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Donna J. Donati





University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1977

Wayne State University, B.A.

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An experienced trial lawyer, Donna Donati has represented both private and public sector employers in all types of discrimination, sex and racial harassment and wrongful discharge cases in state and federal courts throughout Michigan. 

She has 20 years’ experience in representing newspapers, radio stations and magazines in defamation and invasion of privacy lawsuits, as well as prepublication counseling to avoid litigation. With a recent explosion of defamation suits against employers, Donna has defended private companies, their individual officers and public sector clients in such litigation. She also is a member of the firm’s Automotive Group.


Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor & Employment Law, 2005-present

Best Lawyers in America, Labor & Employment Law 2007-2011; Employment Law-Management and Labor Law-Management 2012-present

Michigan Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women Michigan Super Lawyers 2008-2009 Labor & Employment 2006-present

Benchmark Litigation, Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys 2010-present

DBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyers, Labor and Employment 2011-present

Benchmark Litigation, Top 250 Women in Litigation 2012

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan, Labor Law Section

Federal Bar Association

Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association

Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Michigan Trial Lawyers' Association

Michigan Defense Trial Counsel

Oakland County Trial Lawyers' Association