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Alan J. Donato

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Sacramento, CA

Donato Legal Group
1383 Garden Highway, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone: 916-827-2697
Fax: 916-303-1561
Selected to Rising Stars: 2019 - 2021
Licensed in California Since: 2009
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (50%), Appellate (20%), Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%), Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

With a proven track record of winning for his clients and passionately advocating for the rights of those who have been accused of committing a crime, Alan J. Donato is a criminal defense attorney at the Donato Legal Group. Representing clients in California, he is experienced in all areas of complex criminal litigation, cannabis law and white collar crime. The Donato Legal Group is also the leading firm in regards to administrative appeals of costly cannabis abatement penalties levied against homeowners.  

Mr. Donato earned a Juris Doctor, graduating in the top 10% of his class at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. While in law school, he was also certified in oral advocacy, and for his skills in courtroom advocacy, he was given high honors and inducted into The Order of Barristers. After graduation, he worked for a time as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, where he had the chance to help train young lawyers in trial advocacy.

The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, as well as, Attorney and Practice Magazine both named Mr. Donato one of the 10 Best Attorneys in California, and he was inducted into the Lawyers of Distinction Honor Society.  In 2020, the Donato Legal Group was recognized as one of the top 10 criminal defense law firms in California by the "Best of the Best."  Sacramento Magazine also named Mr. Donato one of Sacramento's Top Lawyers in 2019 and 2021, and he is a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys.  

National Public Radio recently published a piece about one of Mr. Donato's cases whereby a Sacramento Superior Court Judge dismissed a $270,000 fine against his client and ruled that the City of Sacramento had violated his client's constitutional rights to fair notice and due process.  The City was forced to dismiss the case and the lien against his client's home.  For more information about the Donato Legal Group or this particular case, please visit their website at Donato.Legal

Practice Areas
  • 50%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Appellate
  • 10%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 10%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents

Selections

3 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2019 - 2021

About Alan J. Donato

First Admitted: 2009, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.donato.legal/our-team/alan-donato/

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Adjunct professor of trial advocacy (mock trial) at McGeorge School of Law.

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Head tee ball coach for Land Park Pacific Little League, 2019
  • Assistant JV Baseball Coach for McClatchy High School in Sacramento.

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Proud father of three beautiful daughters with a son on the way in March.  Happily married to my wife since December of 2008., 2021

Honors/Awards

  • Recognized as an expert in the area of criminal defense and the top Lawyer in Sacramento, Top Attorney, Sacramento Magazine, 2021
  • Top 10 criminal defense law firms in California. , Best Law Firm, Best of the Best , 2020
  • "Rising Star in Northern California”, Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2021
  • Top ten attorney in California in the are of criminal defense., Top 10 Attorney, America's Best Attorneys, 2021
  • "Rising Star in Northern California”, Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2020
  • "Rising Star in Northern California”, Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2019
  • Top 10 Criminal Law Attorneys in California, Top Ten Attorney, Attorney and Practice Magazine, 2019
  • Recognized as an expert in the area of criminal defense and the top Lawyer in Sacramento, Top Attorney, Sacramento Magazine, 2019
  • Selected as among the top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys in the USA., Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Nation, National Trial Lawyers, 2018
  • 10 Best Attorneys in California for exceptional and outstanding client service, Best in Client Service, American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, 2017
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Office Location for Alan J. Donato

1383 Garden Highway
Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95833

Phone: 916-827-2697

Fax: 916-303-1561

Last Updated: 10/19/2021

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