled the case yet but we are getting close and I just can’t rave about her enough. I absolutely recommend her to everyone in need of a good lawyer who goes above and beyond.
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Response from Danielle Wakefield January 30, 2018
It was a pleasure working with your family Sarah. If you ever need anything again, please contact me.
Posted by Don | July 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Legal Advice!
Danielle Wakefield has been our HOA's legal counsel for the past 2 years and also helped us update our CC&R's. She is extremely thorough, honest, and always does a great job for us. I have complete faith in Danielle and her legal advise, and would HIGHLY recommend her!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-350 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Neuland, Nordberg, Andrews & Whitney
  • 2004 - 2008


  • University of Denver College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996


  • San Diego Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Administration of Justice
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Student Member
  • 1998 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German

Honors and Awards

  • Award of Merit
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • 2000

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
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Litigation Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Danielle Wakefield is an excellent litigator. She zealously advocates for her clients and does not shy away from difficult legal and factual issues. Danielle is compassion and thoughtful, and I truly enjoy working with her. She always considers the impact of litigation on her clients lives and her strategic decisions are informed by compassion. It is my privilege to endorse Danielle Wakefield."
Real estate Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Although new to Avvo it is immediately obvious that the answers of Ms. Wakefield are consistently accurate, analytic, and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Danielle on a number of matters over the last 20 years. I wholeheartedly endorse her."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Wakefield is an exceptional litigation attorney. She provides knowledgeable and aggressive representation for individuals and businesses alike. Ms. Wakefield represents numerous Orange and Los Angeles County businesses including medical professionals, contractors, trucking companies and home owner associations. Further, Ms. Wakefield represents individuals in personal injury related matters. Ms. Wakefield is bright, quick, and very effective."
Business Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Ms. Wakefield is an amazing attorney, not only is she is a pleasure to work with, she is very professional. I've had the pleasure of working with her at two law firms and together we handled hundreds (if not thousands) of cases. She is an excellent teacher and mentor and I highly recommend and endorse her."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Danielle is an excellent attorney. I had the pleasure of working with her in the past. If I personally ever have the need for a civil litigation attorney, I would go to Danielle Wakefield. I endorse this attorney."
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Carlsbad Real estate Lawyer Danielle K Wakefield
Danielle K Wakefield
Real estate Attorney
Carlsbad, CA
Licensed for 22 years
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