About Dana Ball – – Small Business Utah Lawyer
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 Jr. 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 with Bachelor Degrees in Organizational Communication and French. I then worked in HR for a non-profit school in Boston, Massachusetts, called The May Institute, until 1997 when I moved to San Francisco, California to begin law school.
During law school, I gained extensive experience with Employment Law while working at the San Francisco District office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); the headquarters of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA); the California State Labor Commissioner’s office; and the Women’s Employment Rights Clinic (WERC). These different positions showed me how the “bottom line” is affected in a positive way when companies incorporate strong policies and procedures.
In 2000, I graduated from law school and was awarded a one-year fellowship with WERC. Following the fellowship, I took a job working for a well-known San Francisco Employment lawyer, Cliff Palefsky, before moving back to Utah. This job helped me recognize and reinforce the value of time and reiterated my commitment to communicate timely and effectively with my clients.
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.
I put my law practice on hold in 2009 to better balance the high demands of career and family. I chose to focus more on raising our children and to manage the Operations side of the dental office. Presently, Doug and his business partner run their business by using the most efficient processes and procedures available which allows both doctors to focus their day on being successful dentists rather than worrying about the business side of their practice.
With this experience of owning my own small businesses, I re-open my law practice with a different direction as a small business Utah lawyer. Now my unique practice works with small businesses with less than 50 employees. Owning a small business can be stressful! I know firsthand how small business owners tend to spend too much time dealing with immediate needs instead of taking action now to avoid potential legal hassles. I help small businesses survive year after year by avoiding common legal mistakes with Business Operations, Contracts and Employees. I make it affordable for small businesses to minimize and prevent legal nightmares.
Under my direction, our dental practice’s “bottom line” saw a 40% profit increase. I’ve brought the tools that led to success in our dental practice into my small business Utah lawyer practice. Let me help you increase your bottom line by setting up your small business systems right to alleviate stress, offer legal protection, and make your small business a place you love to work!
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.
EDUCATION and AFFILIATIONS
Utah State Bar, member, admitted May 2002 – present
Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California
J.D., May 2000
Labor/Employment Law Specialization Certificate, May 2000
Public Interest and Human Issues Specialization Certificate, May 2000
Awards and Activities:
- National Moot Court Competition Team, Fall 1999
- Founding member of the student Employment Law Association (ELA), 1999-2000
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
B.A., Organizational Communication, June 1995
B.A., French, June 1995
Honors and Activities:
- Dean’s List
- Associated Students Assembly, Representative
Noah Webster Academy, Member of the Board of Directors, October 2011 – 2014
Served on the Accreditation Committee, Chair of the Governance and Policy Committee, and Secretary (July 2013-July 2014).