Who We Are


Well-known for her assertive and effective representation in Los Angeles and Orange County family law courts, Nancy Dahan has been an active family law attorney bringing results and compassion to her clients since 1988.

Ms. Dahan first joined the Beverly Hills office of Ira M. Friedman, where she litigated complex family law cases in Los Angeles. After founding her own law firm in Los Angeles in 1992, she joined forces with Kathleen A. Brown in Orange County and formed Brown | Dahan in 2000.

Extensive experience in handling intricate custody disputes as well as complex business and financial aspects in divorce cases gives her the competitive edge in representing clients in Orange County family law courts.

Ms. Dahan’s professional successes as well as commitment to the community have resulted in her being honored among the Most Remarkable Women of Orange County by the National Association of Women Business Owners, along with other nominations and accolades. She serves on the Board of Directors of Human Options, which helps to restore hope and rebuild the lives of battered women and their families. In addition, she is active in numerous professional organizations, including the Women in Leadership Organization and Orange County Bar Association. Ms. Dahan actively participates in a monthly roundtable with prominent Orange County attorneys on complex issues of family law.

She received her Juris Doctorate degree from Western State University, and Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California at Los Angeles. Please contact attorney Nancy Dahan at (949) 724-8857 to discuss your matter further or complete the “Contact Us” form.



Kathleen Brown is well-recognized as an aggressive and effective litigator in Orange County family law, who treats each client with respect, integrity, and exceptional care.

After launching her own practice in 1995, she joined forces with Nancy W. Dahan and formed Brown | Dahan in 2000.

Ms. Brown handles all aspects of divorce and family law matters as a partner with Brown & Dahan. Her experience in accounting and business adds to her role as an astute, results-driven negotiator when handling complex financial issues in a dissolution proceeding.

Ms. Brown is an esteemed Court-Appointed Special Advocate in Orange County, as well as active member of the Orange County Bar Association, and published author (most recently in Orange County Lawyer Magazine). She actively participates in a monthly roundtable with prominent Orange County attorneys on complex matters of family law.

She received her Juris Doctorate degree from Western State University, and Bachelor of Science degree from University of Southern California. Please contact attorney Kathleen Brown at (949) 724-8857 to discuss your matter further or please complete the “Contact Us” form.



Denise Vatani Heinz is an Associate Attorney with The Law Offices of Brown | Dahan. She joined the Brown | Dahan team her second year in law school as a law clerk and became an Associate Attorney after passing the California Bar Exam. Ms. Heinz was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama and moved to Orange County her senior year in high school. She then went on to attend the University of California, Los Angeles, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Arts Degree, double majoring in Political Science and International Relations. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Ms. Heinz attended Chapman University, School of Law, where she received her Juris Doctorate.

Ms. Heinz understands that this is a very difficult and demanding time for clients and encourages them to be active and aware of the circumstances of their case. She prefers that her client’s have all of the knowledge necessary prior to making any big decisions. She is active in the professional community as a member of the California Bar, the Orange County Bar Association, the Young Lawyers Division, and the American Bar Association. Ms. Heinz is also fluent in Farsi.

Ms. Heinz is committed to the intelligent and effective representation of the law firm’s family law clients.

To contact Ms. Heinz to discuss your matter further, please complete the “Contact Us” form or call her line directly at (949) 724-8857.

Brown | Dahan family law practice include the representation of clients with the following matters:

  • Dissolution of marriage, legal separation and annulment
  • Spousal support, both on a temporary basis and consistent with the marital standard of life and FC 4320 factors
  • Child custody and visitation including those that involve move away, parental alienation, abuse or neglect
  • Child support including establishment of the initial support order, modification and enforcement
  • Paternity actions, including establishing parental rights and visitation
  • Post judgment modification proceedings, including support and custody
  • Temporary Restraining Orders
  • Motions involving forced sale of properties and division of assets and debts
  • Default judgments

Staff Profile

photo__2256402_staff3photo  Ms. McGinnis hails from Kentucky. She studied Business Administration and Accounting at The University of Louisville and has more than 30 yrs. experience in these areas. Ms. McGinnis joined Brown & Dahan in 2011 as a legal assistant. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, entertaining friends and running the trails in Irvine.