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Dona Cohn-Payne

Car accident Attorney at Sonoma, CA

5.0   7 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 35 years
    Florida - FL 40 years
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1989
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1983
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Dona

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Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    People and their families who are victims of collisions face many obstacles in getting back on the road to recovery. Medical bills, lost wages, health insurance and obtaining necessary medical care are just some of the issues that we help our clients deal with. We cannot turn back the hands of time and make the collision not occur, but obtaining financial compensation is important to lessen the impact on a person's quality of life.

    41 years

  2. Motorcycle accident
    Over the last 27 years, I have represented many clients who have been the victim of automobile versus motorcycle collisions. These collisions usually result in serious injuries to the rider and I am committed to making sure that the insurance companies do not try to blame the collision on the motorcycle driver, as is often the case.

    41 years

  3. Slip and fall accident

    41 years

  4. Mediation
    As a court-approved mediator for the Sonoma Superior Court, it is very rewarding to assist the parties in resolving their disputes. It is my opinion that all cases, no matter how small or large should participate in a mediation process.

    14 years

Dona Cohn-Payne has been practicing personal injury law for over 27 years. She has extensive experience in automobile personal injury, civil litigation, medical malpractice, premises liability, and products liability. She has been heavily involved in all aspects of litigation and mediation process.

 Ms. Cohn-Payne is also a judge pro-tem, a discovery facilitator with the Sonoma County Superior Court and a court approved Sonoma County Superior Court mediator.  In the past, Ms. Cohn-Payne has acted as a settlement conference panelist for the San Francisco County Superior Court. She has been a consulting editor for Matthew Bender's Automobile Liability publication of Practice and Pleadings and a contributing editor of The Art of Advocacy and California Forms of Jury Instructions published by Lexus Nexis.  Additionally, she is also co-author of The California Automobile Collision Handbook. Ms. Cohn-Payne has been a guest lecturer providing her expertise in the area of premises liability law.

She has been a Florida State Bar member since 1983 and a member of the California State Bar since 1989. Memberships include: Consumer Attorneys of California, Sonoma Bar Association.

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Dona Cohn-Payne
Po Box 262
Sonoma, CA, 954760262
Cohn Law Firm
Po Box 262
Sonoma, CA, 95476-0262
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Posted by Christina | August 21, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Dona is the best!
I hired Dona after I was badly injured in an auto accident by someone running a red light. Dona is highly experienced and knowledgable, as well as compassionate. She helped me through difficult times and helped me keep focused on doctor visits and questions I needed answers to from the doctors and therapists; encouraged me through necessary surgery. She helped me maintain patience in the more than two years it took to complete my surgery and therapies to settle the case satisfactorily. She has more than normal investigative abilities which played an important part in my case. I give her a 10 out 5 stars.
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Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2011
Great Attorney
Dona is truly an advocate. She is knowledgable and I could not ask for anything more. She listens and was excellent in providing information and answering all my questions.
Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2011
Smart and aggressive.
Dona is smart and aggressive. She was clear from the outset about the strengths and weaknesses of our case. The other lawyer and the insurance company were familiar with her, and respected her. She got us a good result and I'd choose her as our attorney again.
Posted by Linda | July 11, 2011
Dona is the best personal injury attorney!
I hired Dona Cohn Payne to represent me after I was injured as a passenger in an auto accident. I own an insurance agency and was concerned that all attorneys are the same - until I met Dona. She approaches her cases with the highest integrity and fights for her clients. Instead of getting 70% of my medical bills covered (the best offer the insurance company would give me), Dona got me 100% covered as well as reimbursement for lost wages and a very fair amount for pain and suffering. She is amazing!
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Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2008
Great Attorney meets Car Insurance Accident Case needing legal help-
When I was referred to Dona I was relieved. I had been hassled with all the interviews from the insurance companies,therapies, and agents wanting to wrap things up. I was not healed and every body is different. I found her professionalism and her staff to be my biggest selling point. Detail oriented, concise and looking out for my well being; expressing empathy and humanity, and a fair deal a great strength. The benefit to me was healing from the incident physically which was my right and turning over the process of resolution legally to her. I would use Dona again as my attorney and refer her services to others.
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Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2008
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Very well-prepared, very smart, excellent communication skills. Ms. Cohn-Payne has been great at keeping me informed on the status of my case. She is good at gently reminding me of the various paperwork I need to get back to her for my case. HIGHLY recommend!
Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2008
Dr. Suzanne Hanson
I have had the pleasure of working with Ms. Cohn on a personal injury case. She always treated my patient with the utmost concern and professionalism. She is very informed regarding the industry and provided personal attention to the case. Ms. Cohn is detail oriented and stayed in contact with my office ensuring that the patient was making progress with the recovery from her injuries. When it came time to settle the case, she always had the client's interest at heart and had no problem defending the case. I would have no problems recommending Ms. Cohn as a exceptional personal injury attorney.
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AVVO RATING 7.1 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Cohn Law Firm
  • 2002 - Present


  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Auto Collision, Plaintiff Suffers Ligament & Knee Injury
  • $623,500.00
  • Carbon Dioxide Poisoning
  • $1 Million Dollars
  • Dangerous Condition of Property-Fractured Ankle
  • $335,000.00
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  • Sonoma County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Practice & Pleadings
  • Automobile Liability
  • 2007
  • California Automobile Collision Handbook
  • Co-Author
  • 2006
  • The Art of Advocacy
  • Expert Witness Examination
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Mealey's Commercial Premises Liability
  • premises liability law
  • 2004

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Car accident Attorney | Mar 06
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"I endorse this lawyer. Dona is one of the top personal injury attorneys in Northern California. Numerous lawyers, including myself, regularly refer cases to her due to her knowledge and expertise, and she is frequently sought out as a mediator based on that experience."
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