Kathleen A. Donahue, Attorney

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Kathleen Donahue practices in the areas of business litigation, and labor and employment litigation. Ms. Donahue’s practice is primarily focused on representing management in labor and employment disputes with an emphasis on employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful discharge litigation, as well as wage and hour claims, including meal, rest break and overtime disputes. She also represents clients in all facets of the construction industry.

Ms. Donahue is admitted to practice before all California state courts and all United States District Courts in California. She received her juris doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she graduated cum laude and was made a member of the Order of the Coif. While in law school, Ms. Donahue served as an extern for the Honorable Anthony J. Battaglia and the Honorable Mitchell D. Dembin at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Her academic achievements in law school include earning tkdohe CALI award in Civil Procedure II. Ms. Donahue received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Villanova University.

Bar Admissions

  • California (state courts)
  • U.S. District Courts of California (Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern)

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif - University of San Diego School of Law
  • B.A., Villanova University

Representative Experience

Defense Of Employment Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

The firm defended an international manufacturer of environmental and construction specialty products in an employment discrimination lawsuit filed by a former employee. The employee brought claims for disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, failure to engage in the interactive process, failure to prevent discrimination, and wrongful termination under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”). He alleged he was fired due to back and neck injuries he sustained in an automobile accident even though he was able to perform his job with reasonable accommodations. The firm removed the case to federal court and discovered the employee was simultaneously pursuing a separate personal injury lawsuit alleging he was so injured he could no longer work. The firm went on the offensive, aggressively arguing malicious prosecution. The employee sought over $300,000 in lost wages, punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees. In the end, the firm successfully negotiated a settlement for a tiny fraction of the amount demanded by the employee, saving the client valuable costs and time.