About Us

At Dahl Law, we take equal pride in our professionalism and our people skills. We are a solution-oriented law firm, whether that requires negotiating a settlement or vigorously championing your case in court and other venues.

While we feel that our experience, compassion and, most important, results warrant the fees we charge, we run a cost-conscious and cost-effective practice. 

Our guiding philosophy is this: We always want our clients to feel better for having consulted with us. There should be no other reason to practice law.

The Attorneys

Walter Dahl Bankruptcy Attorney SacramentoWALTER R. DAHL, the firm’s founder, earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1981, where he also was a member of the UCLA Law Review. He had earned his Bachelor of Arts degree three years earlier at the University of the Pacific—where, he is proud to note, his and his sister Candy’s parents had met and fallen in love as students.

In addition to his membership in the State Bar of California since earning his law degree, Walter is admitted to practice law in all of California’s federal courts, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. As noted on our Home Page, he also holds an “AV” rating from the Martindale-Hubbell National Legal Directory, which extends to the firm itself.

Since 1998, Walter has been teaching, as an adjunct professor, Bankruptcy, Secured Transactions and Sales & Leases of Goods at Pacific/McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. He has also taught commercial law at Lincoln Law School and lectured widely on bankruptcy and secured transactions, among other topics.

In 2001, Walter was instrumental in helping establish Viet Nam’s first personal property secured transactions filing system. He had traveled to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi on behalf of the National Registration Agency of Secured Transactions, a newly formed department of the republic’s Ministry of Justice.

During his career, bankruptcy judges have often selected Walter as a delegate to the annual judicial conference of the Eastern District of California. He also:

Walter Dahl believes deeply in public service and contributing to his community. His activities have included active membership in Rotary International, serving as president of Rotary Club of Sacramento from 2006-2007, and serving as an auctioneer for charitable events.

Our Offices

The law offices of Dahl Law are headquartered in an historic one-story cottage at 2304 N Street.

Classified as a “Workingman’s Victorian” with Greek Revival overtones, the cottage was built in 1871 as the residence of Dr. Samuel Woodward Blackwood & Mrs. Jannette L. Blackwood. The original lot might have included the entire northwest quarter of the block bounded by 23rd, 24th, “N” and “O” Streets. (Dr. Blackwood’s father, Dr. William Clark Blackwood, was one of the first physicians in Sacramento; the California Gold Rush had lured him here in 1850.) 

Shortly after Samuel and Jannette Blackwood moved into the home, Dr. Blackwood passed away. In 1875, Mrs. Blackwood sold the property to Michael and Margaret Lynn Hughes who had married in Sacramento in 1868 and ended up raising five children in the home.

Hughes, a stonemason, is credited with laying out the granite steps at the State Capitol. Born in County Tyrone, Ireland, he migrated first to Boston in 1861, and then to San Francisco in 1863 by the Isthmus of Panama route.  He settled in Sacramento in 1866, first working for William Boyne, a general contractor. His wife was a native of County Cavan, Ireland, and had migrated to Sacramento in 1865 with her brother James. 

City directories listed the Hughes residence as the southeast corner of 23rd and N Streets from 1876 through 1892; thereafter, it was listed specifically as 2304 N Street.  It seems likely that the Hughes’s began selling off portions of the property at that time since the architectural details of the two-story Victorian at 2312 N Street—which sits on the western-most of the four lots comprising the original 1/4 block—suggest it was built in the early 1890's.

Margaret Lynn Hughes passed in 1877. Michael Hughes lived to the age of 79, dying in 1916.  Title to the property passed to Michael’s brother John in 1899, and then later to Michael and Margaret’s daughter, Mary Alice Coyle (Mrs. Edward F. Coyle), who kept the house until 1937, when it was sold to Mr. E. C. Pease.

By the early 1970s, 2304 N Street had fallen on hard times. 

The home had been divided into three separate apartments, and suffered several unfortunate “re-models”—including walling in the front entry porch and converting the space to a bathroom to serve the front apartment. 

Nevertheless, noted Sacramento interior designer Jon Siler saw potential underneath the years of deferred maintenance: he and his sister, Luana Siler Dahl, the uncle and mother of Dahl & Dahl partners Walter and Candy, acquired the property in 1976.  Jon Siler supervised a top-to-bottom renovation, which included the creation of a new foundation, complete with a hand-dug basement, all new electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems, a new roof, and the replacement or restoration of seemingly everything in between. 

Burnett & Sons, the Sacramento millworks founded in 1869, even custom-milled redwood shiplap siding to perfectly match the unusual pattern of the original boards (which had likely been milled by none other than Burnett & Sons). 

Original doors, windows and casements were carefully removed and restored, and period original and reproduction fixtures were obtained to replace those items lost to time or age.

In 1979, 2304 N Street opened for business as the offices of Siler-King Design Associates, a well-respected commercial and interior design firm.  Since then, the structure has served as the offices for Howard R. Perkins, Architect, and now for Dahl Law, Attorneys At Law.

Awards & Recognition

Designated as a historically significant “Priority” structure by the Sacramento City Council [Ordinance No. 4221, 4th Series, enacted May 15, 1979].

Winner of America’s Highest Award for Distinctive Residential Architecture as selected by the Architectural Preservation League of the State of California, listed in the League’s publication “America’s Best Homes”.

Our Logo

Our firm’s logo is an adaptation of a Chinese symbol of justice.

We thought it was far more important to adapt this graphic and its meaning than to simply illustrate our firm’s name. We hope you agree.