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Donna, a member of the firm’s Appellate Group, is a former clerk to Judge Frank H. Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She has extensive experience with complex, high-stakes commercial litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels. Donna works closely with clients to tailor fee arrangements and litigation strategies to the clients’ business objectives, cost parameters, and definitions of success. 

Awards & Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America: Selected for inclusion in the area of Appellate Practice (2013-2016)
  • Benchmark Litigation: Named a 2013 “Appellate Star” in Pennsylvania for her work in the Third Circuit
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Philadelphia Magazine: Named a Pennsylvania "Rising Star" (2005) 
  • The National Law Journal: Named Donna’s successful representation of a conservative Amish sect in a religious freedom case (Commonwealth v. Miller) as one of the country’s most significant pro bono representations of 2003 
  • Philadelphia Magazine: Named a "Pennsylvania Lawyer on the Fast Track" (2002)


  • University of Chicago Law School, 1992, J.D., with honors, Recipient of the John M. Olin Award as the Outstanding Graduate in Law and Economics; Recipient of the John M. Olin Fellowship in Law & Economics (1990 and 1991); Executive Editor of the University of Chicago Law Review
  • University of Notre Dame, 1986, B.A., Finance, with high honors

  • Pennsylvania
  • Illinois

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
  • State Supreme Court - Pennsylvania
  • State Supreme Court - Illinois

  • Third Circuit Bar Association – Member, Board of Governors; Chair, Membership Committee
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association 
  • American Bar Association – Litigation sections 
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association – Civil Litigation Section; Federal Practice Section; Appellate Advocacy and Practice Committee
  • Allegheny County Bar Association

  • Honorable Frank H. Easterbrook, U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit