Donna Bader
Law Offices of Donna Bader

668 North Coast Highway, Ste. 1355
Laguna Beach, California 92651, United States
Phone: 949-494-7455
Fax: 949-494-1017
Areas of Practice
  • Appellate Practice

Practice/Organization Description

Since 1980 I have specialized in the area of civil appeals and writs. I successfully passed the second exam given by the State Bar for certification as an appellate specialist in 1999. Not only do I handle appeals, but I am a frequent lecturer and author on appellate subjects. I love the intellectual challenge of working on appeals!

I also spent many years working on law and motion matters on a consulting basis for other attorneys. My book, California Summary Judgment and Related Termination Motions, is now published by The Rutter Group. If that wasn't enough, I spent over five years as the editor of several legal magazines for plaintiff's lawyers, including Plaintiff, The Advocate, The Forum, and The Gavel.

After more than 30 years of practicing law and editing legal magazines, I am trying to expand my interests to more creative pursuits. I have written several plays and try to improve my skills as a photographer.

Bar Admissions

California State Bar and State courts (1977)

United States Supreme Court (1999)

United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit (1998)

Southern District, United States District Court (1991)

Central District, United States District Court (1996)

Eastern District, United States District Court (1998)


Western State University College of Law, Received J.D. in June 1977.

Institut International des Droits de L'Homme (International Institute of Human Rights), Strasbourg, France, 1979

Professional Associations & Memberships

Orange County Trial Lawyers Association

Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles

Orange County Bar Association

Celtic Bar Association

Honors and Awards

Board Member of the Year, 2003, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association

Presidential Award of Merit, 2005, Consumer Attorneys of California

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