Dana M. Heyde is dynamic, passionate, and sharp. As a Partner of Cottle, Keen, Lopiccolo &
Heyde, Dana is highly regarded by her clients for her energetic representation and exceptional
understanding of legal procedure. Dana zealously advocates for clients in the areas of trust and
civil litigation, estate planning, and family law.
Dana is a formidable attorney who consistently obtains winning results for her clients with her
superior communication and negotiation skills. Clients value Dana’s sound legal advice and
proactive approach. Dana provides superior representation through the personalized attention
each client receives. She assists clients identify their goals, then customizes a comprehensive
plan to achieve them.
When litigation is needed, clients benefit from Dana’s extensive courtroom experience.
Attending hundreds of depositions, hearings, and preparing cases for trial gave Dana a profound
understanding of the intricacies of legal procedure. Dana’s excellence in Estate Planning comes
from her years of experience as a trust litigator. Seeing how improper planning results in
problems after a testator’s death made Dana uniquely situated to help clients create an estate plan
that ensures a client’s wealth legacy is passed onto their loved ones without conflict.
Dana is a respected attorney in the legal community, and the 2022 President of the Orange
County Women Lawyers Association. She enjoys traveling, playing games, and golfing. She is
an avid reader and lives in Orange with her husband and son.
B.A., Chapman University
Juris Doctor, Whittier College School of Law
International Law, Universidad de Cantabria, Santander, Spain
Orange County Women Lawyers Association
Board Member since 2015
Orange County Women Lawyers Foundation
Member since 2017 – Present
Orange County Bar Association
Member since 2007 – Present
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