Rhode Island

Leah J. Donaldson

Leah J. Donaldson

Leah Donaldson regularly interacts with clients reporting injuries sustained by defective medical devices, and provides case management and data preparation for Motley Rice’s pelvic mesh legal team. She represented hundreds of people in cases involving the Composix® Kugel® Mesh hernia patches filed in Rhode Island state court and in federal cases transferred to the Rhode Island District Court’s first multidistrict litigation. In addition, Leah worked on behalf of alleged lead poisoning victims, representing children and their families against property owners.

Leah initially joined Motley Rice as a law clerk in 2006, drafting motions and providing legal research for aviation liability cases on behalf of victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks. Prior to attending law school, Leah worked as an airline emergency response manager, where she witnessed the grief of families and their search for both answers and accountability.

As a law student, Leah was on the editorial staff of The Roger Williams University Law Review. She was a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Society, earned a certificate in mediation, and was selected to represent her law school in various mock trial and mediation competitions. She also worked as a student attorney for the RWU Community Justice and Legal Assistance clinic, as well as completed a judicial externship for the Honorable Bruce M. Selya of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Leah is recognized as an AV® rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®. She is a contributor to A Practical Guide to Discovery and Depositions in Rhode Island (First Edition, September 2010), a two-volume law manual published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education that addresses significant cases in Rhode Island judicial history.

Awards and Accolades:

2013 Rhode Island Super Lawyers® list
2012 Rhode Island Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list

LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell® and ALM Media
2012 “New England’s Women Leaders in the Law”


Rhode Island Association for Justice, Board of Governors
American Association for Justice, Board of Governors
Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association, Past President
American Bar Association
American Civil Liberties Union
American Mensa

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