Steve Donner

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in St. Louis, MO

Donner Applewhite
 | 1108 Olive Street, Suite 200
St. Louis, MO 63101
Phone: 314-396-5430
Fax: 888-785-4461
Selected To Rising Stars: 2018 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2011
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • General Litigation (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Consumer Law (10%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Bankruptcy: Consumer (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Russian
Attorney Profile

Attorney Steve Donner is a partner with Donner Applewhite, Attorneys at Law, in St. Louis, Missouri. A top-rated trial lawyer with more than seven years of legal experience, Mr. Donner represents the rights and interests of a diverse range of clients throughout the greater St. Louis metro region and surrounding areas of Illinois who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·         Personal injury and consumer law

·         General civil litigation

·         Class actions

·         Business and nonprofit formation

·         Intellectual property

·         Employment law

·         Bankruptcy

·         Criminal law

A 2008 summa cum laude graduate of St. Louis University with a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice, Mr. Donner returned to his alma mater and obtained his Juris Doctor from St. Louis University School of Law in 2011. The Missouri Bar admitted him to practice that same year, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

While pursuing his legal degree, Mr. Donner gained invaluable experience handling energy commodities contracts and site lease agreements through his work with Ameren UE, and he completed an externship with the U.S. Attorney's Office. He also served as legal clerk for the Honorable Paula Bryant of the 22nd Judicial Circuit as well as with the consumer division of the Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. From 2006 to 2007, he completed an internship with the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, where he assisted victims of crime.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Donner has helped to create numerous nonprofit and for-profit entities, and he has advocated on behalf of many plaintiff clients seeking to recover the full amount of compensation they deserve for the injuries and losses they suffered as the result of someone else's negligence.

Recognized for his professionalism and service, Mr. Donner has received a Distinguished Lawyer designation from the Expert Network. In addition, the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys named him among the 10 Best Attorneys for Missouri in 2017 and 2018, and he has earned Superb ratings as well as several Clients' Choice awards from Avvo.

Mr. Donner is an invited member of The Best Lawyers in America*, and he also maintains active involvement with several professional legal organizations, including The Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Habitat for Humanity Legal Committee.

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Practice Areas
  • 40%Personal Injury - General
  • 20%General Litigation
  • 10%Personal Injury - Products
  • 10%Consumer Law
  • 10%Class Action/Mass Torts
  • 10%Bankruptcy
Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Defects, Consumer Protection, Class Actions


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Rising Stars: 2018 - 2019

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Admitted: 2011, Missouri

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  • This award is only for the top 10% of lawyers in the United States., Civil Litigation Award - Lawyers of Distinction, Lawyers of Distinction, 2017
  • This award is provided to attorneys who have received multiple outstanding reviews from their clients., Client's Choice Award, AVVO, 2015
  • This award is provided to the 10 best attoneys in the area of Personal Injury law., "10 Best Attorneys" for Missouri, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys , 2017
  • Recipients receive the Distinguished Lawyer Designation© from the Expert Network which is only conferred upon the Top 3% of Lawyers in the U.S.The Expert Network is the leading invitation only network for professionals who have contributed meaningfully to their field, and can demonstrate a distinct perspective on the future of their profession. We are the only network for top rated professionals who have a compelling success story and are considered thought leaders. The selection is based on a thorough multi-phase research and evaluation process, selecting professionals who have demonstrated superior influence, leadership, reputation and knowledge. Our review includes, among other factors, scrutiny of education, training, certifications, professional achievements, disciplinary history, and review of organizations and publications including Martindale-Hubbell, Super Lawyers, Avvo and others. , Distinguished Lawyer Designation, Expert Network, 2017
  • This is awarded to the top 10% of lawyers in the United States., Civil Litigation Award - Lawyers of Distinction, Lawyers of Distinction, 2016
  • This award is provided to attorneys who have received multiple outstanding reviews from their clients., Client's Choice Award, AVVO, 2016

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • Missouri Bar Association, Solo & Small Firm Practice Committee
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan Saint Louis
  • Missouri Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Habitat for Humanity Legal Committee

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Patriarchal societies have long used their legal systems as a vehicle of oppression. This article examines the extent to which bias against women can still be discerned in the content of the criminal law by comparing and contrasting Missouri’s forcible rape and robbery in the first degree statutes. The study then analyzes the application of these statutes by examining all of the forcible rape and robbery in the first degree cases processed by Missouri’s juvenile court system between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2004 (N = 617). The results of these analyses suggest that Missouri’s robbery statute is more protective of victims than is its rape statute. They also indicate that at least among juveniles, robbery offenders are sanctioned more severely than rape offenders in terms of detention, informal adjustment and adjudication., Misogyny: It's Still the Law, Gender Issues, 2012


  • Case Number:  15SL-AC22456-02.Practice Area: Consumer protection.Outcome: $52,000.00.Description: Judgment against car dealer for violations of Missouri's Merchandising Practices Act, 2017
  • $100,000.00 for Car Accident InjuryPractice Area:  Car Accident. Description:  Client sustained a fractured rib from a car accident injury., 2016
  • MISSOURI AERO KNIFE FALSE ADVERTISING CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT.  Practice Area: Class action.  Outcome: Full Refund For Class Members.  Description: Telebrands has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit stemming over allegations that the company made false promises when advertising its Aero Knife. Plaintiff filed the Aero Knife class action lawsuit on behalf of herself and all other Missouri residents who purchased the “As Seen On TV” knife. Telebrands was accused of engaging in practices that “constitute deception, fraud, false pretense, false promise, misrepresentation, unfair practice or the concealment, suppression or commission of material facts in connection with the sale and/or advertisement of the Aero Knife.” Under the terms of the class action settlement, Telebrands is offering Missouri residents who purchased the Aero Knife a full refund if they return the product to the Claims Administrator. Missouri residents who bought an Aero Knife but do not return the product are still eligible for a $5 cash award. In addition to offering a full refund to consumers who return the Aero Knife, Telebrands has also agreed to stop promoting the product as a “$50 knife for $10.” Rehak will receive an incentive award for bringing the class action lawsuit in the amount of $10,000 and Class Counsel is expected to receive $200,000 to cover legal expenses. The Aero Knife class action settlement was preliminarily approved on March 8, 2017. The deadline to opt out of the terms of the settlement or object passed on June 6, 2017., 2017
  • $1,985,000.00 Judgment for Fraud.Practice Area:  Consumer Protection. Description:  Fraudulent misrepresentation regarding investment property., 2016
  • $45,000.00 from Car Dealer for Misrepresentation. Practice Area:  Consumer protection. Outcome:  $45,000.00 from Car Dealer. Description:  Misrepresentation regarding the sale of a vehicle.  , 2016
  • $33,000.00 Award for Soft Tissue Injury - Car AccidentPractice Area:  Car Accident. Description:  Fender bender resulting in minor soft tissue injuries., 2016

Educational Background:

  • St. Louis University, Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, Major: Criminal Justice, Minor: Russian, Honors: summa cum laude, Honors: With High Honors
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Office Location for Steve Donner

1108 Olive Street
Suite 200
St. Louis, MO 63101

Phone: 314-396-5430

Fax: 888-785-4461

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Last Updated: 10/19/2019

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