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Meet The Team
Rachel Dane is Colorado's leading attorney for survivors of domestic violence. Many attorneys shy away from domestic violence litigation because it is so difficult, but Ms. Dane leads the State in handling this challenging area of family law. She has counseled, represented, and supervised the representation of hundreds of survivors of domestic violence in family law cases. Ms. Dane has been practicing family law since she graduated from a top-tier law school in 2014 (The George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C.). Ms. Dane has litigated and won cases other attorneys have described as "un-winnable." Above all, Ms. Dane believes that everyone deserves a safe and healthy family life, and she works hard every day to achieve that for her clients. Ms. Dane represents clients of all backgrounds (not just survivors of violence) and is passionate about family law. That's why she founded Longmont Family Law.
In her free time, Ms. Dane enjoys hiking, yoga, and eating at Longmont's amazing local restaurants.
Lindsey Rawson Van Wyk
Lindsey Rawson Van Wyk joined the Longmont Family Law team in February of 2020. Prior to going to law school, Lindsey’s worked for many years in the non-profit sector. Her entire career was based on advocating for individuals and fighting for a more just and equitable world. Whether it was working as a Legal Advocate at Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence or as Program Director at Salud Family Health Centers, Lindsey’s experience in the non-profit world has provided her with the insight and skills necessary to work with and represent diverse clients facing many complicated issues. Lindsey attended the Denver University Sturm College of Law on a Provost Merit Scholarship. She graduated law school in May of 2019 and was admitted to the Colorado State Bar in November of 2019. Lindsey’s passion is working with and advocating for clients through the scary, unpleasant, and confusing family law process.
Victims Advocate and Paralegal
BreAnne Meyer worked at Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley as advocating for survivors of abuse in the civil, juvenile, immigration and criminal systems for 12 years. In that time, she provided court support, legal advocacy and legal information to hundreds of survivors, getting to know the many Boulder county justice systems and how they work together. She developed and implemented Safe Shelter's program that provides attorneys to survivors. She attended multiple advanced trainings on domestic and sexual violence, child abuse, trauma informed care, strangulation, and best practices for survivors involved in the legal system. She is excited to bring her passion, experience and networking to Longmont Family Law as Legal Advocate/Paralegal. When not assisting clients, she enjoys hiking, paddleboarding, making music and watching her son grow.
If you need an attorney, I recommend you interview the candidates. Litigating a family law case means sharing some very painful and personal information, so make sure whomever you hire is someone you trust. This is the main reason Longmont Family Law does free initial consultations; we want you to get to know your attorney before we start work on your case. Make sure the attorney you select has a similar communication style as you and will approach the case they way you want. Make sure the attorney communicates frequently and openly about your retainer. Longmont Family Law provides frequent invoices and discusses all billing at no-charge to the client. This way, you will know exactly where your money is going and have open communication directly with the billing attorney about the work done on your case.
Family law attorneys vary considerably in how they practice. Some attorneys communicate weekly with their clients, while some will go months without checking in. Some attorneys believe you should file as many motions as possible into your case, while others believe discretion serves their client's needs more. Some attorneys use aggression and intimidation to try to reach settlement, while others communicate respectfully with others.
At Longmont Family Law, we strongly stand up for our clients without bullying the other side. We conduct ourselves in a calm and professional manner in the courtroom and in negotiations without demeaning or insulting anyone. We use strategic discretion in filing motions. This means we explain all options to our clients (including the pros and cons of each) and respect the client's choice. We also pride ourselves on frequent communication with our clients.
In addition to finding someone you want to work with, I recommend asking questions like those listed below. We've included our responses for your reference. Feel free to contact us to schedule a free consultation to learn more.
How do you communicate about money?
At the beginning of your case, we sit down with you and go through our retainer agreement line-by-line to make sure you understand how retainers and billing work in our office. Our Managing Partner personally reviews every invoice and emails it to you with an explanation of how much is left in your account, when we think more money will be needed (if applicable), and what was billed since the last invoice. If you have any questions or concerns about billing, you speak with our attorneys directly at no charge.
How will you communicate updates in the case?
This depends on the client, the information needing to be conveyed, and the schedule of the attorney. Some clients prefer emails to calls or vice versa. We promptly forward legal documents to our clients and make sure to reach out to discuss the more complicated aspects of the process. We want you to be on board for the entire process. When we're approaching a big step in your case (an upcoming hearing, deadline, or mediation), we prefer to meet with you in person or via Zoom.
How often do you personally (as opposed to your paralegals and support staff) speak with your clients on the phone?
At their request, we speak with our clients significantly more than the average attorney. We warn all of our clients that they are billed for phone calls, but we are always happy to speak with them over the phone. We speak with some clients several times per week; some we speak with once a month. The legal system is complicated and not user-friendly. In our experience, clients really appreciate someone taking the extra time to explain things to them. This enables you to make informed decisions and emotionally prepare yourself for upcoming events. Sometimes our work load prevents us from responding right away, but we almost always return calls within two business days.
How do you prepare your clients for trial?
We sit down and walk through how the attorney expects the trial to go. This includes walking through the questions we will ask on direct examination and what we anticipate the opposing party or attorney will ask on cross-examination. We want you to walk into the courtroom feeling as supported and prepared as possible. We will also go over what we expect from the other side. If you don't want to pay for this in-depth review before a hearing, there are less time-intensive (and therefore more affordable) options. Almost all of our clients, however, prefer the walkthrough.
How comfortable are you in a courtroom?
Very. We represent more survivors of domestic violence than almost any other law firm in Colorado. This means we spend a significant amount of time in the courtroom and have litigated the most difficult evidentiary issues in family law. Domestic violence organizations across the state of Colorado send us their most difficult cases. Approximately a dozen law firms in Northern Colorado consult with our Managing Partner on trial advocacy for survivors of violence. That being said, we always try our best to obtain a favorable settlement for our clients. Most clients are happier with the outcome of their case when they settle and there are some significant legal advantages to settling (vs. having a judge rule on your case following a trial). Our clients can rest assured that when we recommend they take a settlement proposal, we're doing so out of their legal best interest and not fear of the courtroom.
How do you prepare your clients for mediation?
This is a major step in any case. We'll sit down with you and go through every outstanding issue in the case to determine our stance and strategy. We have heard horror stories of clients feeling unprepared for this process and walking out of mediation not knowing what they signed in a settlement agreement. We want you to think through all your options as much as possible before we go into the mediation room and definitely before signing anything.
How do you communicate with opposing counsel or opposing parties?
Respectfully. We treat all parties, attorneys, judges, clerks, and witnesses with respect, but we don't let anyone take advantage of our clients. There is an art to respectful advocacy. We firmly stand our ground, and argue based on law, logic, and reason, but we never bully or insult those who disagree with us.