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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.

Dona Cohn-Payne of Cohn Law Firm       Tel: (707) 935-9393 Fax: (707) 935-9396  Email:


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Po Box 262
Sonoma, CA, 954760262

Cohn Law Firm

Po Box 262
Sonoma, CA, 95476-0262


Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 65%
    33 years
  2. Motorcycle Accident: 20%
    33 years
  3. Slip and Fall: 10%
    33 years
  4. Mediation: 5%
    6 years



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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.


    John Kelly
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentCohn Law Firm2002 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Sonoma County Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1989 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember1989 - Present
Florida BarMember1983 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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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Publication nameTitleDate
Practice & PleadingsAutomobile Liability2007
California Automobile Collision HandbookCo-Author2006
The Art of AdvocacyExpert Witness Examination2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northeastern University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Mealey's Commercial Premises Liabilitypremises liability law2004