|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|
Posted by anonymous
Our 1st grade daughter was wrongfully suspended over a misunderstanding that was clearly not a violation of school policy. We were unable to convince the school to change their decision and were told that our only option was to submit a grievance to the superintendent. We started writing it ourselves, but had trouble sorting through the school regulations which are not user-friendly at all. I did a quick search for an education lawyer, and Dana was the top hit on Avvo. After reading the reviews I could tell she was the right woman for the job. She's a great communicator, returns calls right away, and provides outstanding advice. We asked her to review our letter and suggest improvements as our behind-the-scenes advisor. Those couple of hours of her time was money well spent. If you need help navigating school regulations and grievance processes, call Dana.
Posted by Rachelle
A prominent children's hospital in Seattle reported an incident that later turned out to be unfounded. Dana has battled CPS, SPD, and the Hospital with me for almost 2 and 1/2 years. Both Dependencies were dismissed in record time. Both Found findings were the final piece to be overturned. Through it all she has been my friend and advocate. If you need a someone who is willing to fight for you, Dana is the person for you. Together we accomplished something that to my knowledge had not been done before.
Posted by Deanna
Medical Abuse – What’s that?? That was my first reaction when being contacted by a Social Worker in Everett, WA. after being inappropriately referred to CPS by a prominent Children’s Hospital in Seattle, WA.
Imagine living day to day with a child who has a complex chronic illness and is unable to eat more than 8 different foods without intense suffering and pain. Imagine that child being unable to live life as a child should be able to, and having to give up loved activities such as dance, gymnastics, swimming and others from a pure lack of energy and unrelenting abdominal discomfort. Imagine this illness being undiagnosed! As a parent, as a good parent, you would go to the ends of the earth to find a diagnosis, and thus potential treatment plan for your child. You would explore every avenue possible to help your child. You would have tests performed; medications tried, and even look into any and all alternative medicines available. This is what a good parent would do. This is also what the local Children’s Hospital considers Medical Abuse. Too many doctor visits, too many tests, too much trying!
When this allegation was first brought to my attention, I thought there was no way anyone who knew us and had been part of this ongoing life with us would even for one second do anything other than laugh at this absurdity. I quickly found out, however, that CPS is not interested in digging deep into those who truly know. The system appears to be designed for a hospital to send in a referral, and CPS to do a less than adequate job investigating. As I saw more of what I perceived to be ineptness occurring in the social worker assigned to our case, I knew I had to do something to protect my child and I from the absurdity of the allegation….an allegation sent in 5 months after my child had even been seen by anyone at this hospital!
Upon researching online, I quickly came across Dana Brown’s name, and was quickly drawn to the information regarding defense against CPS found on her website. I emailed Dana on a Sunday, and received a response back that very day. After a discussion with Dana, I hired her to represent me. From the start, Dana was engaged and active in my case. She listened earnestly and openly to my situation, reviewed my child’s medical history, and believed in my innocence. She provided me with needed education on the process CPS would be following, expectations I should anticipate, and hope that this case could close as ‘unfounded’. Dana communicated directly with the CPS social worker, ensuring that CPS was following statute and law. She provided information they seemed to be neglecting, and repeatedly reminded them there was no evidence to support this allegation. Her tenacity, knowledge, drive, determination and never waiving commitment to me ultimately ended in an ‘unfounded’ ‘verdict’ from CPS!
Alongside Dana’s amazing legal skillset, is also a highly developed emotional intelligence proficiency. When thrown into situation like this, stress, worry, concern, and even anxiety seem to become prominent daily. It’s imperative to have legal representation that understands this component as well as the technicality of the law. Dana was always compassionate, understanding, available, and supportive throughout our work together. She was also able to convey a sense of partnership with me on my case, and encouraged and respected my thought process.
I would highly recommend Dana for any case involving CPS, in particular the nebulous and unreasonable allegation of Medical Abuse. She will fight for you, for your family, for your rights. And, she will walk through your case with you…not in front of you, not behind you, but right alongside you.
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.