Comprehensive, thoughtful guidance for your family law issues, focusing on your goals and budget.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Specialist, Family Law Since 2008||State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization||2008|
|Pro Bono Service||Contra Costa County Bar Association||2003|
|Certificate of Appreciation||STAND||2001|
|Cert. of Specialization w/ Distinction Public Interest Law||Golden Gate University School of Law||2000|
|Am Jur, Trial Advocacy||Golden Gate University School of Law||1999|
|Volunteer Appreciation (multiple years)||Superior Court of Contra Costa County||N/A|
|Associate||Whiting, Fallon & Ross||2002 - 2004|
|Intern, Associate Attorney||Law Office of Marcia Lassiter||1999 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Santa Cruz County Bar Association||Member||2014 - Present|
|Contra Costa County Bar Association||Editor, Contra Costa Lawyer||2012 - 2012|
|Contra Costa County Bar Association||Board of Directors, Director||2008 - 2012|
|Contra Costa County Bar Association||Family Law Section Board of Directors, Director||2005 - 2010|
|American Inns of Court, Robert G. McGrath||Member||2000 - 2012|
|Times Publishing Group||Is Divorce Mediation Right for You?||2014|
|Golden Gate University, School of Law||law||JD - Juris Doctor||2000|
|University of California, Berkeley||N/A||BA||1994|
|2012 MCLE Spectacular||Social Media, A Lawyer’s Guide||2012|
Posted by Jody
Ms Santos represented me in a grueling, hostile divorce proceeding. She always represented my interests in a reasonable, calm and intelligent way, and helped me attain perspective as well.. She completely outmatched and outclassed my husband's arrogant and bellicose attorney; knew what the judge would find reasonable and appropriate , and won my case handily. In the years after she neatly dealt with his nuisance suit trying to stop alimony.
Posted by Melissa
I retained Ms. Santos for both my Legal Separation (in 2009) and Divorce (early 2012). She worked with me on a timeline that made me comfortable and she never let anything fall through the cracks, always keeping me informed of what was coming next. I had interviewed several divorce attorneys before she was recommended to me. I chose her because she did not flinch when I told her my separation and divorce would be amicable and my ex would not fight me on anything. The other attorneys I had talked to basically rolled their eyes and wanted to start from an aggressive position. I did not want that. Dana understood, although she was very clear that if there came a point when I wanted to change tactics we would change tactics. She trusted me to know my ex and how to navigate that situation and I trusted her he ensure that everything was fair and legal.
Would I recommend Dana? Not only would I, but I already have, several times. As I type this she is meeting with and being retained by a colleague who has received horrible legal advice previously and tried to handle her divorce on her own. When she asked me what to do, I said..."You need to talk to my divorce attorney, Dana Santos. She is the best."
And she is.
I recommend Dana as an expert in any area of family law. I am lucky I was referred to her. There was no one better to have my back during that horrible time in my life.
Erin Levine, Divorce and separation Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Dana is well respected among her colleagues and there's good reason for it. She's kind, smart, thoughtful, knowledgeable and an excellent advocate. Whether representing adults or kids, she's an attorney I endorse.
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