Posted by Rebecca
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.
Posted by Colleen
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!
Posted by Rob
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!
Posted by Alan
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.
Posted by Don
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!
Posted by Michele
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.
Posted by Walter
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.
Posted by Lily
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!
Posted by anonymous
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.
Posted by Sarah Rojas
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.