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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.


Practice areas


  1. Child Abuse: 50%
    4 years
  2. Education: 30%
    4 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 20%


Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

6 total 

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  • Erica Nicolle Knauf Santos

    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.


    Erica Santos Child custody Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jennifer Ellen Horwitz

    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.


    Jennifer Horwitz Domestic violence Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Burke Brown Attorneys

2701 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA, 98116-2405


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of AppreciationWashington Defender Association2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBurke Brown Attorneys, PLLC2011 - Present
Supervising Defense Attorney for the DefenseKing County Drug Diversion Court2007 - 2011
AttorneyAssociated Counsel For The Accused1998 - 2011
Staff AttorneyAssociation Of Attorneys For The Accused1994 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
King County Bar Association, Judicial Candidate Evaluation CommitteeCommittee Member2014 - Present
Education Law AssociationMember2011 - Present
Washington Asscoiation of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2000 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationAttorney Member1994 - Present
Washington Defender AssociationMember1994 - Present
Florida Bar AsociationMember1992 - Present
Washington State Bar Association Character and Fitness BoardBoard Member2007 - 2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St. Thomas University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Southern Methodist UniversityCommunicationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Restorative Justice ConferenceDrug Court2011
Ethics of Effectiveness of Practice in Treatment CourtsEthics2010
Annual ConferenceEthics2010