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About me

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.


Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 100%
    36 years



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  • Linda A Iannelli

    Donna is one of the Best. If you need assistance with an Appeal, Donna is your go to girl!


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  • Christopher Robb Aitken

    Donna Bader is a great advocate for her client. I endorse this lawyer.


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Contact info

Law Offices of Donna Bader

668 North Coast Highway
Suite 1355
Laguna Beach, CA, 92651


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
CAOC Presidential Award of MeritConsumer Attorneys of California2005
Distinguished Service AwardConsumer Attorneys of Los Angeles2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneySelf-employed1980 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMember2005 - Present
Orange County Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2000 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember1978 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Grassilli v. Barr (2006) 142 Cal.App.4th 1260Affirmed in part; reversed in part
Presta v. TepperAffirmed judgment
Nguyen-Lam v. CaoAffirmed.
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Publication nameTitleDate
AdvocateUnderstanding Standards of Review2009
AdvocateSharpening Your Oral Argument Skills2008
Plaintiff Magazine (California)Looking Back at the End of the Case: What will Your Client Think of You?2008
Plaintiff Magazine (California)Opposing Motions for Summary Judgment2007
ForumOops! I Forgot to Object!2005
The WarriorStory Telling in Briefwriting2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Golden West CollegePhilosophyBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
OCTLA Hot TopicsCourt of Appeal2009
Last DashAnti-SLAPP Motions2009
Summary Judgment and Other Motions to TerminateSummary judgment and other motions2008
Civil WritsCivil Writs2006
California Regional Trial Lawyers AssociationLaw & Motion2006
Appellate SectionAppellate Ethics2006
Last DashBasic Appellate Procedure2005
HBA 20th Annual Mexico SeminarAppellate Procedure2005
CAOC Annual Ski SeminarAppellate Procedure2005
Last DashWrit Petitions2004
College of Appellate AdvocacyPresenting Your Case: Briefing and Oral Argument2004
Bridgeport Continuing Education17200 Litigation in California2004
Tort Litigation Practice & ProcedureTort Litigation2003
OCBA Tahiti TripAppellate Procedure2003
CAALA 21st Las Vegas ConventionOpposing Motions for Summary Judgment2003
Writ PetitionsWrit Petitions2002
OCTLA Dinner10 Things You Should Know Before Filing a Writ Petition2002
Celtic Bar Association - IrelandWrit Petitions2002
16th Annual Mexico Seminar in CancunAppellate Procedure2001
OCBA Trip to ArubaDo's and Don'ts of Appellate Procedure2000