With over 20 years of experience practicing law, Dana Brown brings knowledge and wisdom to every case she handles. Her breadth of experience serves as a platform for the tenacity and attention to detail that produces successful results and satisfied clients. She is recognized as a formidable advocate by police, prosecutors, opposing counsel and court staff.
While starting her legal career on the east coast, Dana began practicing criminal law in the Pacific Northwest in 1994. Her practice areas include adult and juvenile defense of both misdemeanor and felony crimes. Her positive reputation in conjunction with her experience in a wide variety of courts is a potent combination.
Her experience also includes civil court representation for those accused of child abuse or neglect, often referred to as Dependency actions or CPS investigations. Her criminal background is exceptionally beneficial for clients accused of child abuse or neglect in this arena in that she can protect and defend her clients’ constitutional rights and advise and protect her client if there is a contemporaneous criminal investigation, or threat of one. Dana is highly regarded for exceptional outcomes in complex dependencies involving alleged medical neglect or abuse of toddlers and infants.
Dana’s background in drug and alcohol abuse and addiction provides another layer of experience for advancing her client’s interest. As a former member of King County Drug Diversion Court , also acting as attorney supervisor, Dana gained a strong appreciation and understanding of the role drugs and alcohol in accused person’s life. Her broad knowledge of the sentencing alternatives and treatment courts available have made the difference in the outcome for many of her clients.
Dana is also active in the legal community. She is currently a member of the King County Bar Association’s Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee which assists the public by providing ratings for judicial candidates. She was also a member for the Washington State Bar Association Character and Fitness Board which protects the public by ensuring that law students and other applicants are of good moral character and fitness prior to their admission into the practice of law in Washington state. She is also a member of the Washington Defender Association and the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Dana is also a member of the Education Law Association, a national group for those practicing education law and protecting the rights of students in both private and public school whether in K-12, college, or university. In conjunction with her criminal defense practice, Dana represents students alleged to have violated the student conduct code and facing suspension or expulsion. Dana’s knowledge of school law and effective communication skills have proven to be a robust combination in dealing with school administrators. Her ability to contemporaneously handle simultaneous criminal investigations arising out of the same alleged conduct has saved her clients from having to hire two lawyers instead of one.
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Erica Santos, Child custody Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I referred a very good friend to Dana for her CPS/dependency matter. Dana was amazing. She jumped right in and worked very hard with my friend on her case. After about six months of hard work and research Dana was able to prove that CPS completely failed in their investigation. This resulted in the court dismissing the dependency and returning my friend's children to her. I firmly believe that had my friend taken the attorney provided by the court there would have been a different outcome. While those attorneys are good they have so many cases and simply do not have the resources to put into a case like Dana did. Anyone going through a CPS and/or dependency matter needs to have an attorney on their side from the very beginning. Dana would be an amazing choice and advocate.
Jennifer Horwitz, Domestic violence Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
I have known Dana for most of our twenty year careers and recently had the opportunity to work with her on a complex child abuse case. I cannot speak highly enough about Dana as a lawyer and a person. Dana is relentless in the defense of her clients, incredibly detail-oriented, strategic, and a great communicator. She has intellectual firepower and can engage with any medical expert as a peer. Dana is a compassionate person who is not afraid to engage in battle for her clients in and out of court. This is who I would want in my corner if I were charged with a child abuse offense.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certificate of Appreciation||Washington Defender Association||2011|
|Partner||Burke Brown Attorneys, PLLC||2011 - Present|
|Supervising Defense Attorney for the Defense||King County Drug Diversion Court||2007 - 2011|
|Attorney||Associated Counsel For The Accused||1998 - 2011|
|Staff Attorney||Association Of Attorneys For The Accused||1994 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|King County Bar Association, Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee||Committee Member||2014 - Present|
|Education Law Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|Washington Asscoiation of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2000 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Attorney Member||1994 - Present|
|Washington Defender Association||Member||1994 - Present|
|Florida Bar Asociation||Member||1992 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association Character and Fitness Board||Board Member||2007 - 2009|
|St. Thomas University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1991|
|Southern Methodist University||Communications||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1988|
|Restorative Justice Conference||Drug Court||2011|
|Ethics of Effectiveness of Practice in Treatment Courts||Ethics||2010|