ATTORNEY DAWN RENKEN
Dawn Renken is an accomplished traveler, having lived places from South Dakota to Texas to Geneva, Switzerland, where she studied international law abroad. Dawn graduated from the University of Texas in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. She attended Ohio Northern Law School on a Barrister scholarship, where she earned her Juris Doctorate in 2003, graduating with distinction, in the top ten percent of her class. She was licensed in Texas in 2003 and has practiced primarily family law for her entire career.
Dawn had a successful law school career, participating in Moot Court, becoming a Moot Court Associate Judge and the National Trial Competition Team Coach; eventually sitting as one of the esteemed Moot Court Board of Advocates.
She earned almost every academic accolade awarded in law school, including being invited to become a member of the prestigious Order of Barristers and Willis Society. After earning the A+ Book Award in Criminal Law, Dawn was asked to work as the Criminal Law teaching assistant to the incoming class. Dawn’s grade point average was high enough to earn her a position as an Associate Editor of the Ohio Northern Law Review, later graduating sixth in her class.
Ms. Renken has published two law articles, one on campaign finance reform laws, one on the First Amendment.
Prior to law school, Dawn worked in accounting and business, developing a keen business acumen and knowledge of accounting that has been invaluable in her law career. In her free time, Dawn enjoys running marathons and participating in triathlons, successfully completing several 70.3 Ironman distance triathlons. Dawn also enjoys volunteering at Rock Steady Boxing North Houston, where she coaches people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Leadership, Membership & Honors
Dawn is certified as an Amicus Attorney, a Guardian Ad Litem and an Attorney Ad Litem through the Children’s Friend in Court Program in Harris County. She is also an active member of the Houston Bar Association, including its Family Law sections. She helps in her community through volunteering with the Houston Bar Association and various other organizations.
ATTORNEY NATALIE MARKHAM
Natalie Markham graduated from University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. She later attended University of Houston Law Center, graduating in 2017.
Prior to law school, Natalie worked in family law as a legal assistant and law clerk since the age of eighteen. She has focused on marital property rights throughout the course of her career, making that her primary focus during law school classes.
Since graduating, Natalie worked at BDO USA, LLP for one of the top-rated marital property tracing experts in the state of Texas. Additionally, she has highly prioritized mediation and negotiation training, ultimately placing first in the Lorance Thompson Mediation Competition at University of Houston Law Center.
During her free time, Natalie usually spends time with her husband and brothers, hiking, camping, and barbequing. Naturally, her two dogs are always a part of all gatherings and hobbies.
Honors and Awards
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I would highly suggest Dawn Renken, absolutely got positive results throughout my time getting child custody for my son. She gets down to the point and works very hard to get what you need. Very thankful that I am able to see my son again!
“Dawn was very honest and knowledgeable in all the details that we discussed surrounding my situation and I appreciated that. She was available whenever I had a question and responded to my emails in a timely manner.”
She not only knows the law in Texas like the palm of her hand, but most importantly knows the Courts in Harris County, the judges, and the procedures very well. She's a master of the rules of engagement in front of the judge...
I highly recommend Dawn Renken. She is a prepared, efficient, to the point, no nonsense lawyer. I am extremely please with the swiftness and outcome of my divorce. I had a amicable divorce, but even so once we got to court the judge called out specific issues he typically has in court and she had everything he needed on hand. Needless to say he was very please and honestly, seemed shocked. If you want the smoothest transition possible through such a difficult time hire Renken Law Firm!
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