Dana resides with her husband and three kids in Highland, Utah where she enjoys anything outdoors….camping, hiking, skiing, traveling and hanging out with her family.
I’m a small business lawyer and have always had a love for business. I grew up in Utah working in my family’s Scandinavian furniture store from the time I was in junior high school until I graduated from college. Working in a family business, I experienced firsthand the stress that comes with the general operations of running a business, especially handling employee matters.
I graduated from the University of Utah in 1995 and worked in Human Resources for two years before law school. During law school, I worked at the San Francisco District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); the headquarters of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA); the California Labor Commissioner’s office; and the Women’s Employment Rights Clinic (WERC).
In 2001, I married my husband, Doug, who was in his final year of dental school, and I convinced him to move back to Utah. Upon our return to Utah in 2002, I practiced solo until joining the Provo firm of ESPLIN │ WEIGHT in 2006. My legal practice included representing employees with sexual harassment complaints; race, age, and disability discrimination; wage and hour disputes; and unemployment issues. Additionally, I handled small business partnerships; buy-outs; contracts; business formations; policies and procedures; a variety of employee trainings; debt collection; estate planning and probate.
Initially, I wanted to be a civil rights attorney because I felt that employees were the underdog. Over the years, I sued large and small companies and then later began representing business owners when partnerships failed. I have owned three businesses myself. Running a business can be stressful! Today, I see the small business owner as the underdog. We help the small business owner avoid the common mistakes that threatens the wellbeing of the business. I know that if clients put rules in place and actually follow the rules they have in place, then they will protect their personal and business assets which includes the livelihood of their employees.
We help small businesses avoid common legal mistakes with business operations, contracts and employees. My years of business ownership and litigation experience, sets us apart because we know what steps are necessary to avoid court. We no longer represent clients in court because our focus is simple: to avoid having to go to court at all. We strive to lower your stress of running a business and avoid the high cost of litigation. 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. We aim to do just that!