Before becoming an attorney, Donna was a lobbyist for various education interest groups in the State of Texas, including teachers and, ultimately, the property-poor school districts who sued the state over the unconstitutionality of the school finance system. She has always sided with the underdog in a fight.
When she started her career in asbestos litigation, Donna was appalled at the extent to which companies hid the dangers of asbestos from the workers who worked with and around it on a daily basis. She soon saw that this was another fight for the underdog. Having been raised a military brat herself, Donna is very proud to be representing so many clients who gave service to this nation. She also feels strongly that it is important to champion those who spent a lifetime working hard to put food on the table and to raise a family, and who now are sick because of the jobs they did.
When out of the office, Donna serves on the board of Women on the Border, a social justice non-profit, and of the Texas chapter of the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC-Texas). She also enjoys the arts scene in her hometown of Austin, where she is a member of the Austin Theater Alliance and the Austin Film Society.
Donna received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University), her master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin, and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law.