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Donna M. Nesselbush

Donna M. Nesselbush

also known as Donna Nesselbush

About me

M. Nesselbush is a founding partner of Marasco
& Nesselbush. Attorney Nesselbush has dedicated
her legal
career to representing thousands of Social
Disability claimants at all levels of review
the Social Security Administration, the Office
of Disability
Adjudication and Review, the Appeals Council, the United States
District Court
and the United States Court of Appeals. She is
a founder
and the Chair of the Rhode Island Bar
Social Security Disability Committee.


Among her many
accomplishments are
precedent setting victories in the United
States Court
of Appeals, resulting in significant awards of
Security Disability benefits to deserving
clients. Attorney
Nesselbush has lectured and written
extensively on the
topic of Social Security Disability law. She
is an active
member of the American and Rhode Island
for Justice. She is a “sustaining member” of
the National
Organization of Social Security Claimants’
Attorney Nesselbush is admitted to practice in
Island, in the United States District Court,
and in
the United States Court of Appeals. She is a
1984 graduate
of Brown University, where she received the
Sarah Doyle
Prize “for having made a significant
contribution to
women on campus and in the community.” She
cum laude from Suffolk University
School of
Law, where she was selected to write for the Law

, and was also awarded the Leo J.
Wyman Award
for having “contributed most to advancing the
and professional responsibilities of a
lawyer.” Attorney
Nesselbush serves as a Municipal Court Judge
for the
City of Pawtucket and is a Rhode Island State
She is proud to be fluent in English, Spanish,
and Portuguese.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese

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Practice areas


  1. Social Security: 100%

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Contact info

Marasco & Nesselbush LLP

685 Westminster Street
Providence, RI, 02903

Marasco & Nesselbush LLP

603 Park Avenue
Woonsocket, RI, 02895

Marasco & Nesselbush LLP

231 Old Tower Hill Road
Suite 206
Wakefield, RI, 02879

Marasco & Nesselbush LLP

51 Jefferson Boulevard
Warwick, RI, 02888



RIAuthorized to practice law199110/30/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
25th Anniversary HonoreeRhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence2004
Certificate of Appreciation, Rhode Island Bar FoundationRhode Island Bar Association1996
Appreciation AwardTravelers Aid Society of Rhode Island1996
Certificate of Appreciation, Office of Justice ProgramsUnited States Department of Justice1995
Appreciation AwardRhode Island Coalition for the Homeless1994
Certificate of Appreciation, Office of Justice ProgramsUnited States Department of Justice1993
Leo J. Wyman AwardSuffolk University Law School1991
Pacesetters: 20 to Watch in the 1990sRhode Island Monthly1989
Sarah Doyle PrizeBrown University1984
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
SenatorRhode Island State Senate2011 - Present
JudgeCity of Pawtucket, Municipal Traffic and Housing Court2004 - Present
PartnerMarasco & Nesselbush LLP1999 - Present
PartnerGreen, Greenburg & Nesselbush1995 - 1999
AssociateYesser, Jessup & Green1992 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Rhode Island Bar AssociationFellow2009 - Present
Rhode Island Bar Association, Social Security Disability Law Sub-CommitteeFounding Member2004 - Present
American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode IslandBoard of Directors1996 - 1996
Rhode Island Bar AssociationAdmitted to Practice1991 - Present
United States District Court for the Distrrict of Rhode IslandAdmitted to Practice1991 - Present
National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ RepresentativesSustaining MemberN/A
Rhode Island Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Social Security Book10 Tips to WIN Your Social Security Disability Case2012
Suffolk University Law ReviewFrom Rule of Thumb to Rule of Law: The Evolution of the Rhode Island Legal System's Response to Domestic Violence1991
Rhode Island Supreme CourtAmicus brief: McMaugh v. State1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Suffolk University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Brown UniversityAmerican CivilizationBA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Rhode Island Bar Association, Annual Meeting (2011)Handling A Social Security Disability Case2011
Rhode Island Bar Association, Annual Meeting (2009)Social Security Disability2009