Dana McKenzie

Dana McKenzie

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in Apple Valley, MN

Cheney-Hatcher & McKenzie Dispute Resolution Center
 | 14800 Galaxie Avenue, Suite 301
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Phone: 952-314-1814
Fax: 952-392-3654
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (80%),
  • Health Care (10%),
  • Family Law (10%)
Attorney Profile

Dana McKenzie is a shareholder of Cheney-Hatcher & McKenzie. In addition to her mediation and collaborative law practice, she serves as a financial and social early neutral evaluator, parenting consultant, and neutral child specialist. She has an extensive background in child support, having served as the Manager of Policy and Planning for the MDHS Child Support Enforcement Division, on the Board of Directors for the National Child Support Enforcement Association, on numerous state and federal workgroups related to child support, and as the co-chair of the Assisted Reproductive Technologies Subcommittee of the Minnesota Uniform Parentage Act Task Force. Ms. McKenzie is also nationally certified in both Health Care Compliance and Health Care Privacy Compliance by the Compliance Certification Board.  She is a frequent CLE and keynote speaker and writes a weekly appellate case law summary read by 900 family law professionals.

About Dana McKenzie

Admitted: 1989, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: http://www.chmdrc.com/Dana-McKenzie.cfm

Honors/Awards:

  • American Association for Justice Student Advocacy Competitions (2nd Place) University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • State of Minnesota Achievement Award, 1998
  • Terry Thomas Memorial Trial Practice Achievement Award, 1989
  • Ranked in the Top Third of the Graduating Class, University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Minnesota
  • The Order of Barristers (Inducted 1989)
  • Dean's List, University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • State of Minnesota Achievement Award, 1999
  • Callaghan Book Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, 1989

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certification in Health Care Compliance Certification in Health Care Privacy Compliance, 2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, First Judicial District Bar Association
  • Member, Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member of the Board of Directors, National Child Support Enforcement Association
  • Board of Directors, Dakota County Bar Association, 2018

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Ms. McKenzie serves as the co-chair of the Dakota County Early Neutral Evaluation Committee and serves as a Financial and Social Early Neutral Evaluator in Ramsey, Dakota and Washington Counties. 

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Co-Author of the Chapter "Paternity Issues and Trends" of the Minnesota Custody and Child Support Deskbook
  • Frequent CLE and Keynote Speaker and writes a weekly Family Law Appellate case law summary read by over 500 Minnesota Family Law Professionals
  • "Paternity Issues and Trends" Minnesota Custody and Child Support Deskbook
  • "A complete History of Medical Child Support - Slightly Abridged!" Delaware Lawyer, summer 2002. (Co-Authored with Susan F. Paikin, Esq.)
  • "Children of the Year" The Times for Fathers and Families November, 2001
  • "Children of the Law(yers)" Family Law Forum, July, 1999
  • Plenary Speaker, Family Law Institute, 2011
  • Plenary Speaker and CLE Presenter, Family Law Institute, 2010
  • CLE Presenter, Dakota County Family Law Bar, 2009
  • CLE Presenter, Dakota County Family Law Bar, 2008
  • CLE Presenter, Ramsey County Bar Association, 2007
  • Program Chairperson, National Child Support Enforcement Association mid-year conference, Washington DC, 2003
  • Presenter, National Child Sport Enforcement Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2002
  • Plenary Speaker, National Child Support Enforcement Association mid-year conference, Washington, DC, 2002
  • Keynote Speaker and CLE Presenter, National Child Support Enforcement Association regional conference, Indianapolis, IN, 2001
  • CLE Presenter: National Child Support Enforcement Association annual conference, New York, NY, 2001
  • Keynote Speaker, Carlton county Head Start/Child Care/Child Support conference, Carlton, MN, 2001
  • CLE Presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association Family Law Institute, St. Paul, MN, 2001
  • CLE Presenter, National Child Support Enforcement Association annual conference, San Diego, CA, 2000
  • CLE Presenter, Eastern Regional Interstate Child Support Association Annual Conference, Detroit, MI, 2000
  • CLE Presenter, United State Department of Health and Human Service, Office of Child Support Enforcement ninth national training conference, Washington, DC, 1999
  • CLE Presenter, National Child Support Enforcement Association Annual Conference, 1999
  • CLE Presenter: National Child Support Enforcement Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC, 1998
  • CLE Course Co-Chair and Presenter, Minnesota Journal of Law and Politics CLE on Family Law, Minneapolis, MN, 1998
  • CLE Presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association CLE on Child Support, Minneapolis, MN, 1997

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Certified in Health Care Compliance by the Compliance Certification Board., 2016

Educational Background:

  • Northern Michigan University. B.S. Dean's List, National Merit Scholar, Major: Political Science, Minor: Business Administration, 1985
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Office Location for Dana McKenzie

14800 Galaxie Avenue
Suite 301
Apple Valley, MN 55124

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Last Updated: 9/28/2019

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