Sally M. Donahue


Sally M. Donahue is a partner in the Firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Trusts and Estates Practice Groups.  Ms. Donahue primarily concentrates in Surrogate’s Court litigation, an area in which she has twenty years of experience. Ms. Donahue handles all aspects of Trusts and Estates and Guardianships, including trials and appeals.

Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Donahue was a Court Attorney-Referee at the Nassau County Surrogate’s Court. As a Court Attorney-Referee, Ms. Donahue presided over non-jury hearings, rendered rulings at depositions, conferenced cases, mediated cases to settlement, assisted the Nassau County Surrogate at trial, and prepared decisions and orders, stipulations, trial memoranda and jury instructions. Ms. Donahue also practiced for many years at two prestigious law firms on Long Island in the areas of Trusts and Estates, Guardianships and Commercial Litigation. After graduating from law school, Ms. Donahue was a Law Clerk for a Federal District Judge and a Federal Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of New York. Ms. Donahue taught Legal Ethics from 1991 through 1996 at Adelphi University’s Lawyers’ Assistant Program.

In 1990, Ms. Donahue received her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law School, where she was a Dean’s Fellow, entitling her to a full academic scholarship.  While in law school, Ms. Donahue received five American Jurisprudence Awards and won the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition. Ms. Donahue was a Notes and Comments Editor of the Touro Law Review, where her article, “Copyrightability of Useful Articles: The Second Circuit’s Resistance to Conceptual Separability,” was published. Ms. Donahue received her Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Adelphi University in 1986.

Ms. Donahue is a member of the New York State Bar Association for which she currently serves as a Co-Chair of the Long Section of the Guadian Ad Litem Committee and she is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association where she has been appointed Co-Chair for the 2016-2018 term for the Trusts and Estates Committee. She is a frequent lecturer at Continuing Legal Education programs for both the New York State Bar Association and the Nassau County Bar Association. Ms. Donahue also is a member of the Heckscher Museum Development Committee, the Touro Law School Alumni Executive Board and the Touro Law School Dean’s Advisory Board.

  • B.A., Adelphi University – 1986
  • J.D., Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law School – 1990

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