Mr. Donner is an experienced trial attorney who specializes in business and commercial litigation, fiduciary litigation, domestic relations litigation, employment litigation, criminal defense, and maritime law. He focuses his commercial and employment litigation in the areas of Title VII, state law wrongful discharge actions, trade secrets litigation and business conspiracy actions. He focuses his domestic practice in the area of complex equitable distribution issues, custody, visitation and support. He has years of experience in criminal defense, including defending the most serious felonies.
Mr. Donner’s experience extends from the civilian arena to maritime law. After graduating from the Naval Academy in 1983, he entered the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program. During his 10-year tenure with the Navy, he was assigned to three submarines: USS Henry Clay (as an Engineer), USS Sam Rayburn (as an Engineer), and USS Finback (as a Navigator). Mr. Donner earned a Master’s Degree in National Security Affairs, with Distinction, from the Naval Postgraduate School in California, where his concentration was strategic nuclear planning. While attending law school classes at night (George Mason University School of Law), Mr. Donner worked during the day for the Defense Mapping Agency (now, the national Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency) as a Navigation Scientist. He clerked for Federal Magistrate Judge Tommy Miller.
Mr. Donner moved home to Richmond, his birthplace, in 2011. He spends his free time trying to keep pace with his 15 grandchildren.