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Post Office Box 277010, Sacramento, California 95827-7010

James R. Donahue

Managing Partner


Email:  JDonahue@DonahueDavies.com

Mr. Donahue attended the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, graduating in 1982. He was admitted to the California Bar in December 1982. Mr. Donahue was an associate with the law firm of Donahue & Callaham, with an emphasis in professional liability, general personal injury defense, insurance coverage and construction law. In August, 1983, he joined the firm of Bullen, McKone, McKinley, Gay, Keitges & Pach and continued to practice in the areas of motor vehicle, and general insurance defense, with an added emphasis in professional liability. He also holds a Master of Laws Degree in Taxation, which has been beneficial in handling professional liability matters involving lawyers, accountants, and real estate agents and brokers. Since formation of the firm in December of 1984, Mr. Donahue has continued to emphasize his practice in the areas of commercial, construction, premises liability, motor vehicle, mold litigation, and professional liability insurance defense. He also handles matters involving insurance coverage and declaratory relief, and maintains an active trial practice. Mr. Donahue has an extensive background in the area of Real Property Law. He has advised purchasers and sellers regarding the interpretation and enforcement of real estate purchase and sale agreements. He has formed real estate LLC’s for clients and has served as manager and attorney for several such entities. He has represented landlords and tenants in the negotiation and drafting of commercial and residential leases. Mr. Donahue has advised sellers and agents on disclosure requirements under California Law. He has represented buyers and sellers in real estate disclosure claims and litigation. He has represented landlords and tenants in claims and litigation relating to habitability issues, rent control ordinances, and the handling of mold, lead, and other environmental contamination issues. Mr. Donahue has also advised homeowners associations on matters relating to CC&R violations and enforcement. Mr. Donahue regularly participates in seminars on behalf of various clients on topics including liability claims handling, mold litigation, medical cost containment, professional risk management, and case law reviews. Mr. Donahue serves as an arbitrator and mediator in Sacramento, Solano and El Dorado Counties. He also serves as a settlement conference Judge Pro Tem in Sacramento and El Dorado Counties. He is a member of the Northern California Association of Defense Counsel, and was formerly a member of the Board of Directors of the Association. Mr. Donahue is been an active member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) since 1999.

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  • LL.M. (taxation) University of The Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1984
  • J.D. University of The Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1982
  • B.S. Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, 1979


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