business-attorney

Dana resides with her husband and three kids in Pleasant Grove, Utah where she enjoys anything outdoors….camping, hiking, skiing, traveling and hanging out with her family.

dana ball

small business utah lawyer

Dana Ball is a former litigation attorney who used to sue businesses. She has seen too many good business owners end up in bad situations, so today she helps them avoid common legal mistakes that land them in court. Dana’s 20 years of experience brings value and relief to small business owners with practical advice they can immediately implement into their day-to-day operations. Dana has made the whole process of having access to a lawyer easy and affordable with set pricing, ongoing legal support, and monthly plans to spread out the costs of safeguarding the business. Dana works with clients who care about their business and want to avoid:

Early Days

Dana grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and she has always had a love for business. Her first business venture was at the age of 6 when she sold napkins to the guests at her sister’s wedding! Oops . . . but she was proud to show her mom all the money she made that night as the flower girl. Then her first “real” job was at the age of 12 where she cleaned toilets and dusted the furniture working in her family’s Scandinavian furniture store. During high school, she was not your typical high school student with lots of free time instead, she worked at the store everyday after school and all day Saturdays. She probably complained at the time but today will tell you that this taught her a lot about the hard work it takes to run a business. Dana understands first hand what struggles you have to be a successful entrepreneur!  One other interesting fact about Dana is that she spent her junior year of high school living in Chateauroux, France as a Rotary exchange student.

Education

Dana graduated from Olympus High School in 1989 and went on to attend the University of Utah. During college, while she continued working for the family business, she saw firsthand the financial stress on her family that comes with the general operations of running a business and handling employee matters. Often Dana was the one the employees came to with questions and she enjoyed bringing employee issues to her dad and brother for resolution. Dana also volunteered at the Salt Lake Rape Crisis Center while in college. She was trained to answer calls to the crisis line from individuals with extremely awful and dangerous situations. In 1995, she graduated from the University of Utah with two Bachelor of Art degrees in Organizational Communication and French.  She learned early that problems don’t go away on their own and this is why she can help you avoid small issues from turning into full blown legal matters.

Post-College

Upon graduating from the University of Utah, Dana moved to Boston, Massachusetts in search of a job working in Human Resources. Luckily, she landed a position with a non-profit school called The May Institute as a Human Resources Representative for two years. Here, Dana performed 339 interviews of prospective employees; designed interviewing, hiring, and training systems; provided human resource support to 200 employees by updating personnel records, investigating complaints and maintaining EEO compliance. Dana saw first hand that having clear rules pays off the first time an employee issue happens.  She loves helping business owners set up rules that will protect both you and your employees, and give you a great place to work!

Law School

During law school, Dana gained extensive experience with Employment Law matters while working at:

She also participated on Golden Gate University law school’s Moot Court team for the National Appellate Advocacy competition. Her team was chosen to present oral arguments in the National competition held in Los Angeles, California. While a third year law student, she recruited 60 fellow students and founded a new student group for the Student Bar Association called the Labor & Employment Law Group. Overall, Dana’s experience on the employee side is a huge benefit to her current small business clients.

San Francisco Jobs

Out of several applicants, Dana was awarded the only fellowship position with WERC upon graduating from law school. WERC provides free legal representation to employees who can’t afford to hire an attorney while also giving law students real life experience handling legal cases. As the Graduate Law Fellow, Dana assisted clients with:

  • general workplace concerns;

  • administrative agency charges and interviews; but also,

  • supervised and trained the student clinicians on representing clients with legal matters.

Once the fellowship ended, she accepted a Law Clerk position with a well-known bay area civil rights attorney, Cliff Palefsky. At this firm, McGuinn Hillsman & Palefsky, Dana performed and evaluated 700 intakes over a 9-month period, covering issues of:

  • pregnancy, disability, gender, race and age discrimination;

  • sexual harassment;

  • worker’s compensation; and

  • breach of contract.

Dana appreciates working with Mr. Palefsky, who showed her how to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of cases. He also mentored Dana to not be a typical attorney, instead respect client’s time and return calls promptly no matter how busy we think we are.  One of the biggest complaints about attorneys is they fail to return calls and they are not readily available.  Dana has made access to an attorney easy for small business owners to help you when you need legal advice.

Working as a Utah Attorney

In 2001, Dana married her husband, Doug, and convinced him to move back to Utah in 2002. Upon her return to Utah, she practiced solo until joining the Provo firm of ESPLIN │ WEIGHT in 2006. Her legal practice included:

  • representing employees with sexual harassment complaints;

  • race, age, and disability discrimination;

  • wage and hour disputes;

  • unemployment issues;

  • small business partnerships;

  • buy-outs;

  • contracts;

  • business formations;

  • policies and procedures;

  • a variety of employee trainings;

  • debt collection; and

  • estate planning and probate.

Dana’s New Practice

In 2010, Dana decided to leave the firm and stop litigating because she was frustrated by all the money and time wasted on messy lawsuits that could be prevented. Initially, Dana wanted to be a civil rights attorney because she felt that employees were the “underdog.” Over the years, she has sued large and small companies and has owned three businesses herself. Dana knows first hand that being an entrepreneur is stressful! From these experiences, Dana realized how she could practice law, by helping others stay out of court, and be a mom at the same time, so in 2016 she officially opened Dana Ball Legal Services.

Today, Dana clearly sees that the “underdog” is not the employee but the small business owner. In fact, if business owners take steps to protect their business, then the employees will also be protected. Dana is motivated to help small business owners avoid the common mistakes that threaten the wellbeing of their business. Her years of business ownership and litigation experience, sets her firm apart because Dana knows what steps are necessary to avoid court. Put your small business in the best position possible to succeed by hiring a business lawyer. Hiring a business attorney as a member of your team is just smart. Your attorney should add value to your business by protecting your business. Dana aims to do just that!

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