Richard E. Donahoo

Richard E. Donahoo has practiced law in California for more than 20 years and is the founder of Donahoo & Associates, PC. A plaintiff’s attorney, Donahoo achieves justice for his clients through trial, appeal, settlement or arbitration. He is a passionate advocate for those who have suffered a financial loss or been injured.

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Donahoo has extensive experience in both individual and class actions. His efforts have resulted in multi-million dollar judgments and restitution for his clients. Donahoo is frequently recognized for his successful representation of clients. His awards include:

  • Top Gun Trial Attorney of the Year
    Twice (OCTLA: 2015, 2017)
  • California Top 100 Trial Lawyer
    Since 2007 (National Trial Lawyers: 2007-2017)
  • Southern California SuperLawyer
    Nine times (SuperLawyers: 2007-2013, 2015-2018)

Donahoo is admitted to practice in California state and federal courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Colorado federal courts and the US Supreme Court. California federal courts include US District Courts for Southern, Central and Northern California.

Donahoo graduated cum laude from Western State College of Law in 1996. During his studies, he was awarded Moot Court Best Brief. He also authored “Recovering Expert Fees – A Closer Look”, published in California Construction Law Reporter. Donahoo has an undergraduate degree from California Polytechnic State University.

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Donahoo began his legal career as an associate at Horton Barbaro & Reilly.

In 1998 he founded Donahoo & Associates, PC. The firm is located in Tustin, California and represents clients throughout California and on federal issues across the country.

Donahoo leads a team of experienced attorneys that routinely takes on large corporations and government entities whose wrongdoing causes damages and injuries, holding them accountable.

Donahoo has litigated cases on behalf of hundreds of clients and won significant recoveries for clients in both settlements and verdicts. For a sample of cases see Case Results.