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Donna M. MacKenzie

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Berkley, MI

Olsman MacKenzie Peacock & Wallace
2684 West Eleven Mile Road
Berkley, MI 48072
Phone: 248-591-2300
Fax: 248-591-2304
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2008, 2010 - 2012
Licensed in Michigan Since: 2004
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (50%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%), Health Care (10%)
Attorney Profile

As a trial lawyer, Donna MacKenzie represents individuals injured as a result of nursing home neglect and abuse, as well as medical malpractice.

Ms. MacKenzie has successfully litigated hundreds of cases.  She recently obtained a verdict in the amount of $4.4 million in favor of her client who was injured as a result of significant medical malpractice.

In addition to Super Lawyers, Ms. MacKenzie was selected as a Best Lawyers in America 2016, 2018 and 2020 Medical Malpractice “Lawyer of the Year” in Troy, selected to Best Lawyers in America 2015-2020, and was named to the dbusiness magazine's Metro Detroit Top Lawyers 2014-2020 lists.

Ms. MacKenzie is also a leader in a number of state and national organizations. She is currently the President of the Michigan Association for Justice, Vice Chair for the American Association for Justice Nursing Home Litigation Group, a member of the council of the State Bar of Michigan Negligence Section, and a Past President of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM), where she served as the organization’s 100th President.

Ms. MacKenzie is a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation, a Fellow of the Oakland County Bar Foundation, and a Trustee of the Macomb County Bar Foundation.  These non-profit organizations serve the public by funding and promoting programs to increase access to the justice system.

Ms. MacKenzie regularly serves as a case evaluator in Macomb County, and has served as a private arbitrator in civil disputes.

Ms. MacKenzie speaks frequently at seminars presented by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education, State Bar of Michigan, American Association for Justice, and Michigan Association for Justice. 

Ms. MacKenzie has also testified before the legislature a number of times to protect patient's rights, including testifying against bills that would have given hospitals and physicians complete immunity for negligence that occurs in the Emergency Department, as well as bills that would have given immunity to hospitals for failing to have enough staff or PPE during the 2020 pandemic.

About Donna M. MacKenzie

First Admitted: 2004, Michigan

Professional Webpage: http://nursing-homelawyers.com/attorneys/donna-m-mackenzie/

Educational Background

  • Wayne State University Law School
  • Alma College

Bar/Professional Activity

  • President, Michigan Association for Justice
  • Vice-Chair, Nursing Home Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice
  • President, Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
  • State Bar of Michigan Negligence Section Council (2015-present)
  • Michigan Association for Justice, Executive Board Member (2009 - present)
  • Nursing Home Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice (2004-present)
  • American Association for Justice, Board of Governors (2010-2015)
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Michigan State Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Macomb County Bar Association
  • Macomb County Bar Foundation, Trustee

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Longest Day Alzheimer’s Association Fundraiser, Annual Sips on Solstice Event, Co-Chair
  • Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Team Captain
  • Pro Bono Legal Counsel for Citizens for Better Care 
  • Habitat for Humanity in New York City, New York 2011 
  • The Shelter Network in Daly City, California 2009
  • Habitat for Humanity's ReStore in Miami, FL 2013
  • Habitat for Humanity's ReStore in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 2010
  • The Eliza Shirley House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2008
  • Participate in civic-oriented projects for the Public Service Committee of the New Lawyers Division of the American Association for Justice
  • Habitat for Humanity in Miami, FL 2011 
  • Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans, Louisiana 2009 

Verdicts/Settlements

  • $8 million settlement for victims of Farid Fata, M.D., who misdiagnosed patients with cancer
  • $4.4 million verdict for a woman injured as a result of a medication error by her doctor
  • $2.2 million judgment for 90-year-old woman who died as a result of a head injury from a fall in an adult foster care home
  • $765,000 judgment for an 84-year-old nursing home resident who died after suffering blunt force trauma to his head
  • $471,500 settlement for a woman who died from an untreated scabies infection in an adult foster care home
  • $250,000 settlement for nursing home resident found to have maggot infestation around her bladder catheter

Videos

  • Meet The Nursing Home Lawyers, www.vimeo.com/52021295

Honors/Awards

  • Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce Business Women’s Network Athena Leadership Award Nominee , 2017
  • American Association for Justice F. Scott Baldwin Award, 2015
  • Crain’s Detroit Business one of Michigan’s Most Notable Women Lawyers in 2017, 2017
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly Leader in the Law Class of 2017, 2017
  • Recognized as a 2010 Up & Coming Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • Named Best Lawyers in America 2016, 2018, and 2020 Medical Malpractice “Lawyer of the Year” in Troy
  • Named to Leading Lawyers Michigan 2015-2017
  • Selected to the dbusiness magazine Metro Detroit Top Lawyers 2014-2020 lists
  • Recognized as a Leader in Law 2017 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • Recognized as a 2010 Pacesetter by Michigan Association for Justice
  • Included on the Best Lawyers in America 2015-2020 lists
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Office Location for Donna M. MacKenzie

2684 West Eleven Mile Road
Berkley, MI 48072

Last Updated: 5/13/2021

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