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Donna was born in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma in 1955, and traveled with her parents throughout the United States as an army brat growing up.  She ended up back in Alabama for high school, while her Dad was in Viet Nam, and went to the University of Alabama for both college and lawschool.  She is an avid reader and enjoys gardening, as is evident from the courtyard garden in the back of her law office.  She is the proud mother of Trip Smalley who practices law in Mobile, ALabama.  Donna also has custody of her niece Rachel Wesson, and her nephew Roy Wesson, who live with her in Jasper, Alabama. 


Donna Wesson Smalley is a passionate advocate for her clients, and a diligent worker, who is respected by her peers.  She enjoys the practice of law, because it allows her to help others. 


Ms. Smalley  runs a boutique practice, and does both state and federal court civil litigation.    As a long time Fellow of the AAML, she does a significant amount of Domestic Relations work, and is sought out as a mediator for cases throughout Alabama.   Having worked for State Farm Automobile Insurance company in their claims department after law school she is excellent at handling automobile accident cases, and personal injury or tort cases of all kinds.   


If you want personal service, and down to earth advice, call for an appointment.   


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
    38 years
  2. Family: 40%
    38 years
  3. Mediation: 20%
    28 years



Hourly ($150-350/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

3 total 

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  • Lisa Marie Ivey

    Donna has handled several domestic relations mediations where my clients were involved. Her sympathy and experience have resulted in numerous settlements that brought peace and resolution of disputes to the involved families. I would not hesitate to use her in any mediation.


    Lisa Ivey Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Stan Glasscox

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Stan Glasscox Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

PO Box 2250
1820 3rd Avenue
Jasper, AL, 35501


ALAuthorized to practice law197907/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
100 Top Trial Lawyers in AmericaNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Super LawyerBirmingham Business Journal2009
Outstanding LawyerWho's Who in American Law -Marquis2007
Pro Bono AwardAlabama State Bar1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerDonna Wesson Smalley, P.C.1984 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Trial Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2012 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Henderson v. HendersonWe won!
Some cases taken up on appealYou win some; You loose some
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Alabama School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
University of AlabamaJournalism and Mass CommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Alabama CLE Divorce IssuesHow to Secure Fair Property Settlements2013