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Danielle M. Sawyer

Associate

Overview

Danielle's transparent legal approach provides our clients with a profound sense of security and hope about their futures. As part of the Tax, Estates and Business Practice, Danielle offers trusted legal guidance through a broad range of estate and tax planning, estate administration, and guardianship matters. She works primarily with individuals, families, and businesses, along with their accountants, financial advisors, and plan administrators, to ensure that each strategic plan is tailored specifically to the needs of our clients.

Prior to joining Morris James, Danielle was part of the Estate, Trusts and Elder Law department in a mid-size firm where she worked with clients to develop personalized estate plans (including trusts, wills, power of attorney, advance health care directives, corporate documents and deeds) to protect and preserve their assets and minimize federal estate and income taxes. Danielle began her legal career as a legal assistant/paralegal. She gained a wide range of experience in estate planning, estate and trust administration, real estate, and business law prior to becoming an attorney.

Danielle has a passion for helping others, especially those who have served in our nation’s armed forces. She has several family members and friends who have served and are currently serving our country across all of the service branches. This personal perspective drives Danielle to help our  and their families with several complex legal concepts surrounding Veteran’s benefits.  

Danielle received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Widener University Delaware Law School where, as an evening division student, she was President of the Moot Court Honor Society, a member of Transactional Law Honor Society, and winner of the Fall 2018 Alternative Dispute Resolution Competition. Danielle received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware in 2012 and she earned her Paralegal Certificate in 2013 from the University of Delaware's Division of Professional and Continuing Studies.

Outside of work, Danielle is the Public Relations Director for Why I Love Jesus, a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing personal faith stories worldwide. She also volunteers as a judge for interscholastic competitions for Widener University Delaware Law School.

Professional Affiliations

Delaware Law Moot Court Honor Society, 2017-2020

  • President, 2019-2020
  • DiBona Competition Chair, 2018-2019
  • Graham Foundation Award recipient, which is awarded annually to the graduating student whose demonstrated intellect and commitment to the Moot Court Honor Society merit exceptional recognition, 2020

Delaware Law Transactional Law Honor Society, 2019-2020 Delaware Law Fall Alternative Dispute Resolution Competitions

  • Finalist, 2017
  • Winner, 2018

BarBri Representative, 2016-2020
Student Member of the Delaware Paralegal Association, 2013-2015
University of Delaware Gamma Sigma Sigma National Community Service Sorority, 2011-2012

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Recognition

Honors

Graham Foundation Award Recipient - 2020

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Admissions

Delaware
Pennsylvania
Maryland

Education

Widener University Delaware Law School, JD, Cum Laude 2020
University of Delaware, Continuing Studies Paralegal Program, 2013
University of Delaware, BA, 2012

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