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Michael Frederic Donner

Michael Frederic Donner

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Michael F. Donner is a Partner in Lubin Olson's Litigation and Finance and Workouts Practice Groups.  He specializes in the litigation, arbitration and informal resolution of challenging commercial disputes.   

Mr. Donner was named by American Lawyer Media as one of the nation's "Top Rated Lawyers in Commercial Litigation" and one of San Francisco Bay Area's "Top Rated Lawyers."  He also was honored by Thompson Reuters as a Northern California "Super Lawyer."  Mr. Donner received a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent®, "the highest level of professional excellence."

Mr. Donner represents a diverse array of clients, ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to start-ups, partnerships, families, and individuals.  His practice is broad and encompasses numerous subject matter areas, including real estate, business and contracts,  employment, trade secrets and restrictive covenants, unfair competition and false advertising, defamation, construction defects, shareholder/partner/investor rights, receiverships, and professional liability and compliance (real estate broker, securities broker, appraiser, design professional, legal and accounting).  Mr. Donner also regularly advises clients on non-litigation matters relevant to their businesses.

Mr. Donner has served three consecutive California Governors in their selection and appointment of state court judges as a member of the Judiciary Committee of the San Francisco Bar Association (2000-2004) and the Judicial Appointments Committee of the Los Angeles Bar Association (1995-2000).  He is a frequent speaker and author on business and litigation issues and has served on the boards of several Bay Area non-profit and civic organizations.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 100%
    24 years, 2 thousand cases



Hourly ($495/hour)

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Lubin Olson Niewiadomski LLP

The Transamerica Pyramid
600 Montgomery St 14th Fl
San Francisco, CA, 94111-2702


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyStern, Neubauer, Greenwald & Pauly2011 - 2011
AttorneyCrosby Heafey Roach & May2011 - 2011
PartnerStein & Lubin LLP2011 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bar Association of San FranciscoMember, Judiciary Committee2000 - 2005
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionChair, Litigation & ADR Committee1999 - 2003
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember, Judiial Appointments Committee1997 - 2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
UC Hastings COLLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Columbia UniversityReal Estate DevelopmentM.S.1988
Columbia UnivN/AA.B.1987