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Dennis Charles Cronin

Family Attorney at Spokane, WA

4.4   7 reviews

Licensed for 36 years

About Dennis

Learn Dennis’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Family
    70%
    Over thirty years' experience in Complex Family Law: Asset Protection, Military, Veterans and Law Enforcement, Farms and Ranches, UCCJEA, Divorce, Child Support, Same Sex Marriage and Domestic Partnerships, Third Party Custody, Protection Orders, De facto Parentage, Parentage (Paternity), Child Support, Post Secondary Support, Modification, Relocations, Adoption, and more.

  2. Domestic violence
    10%

  3. Appeals
    5%
    State and Federal Criminal, Civil, Employment and Labor, Election, Voting Rights, Domestic Relations including UCCJEA, Child Support, Paternity (Parentage), Civil Litigation, Domestic Partnership, Same sex marriage, Guardian ad Litem, and more.

  4. Criminal defense
    5%
    Over thirty years' experience in State and Federal Courts including: Homocide, Rape, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Child Sexual Assault. Representation ranging from infractions and misdemeanors to State and Federal Felonies

  5. Mediation
    3%
    Family Law Mediation and Early Resolution of Non Contested Dissolution of Marriage

  6. Administrative law
    2%
    CPS Administrative Hearings for defense of findings of child abuse and neglect

  7. Child abuse
    1%

  8. Child custody
    1%

  9. Child support
    1%

  10. Divorce and separation
    1%

  11. Juvenile law
    1%

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"The practice of law is a profession in which lawyers serve justice, it is not a business to pave a road of financial excess." -DC Cronin

Dennis “DC” Cronin was hired in 1987 out of Spokane Legal Services by his mentor and friend, L. Carl Maxey, from whom he received the moniker “DC”.  Dennis' passion for equal justice is demonstrated by his comprehensive study of the law and his determination to have the law applied fairly to all.

In 2003, Dennis founded The Law Office of D.C. Cronin based upon values of hard work, perseverance, and persistence on behalf of those who struggle to access justice, providing his clients with rigorous representation regardless of their ability to pay. His persistence for equal justice has led to both published and unpublished opinions spanning a broad spectrum of the law; from the Federal District and Ninth Circuit regarding civil and voting rights, ethics and professional responsibility, labor unions and duty of fair representation, to the Washington State Supreme Court  regarding election campaigns and politics, to the Washington State Court of Appeals in the areas of criminal, domestic relations, employment and labor, litigation and juvenile and parental rights.

His earliest assignments as General Counsel of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Outreach Center, the Spokane Chapter of the N.A.A.C.P., as a member of the Washington State Bar Association Sentencing and Corrections Committee and Spokane ACLU Board were early indications of Dennis's passion and commitment for community and professional service.

Among many other roles throughout the past 32 years, Dennis previously served as Chair of the City of Spokane Human Rights Commission. To this day, Dennis carries on the tradition of giving back to the community and currently serves as Chair of the City of Spokane Ethics Commission, as a member of the Executive Boards of the WSBA LGBT Section, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, TeamChild, and Northwest Mediation Center, for the past ten years, has served as Chair of the SCBA Family Law Section and is a founding member and Trustee of the newly formed SCBA LGBTA Law Section.

For over 30 years, DC has worked tirelessly in the pursuit of justice for his clients and has  co-counseled cases with L. Carl Maxey, F. Lee Bailey, Ralph Nader’s Organization; NAACP Defense and Educational Fund Inc., & Andrew Shapiro of Yale Law School.  DC earned and has maintained an AV Rating from Martindale Hubbell, the highest possible peer review ratings in both legal ability and ethical standards, and reflecting the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary, cannot be purchased or otherwise influenced.

DC’s present practice emphasis is felony criminal defense, complex domestic relations, appellate, administrative, juvenile law, mediation, consultation with and writing for other attorneys, and pro bono representation.

Whether family law, appellate, felony criminal, juvenile, administrative matters, or civil rights, many clients often seek his services for a complex and intersecting set of factors inclusive of power imbalances and many times aggravated by economic disparity and financially superior opponents, such as family law matters combined with CPS and/or criminal investigations, discovery issues, mental health, drugs and/or alcohol,  intimate partner violence, criminal matters involving alleged sex crimes, including the Internet, college students facing felony criminal charges and related administrative investigations, parents facing CPS investigations and interventions, parental rights, and children’s rights.

DC represents clients across a diverse and multi-dimensional spectrum. The vast majority of his clients present with complex legal issues, and many have limited or non-existent funding for legal services, language and literacy limitations. His clients typically seek his services due to issues specifically related to their inability to access the justice system, based upon socio-economic, educational, language, heritage and ethnicity, religious affiliation, racial, gender, age, sexual orientation, mental illness, disabilities, and other barriers which have, in some way, affected the individual’s access to competent representation of, and access to, the court for their specific issues.

DC also provides mediation services for family law matters in which a variety of considerations must be provided, including economic status.  He is pleased to provide mediation services upon the request of the court for Self-Represented Litigants who have been otherwise unable to access services, or for whom the mediation process has previously failed, as well as where otherwise requested.

With credit due his grandparents, Irish-Canadian and Italian immigrants to America, just two generations later DC lives the values of hard work and perseverance. Raised in a working class neighborhood in Connecticut, his first generation parents, David and Antoinette, instilled the promises and responsibilities of the dream their parents and grandparents crossed the oceans to realize. DC’s older brother is a renowned transplant surgeon; his younger sister is a registered nurse. DC chose the law, or the law chose him, as some folks have been heard to say.

Still true to his working class roots, as well as his commitment to access to justice, DC has not raised his family law rates in over 20 years and still charges the $ per hour, on the tenth of the hour, set by Carl Maxey while DC was employed at the Maxey Law Offices. Rates for support staff are $85.00 per hour on the tenth of the hour. Criminal hourly rates may vary.

Free Initial Consultation

The initial consultation provides a confidential opportunity for you and for DC to determine whether or not the relationship might be a “good fit”. The confidentiality continues regardless of whether or not you choose to hire our office or if the request for representation is declined. DC does not respond to persons seeking information regarding confidential communications, and/or reviews, even regarding matters which are declined for representation.

We understand the tendency to seek immediate responses through the use of email. However, all matters must be screened for potential conflicts. In addition, email cannot be guaranteed to be a confidential method of communication, therefore may not be a secure and safe form of communication,  and may contain viruses and/or malware. For these and other reasons, The Law Office of D.C. Cronin does not accept email inquiries.

 

If you are interested in scheduling an initial, free, confidential and no-obligation consultation, please call our office during business hours at

DC’s staff will be happy to take some brief information from you to determine if your matter is something with which DC may be able to help in the time frame needed. Absent a rare exception, discussed and resolved prior to the consultation, no persons other than the individual, are allowed in the consultation in order to preserve confidentiality and avoid potential conflicts of interest.

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Licensed for 36 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1986
Updated 03/18/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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D.C. Cronin

Reviews

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Posted by Krystal | April 6, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Five Star Service!
I contacted Dennis for advice the next day after being released from jail for a charge. I was experiencing anxiety at the time I contacted Dennis. Dennis gave me great feedback that helped relieve my anxiety and stress. The information and feedback I received was very helpful and he also provided me with resources and tools that helped me during a challenging situation in my life. Dennis and his staff and wife have always treated me with dignity and respect which goes a long way having a positive impact on my life and the lives of others. This team is very knowledgeable in keeping up to date with changes in our community and are always ahead of the game. This team is all heart and have compassion for the people they serve and all the work they do in our community for our people. I highly recommend this team. Thank you Dennis, staff and Teresa for being grand. You are much appreciated for all the work you do and for the exceptional service you have provided to me and everyone you come into contact with and will in the future. Keep up the good work! Grade: A++ 120% HIGH FIVE! You are rad!
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Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I cannot recommend Dennis highly enough.
Dennis handled my divorce that lasted well over two years from my abusive and crazy ex. He is incredibly knowledgeable about the legal system as well as abuse and does not tolerate crap from anyone. If you are reading negative reviews about him, the chances are very good that that person WAS the crazy party in the litigation... He bent over backwards for me and went the extra mile without price gouging. I never felt talked down to or devalued at any point. He made one of the most terrible experiences I have had to go through in my life bearable. He has some of the most wonderful and supportive office staff as well. I was never made to feel unwelcome. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
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Posted by Irara | July 30, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best in town!!
I called this office after calling many other offices over the last couple weeks to see if I could get help with where to take my case! The staff that Dennis has hired were the most helpful! They listened even when they could not help with my case and pointed me in the right direction! This office gave me the help I needed when I needed it the most! I would recommend this law office to anyone who needs legal assisitance!!!
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Posted by Gina | July 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Knowledgeable, Exceptional and Dedicated
I came to Dennis Cronin with an emergency situation in the midst of what became a 15+ month custody battle over my child. I had been poorly represented by my previous attorney and then treated unfairly by the court system due to a Commissioner’s personal opinions. Dennis listened intently to my story and sincerely wanted to help right the wrong that had occurred. He had less than a week to familiarize himself with my entire case, prepare the necessary documents and get the required hearing scheduled, in hopes to overturn the unfounded decision that had been made. Not only did Dennis come through when all odds were against us, but he stayed with my case until its very end. He and his wonderful staff were extremely responsive, communicated with me frequently and explained each step along the way so I clearly understood what was happening. He was careful not fill us with false hopes but instead provided us with the best strategy possible and was exceptionally thorough with the factual and legal information needed to support these strategies. He fought persistently and enthusiastically for us but was always fair and honest. He was unwaveringly dedicated to helping my family remain whole and it showed in every effort he made on our behalf. He made himself as accessible as he possibly could and was very attentive to our hopes and needs. Dennis and his amazing staff saved our family and he will always be considered a part of ours.
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Posted by Debora | May 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
KNOWLEDGEABLE AND EFFICIENT
When it comes to the law, experience matters. That's what I learned with Mr. Cronin. I hired him during my divorce, which involved matters of international law and a custody battle. I was impressed with his knowledge of the laws of the countries involved in my case and with his warmth as a human being, I felt like he really wanted to help me get the best outcome possible for me and my child throughout the process. Whenever I had to appear in court I always felt that Mr. Cronin represented me and my concerns well. He never built false expectations about the possible outcomes of my case and I felt that our communication was clear and fluid. I think that is very important in a relationship with your attorney. I found that he also worked well with my ex's attorney, which in turn helped move things along faster for both of us. I was very happy with his services and would (and do) recommend him to anyone looking for a good, solid attorney.
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Posted by Jason | May 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I am so glad I hired him
Dennis Cronin handled my divorce. He was very thorough and professional. He spent a great deal of time and effort combating my Ex and her attorney and achieved excellent results. He also cost a fraction of the other atty.
Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Arrogant and Unavailable to Clients
I rarely leave negative reviews but we were so disappointed with Mr. Cronin, that we have to warn others. The main issue is that Mr. Cronin thinks you work for him instead of the other way around. He is not available to speak on the phone, doesn't use email and insists on communication through lengthy letters. Of course this costs more money than a quick phone conversation. Also, we had many questions. We found his answers vague and even insulting. He was unwilling to listen to what we wanted and instead had his own agenda about what was best for our family. We are hiring someone else. With so many other GREAT attorneys with very high AVVO ratings, why take a chance with Mr. Cronin? Your family is much too important and so is ours.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner and President/Attorney and Mediator
  • The Law Office of DC Cronin
  • 2003 - Present
  • Commissioner Pro Tempore
  • Spokane County Superior Court
  • 2005 - 2015
  • Managing Partner
  • Hearrean and Cronin, P.S.
  • 2001 - 2003
  • General Counsel
  • Maxey Law Offices, PS
  • 1987 - 2001
  • Attorney
  • Spokane Legal Services
  • 1986 - 1987
  • Public Defender
  • Kootenai County Public Defender
  • 1985 - 1986
  • Rule 9 Intern
  • Gonzaga University School Of Law University Legal Assistance
  • 1984 - 1985
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Education

  • Pepperdine School of Law/Strauss Institute
  • Certification
  • 2009
  • Northwest Mediation Center
  • Certification
  • 2006
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • Fairfield University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982
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Legal Cases

  • In re: Adoption of C.W.S., 2016 Wash. App. LEXIS 2764 (Wash. Ct. App. November 15, 2016) (Div. III Unpublished)
  • Motion for Discretionary Review Denied
  • In re: Moore and Brown, Division III Case No: 32307-2-111 (Aug 31, 2016)
  • Dismissed
  • In Re Parentage of Ruff, 168 Wn. App. 109 (2012)
  • Reversed and remanded.
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Associations

  • Northwest Mediation Center
  • Vice President - Executive Board
  • 2018 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (Washington Chapter)
  • President
  • 2018 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • LGBT Section Chair-Elect
  • 2018 - Present
  • City of Spokane
  • Ethics Commission Chair
  • 2017 - Present
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • LGBTA Section Founding Member and Trustee
  • 2016 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Eagle Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • City of Spokane
  • Ethics Commission Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Loren Miller Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • QLaw- LGBT Bar Association of Washington
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Northwest Mediation Center
  • Executive Board
  • 2015 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts - Washington Chapter
  • Executive Committee
  • 2015 - Present
  • Spokane County Superior Court Liaison Committee
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Family Law Section Chair
  • 2007 - Present
  • Spokane County Superior Court Guardian ad Litem Committee
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Lincoln County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Member, Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • N/A
  • Spokane NAACP
  • Lifetime Member
  • N/A
  • Federal Bar Association Eastern District of Washington
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member, Washington Chapter
  • N/A
  • TeamChild
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Golden Eagle Club
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • LGBT Section Trustee
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Northwest Mediation Center Advisory Council
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Family Law Section Executive Committee (FLEC)
  • 2013 - 2016
  • West Central Resiliency Convergence
  • Sponsor
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Spokane County Bar Association District Court Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2011
  • West Central Neighborhood Project Hope
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Spokane County Superior Court Guardian ad Litem Subcommittee for Parental Alienation
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Spokane County Superior Court Pro Se Video Working Group
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Spokane County Juvenile Court Dependency Working Group
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2010
  • City of Spokane Human Rights Commission
  • Chair
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Spokane County District 3 Voter Protection Team
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Gonzaga University ULA Linden Cup Moot Court
  • Moot Court Judge
  • 2008 - 2012
  • City of Spokane Human Rights Commission
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Spokane County Superior Court Unified Family Court Committee
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Spokane County Superior Court Family Court Improvement Subcommittee
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated Judicial Edition
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Well Qualified Judicial Evaluation Rating
  • QLaw
  • 2015
  • Pro Bono Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated Judicial Edition
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyers 2015
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2015
  • Exceptionally Well Qualified Judicial Rating
  • Latina/o Bar Association of Washington
  • 2015
  • Well Qualified Judicial Evaluation Rating
  • JAJEC Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated Judicial Edition
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent Rated Judicial Edition
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Pro Bono Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent Rated Judicial Edition
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Pro Bono Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2012
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Pro Bono Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2011
  • BV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Pro Bono Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2010
  • BV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Pro Bono Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2009
  • BV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • Pro Bono Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2008
  • BV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • BV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • BV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • BV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • BV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2003
  • BV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2002
  • BV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2001
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law and Politics
  • 2000
  • BV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1999
  • BV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1998
  • BV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1997
  • BV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1996
  • BV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1995
  • BV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1994
  • BV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1993
  • BV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1992
  • BV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1991
  • BV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1990
  • Who's Who in Practicing Attorneys
  • Who's Who
  • 1989
  • Reginald Heber Fellow
  • Spokane Legal Services Center
  • 1986
  • High Grade Clinician
  • Gonzaga University Legal Assistance
  • 1985
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Publications

  • Wash. Fam. Law. Newsletter
  • Mediation Confidentiaity
  • 1994

Speaking Engagements

  • Title 26 Family Law Guardian ad Litem Training
  • Title 26 Investigations; Law and Practice, Family Dynamics - Putting it all Together
  • 2016
  • Eastern Washington Advanced Title 26 Family Law GAL Training
  • Title 26 Family Law Guardian ad Litem Training
  • 2016
  • SCBA Autumn Family Law CLE
  • 2015 Case Law Summaries
  • 2015
  • Family Law Section CLE
  • Serving up Family Law with an Extra Helping of Ethics
  • 2014
  • Family Law Section CLE
  • The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act
  • 2013
  • Family Law Section Autumn CLE
  • “Staying in the Lines When Your Case is Outside the Box”
  • 2013
  • Family Law Section CLE for Clinicians, Attorneys and GALs
  • Co Presenter with Mark Mays, PhD: Dangers Amidst the Dandelion Fields: Negotiating the Judicial System: Ethical, Legal and Clinical Aspects of Forensic Evaluations
  • 2012
  • Family Law Section Midyear
  • 20 Family Law Cases You Need to Know
  • 2011
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • The Feres Doctrine: Service Members' Relief Act
  • 2009
  • (To Edit-Add Event Name)
  • Contempt: A Drastic Extraordinary Equitable Remedy
  • 2009
  • (To Edit-Add Event Name)
  • Lis Pendens for the Family Law Practicioner
  • 2008
  • SCBA Continuing Legal Education
  • Contempt
  • 1996
  • WSTLA CLE
  • Police Shooting and Discovery Motion to Block Discovery Under 42 USC Section 1983 and Harlow v. Fitzgerald
  • 1995
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Family Attorney | Jun 03
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"I endorse this lawyer. Dennis is a fantastic resource. He is wealth of knowledge, and active in the community."
Appeals Attorney | May 31
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"I endorse Dennis as strong advocate for his clients and the law."
General practice Attorney | May 13
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Spokane Family Lawyer Dennis Charles Cronin
Dennis Charles Cronin
Family Attorney
Spokane, WA
Licensed for 36 years