In 2002, Dawn earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. In 2006, Dawn earned her law degree from the University of Toledo. She was admitted to practice in Colorado in May 2007.
During law school, Dawn worked as a law clerk handling civil litigation matters at the firm of Cooper, Bender & Iddings, in Tecumseh, Michigan. During this time, Dawn worked exclusively under the direct supervision of now judge, the Honorable Gregg P. Iddings.
After her admission to practice in Colorado, Dawn accepted a job with the criminal defense firm of Peters & Nolan, LLC, in Grand Junction, Colorado. During her time at Peters & Nolan, the firm widened its practice to include family law matters. Dawn was tasked with handling the firms family law cases, under the supervision of a local family law attorney with Reems & Eggert, LLC.
In August 2008, Dawn transitioned into the office of Reems & Eggert, LLC, as a contract employee, in order to gain experience working on more complex family law matters with a seasoned family law attorney and Child Family Investigator (CFI).
In March 2009, Dawn moved to Denver and opened her a solo practice, Dawn M. O’Neil, P.C., where she continued to handle family law matters.
In November 2013, Dawn combined her solo practice with Tracy Tirey, of The Tirey Law Firm, LLC, an elder law and estate planning firm, to form Tirey O’Neil, LLC. Together, Dawn and Tracy handle elder law, estate planning, and family law matters.
Memberships and Associations: Colorado Bar Association (CBA), CBA Family Law Section, CBA Solo and Small Firm Practice Section, Adams/Broomfield Bar Association.
Additional Training: In the last three years, Dawn has spent over 120 hours in additional family law-specific training. Dawn has completed the 16 hour CCDP Level One Collaborative Law Training, the 40 hour Child Family Investigator Training, as well as the Special Education Program and Domestic Violence Program training through the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, to name a few.
Volunteer Work: Dawn handles pro bono Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) cases through the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center. This work focuses primarily on identifying and investigating issues of domestic violence and child abuse, as well as making recommendations regarding the best interests of the children living in that setting. Dawn is also in her third year as an attorney coach for Mountain Range High School in the CBA High School Mock Trial Program.