Receive a text message from Avvo with this lawyer's phone number and link to their profile for easier access from your mobile device.
|Principal||Donaldson Law Office||2010 - Present|
|President & Chief Executive Officer||Lee Food Service||2005 - 2010|
|Professor||Pennsylvania State University||2004 - 2009|
|Deputy Attorney General||Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office||2003 - 2005|
|Partner||Hippo & Donaldson Law Offices||2001 - 2003|
|Public Defender||Blair County Public Defender's Office||2001 - 2003|
|Attorney||Evey, Routch, Black, Dorezas, Magee & Levine, LLP||1999 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Blair County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|Department of Sociology, Penn State University||Vice Chair||N/A|
|United Way of Blai County||Former President||2001 - 2003|
|Altoona Mirror||Prosecutors strive to ‘personalize’ children in case||2012|
|Altoona Mirror||‘Excited utterance’ permissible as evidence||2012|
|Altoona Mirror||Commentary: Sandusky likely to take the stand||2012|
|Altoona Mirror||Sandusky defense team grasping at straws||2012|
|University of Miami School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
Posted by ke yang
I hired attorney Donaldson to represent me in the criminal court in Centre County. During our initial consultation, it appeared that he was very knowledgeable about my case, and was able to plan out defense strategies for my criminal charges. He told me what needed to be done to fight my case, as well as negotiate a more favorable plea agreement than my previous public defender. During my first free meeting with him, he asked to pay a fee of $2,500. I asked his secretary "kate" when I should pay and she responded that as soon as I pay my fees, they will promise to start working on the case. However, once my fees were collected, I had called in multiple times into the law office to inquire about my case with no legitimate responses. Kate was always telling me preposterous things such as "Attorney Donaldson has been working on your case, but he is too busy to return your calls" "We are not sure what Attorney Donaldson has been doing" "Attorney Donaldson discussed your case with someone, but we do not know what he did". I even wrote multiple emails directly to attorney Donaldson, but with no responses at all. When it was just a few days before the pretrial conference, I ran into one of is colleagues, Wayne Bradburn, informing me that he will be working on my case, and will be looking at the relevant facts of my case. And when I asked Kate what was happening, she told me that attorney Donaldson will not be attending my pretrial conference any more, and that attorney Bradburn will be replacing him. However, another person, called Marc Decker, showed up for my pretrial conference. Then I started asking Kate, & Bradburn: "How exactly is the case being handled". They both answered that "attorney Donaldson was only responsible for getting clients in, and someone else works on the case." I was so devastated at that point, knowing what they told me. We had to work out a plea agreement for the jury selection, but they were still pushing things back because they did not send anything to the DA's office for review just 2 days before jury selection, and we ended up with the same plea agreement as my public defender's. I also learned that the law firm had done absolutely nothing regarding my case until just a few days before the pretrial conference, either in terms of court preparation, or plea negotiations with the DA's office. Attorney Bradburn was telling me that there was a dichotomy between the fact that I hired them for zealous representation, and that I do not seem to have any trust in them. But if you are a sane person, you know whose fault it is, and who is to blame. Obviously they were, as attorney Donaldson charged an outstanding fee, and put no effort into my case, and they were procrastinating all the time.
Posted by daniel
I hired attorney Donaldson to handle my criminal case at about 6-12 months ago. He was very nice to talk to only on the phone. But after I paid him a chunk of money, he never cared about my case. There were no emails, no telephone conversations, or virtually any forms of communication between me and him regarding by legal situation as soon as he received my fee. During this whole process, I was outsmarted by his staff members who continually told me that he had been working on my case in some means, but it was also obvious that they were telling me conflicting versions of what Attorney Donaldson had done. When the whole case was over, I asked their staff members to provide me a receipt showing the amount of work devoted to the case. It was made apparent from the receipt that attorney Donaldson had done absolutely nothing. There are much better attorneys out there, and attorney Donaldson is just disingenuous towards his clients, and offers no responsibility at all.
Posted by anonymous
I hired attorney Donaldson to deal with my case. He asked me to pay a representation fee, and after that, he had never showed up to court to represent me. It's rather that the other attorneys in his company kept on taking turns to show up in court to represent me. After having paid him a big chunk of money (around several thousand dollars), I feel extremely disappointed that he never even answered my phone calls, responded to my emails, or even cared to discuss my case with me, except after the initial consultation. When I tried to contact his office, his staff kept on telling me that he is either busy or out of the office.
Endorsements from fellow lawyers are an important consideration for many when selecting the right attorney. Be the first to endorse your colleague!