Leah J. Donaldson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Utilities Attorney in Providence, RI

McElroy & Donaldson
21 Dryden Lane
Providence, RI 02940-6721
Phone: 401-351-4100
Fax: 401-421-5696
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013, 2015, 2017 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas: Utilities (40%), State, Local & Municipal (30%), Energy & Natural Resources (20%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Leah J. Donaldson, Esq., is an accomplished attorney with demonstrated success in analyzing areas of concern for private and public sector clients, and counseling clients on how to effectuate their goals by exploring strategic legal solutions using non-technical terms. She is skilled in influencing stakeholders and decision makers, motivating individuals and teams to deliver superior results, and facilitating conflict resolution. She is adept at persuasive and technical writing, contract and legislative drafting, as well as complex case and project management.

In her current role, Leah maintains a general corporate and commercial practice, including public utility law and municipal property tax. She also serves as special legal counsel to several towns and cities in Rhode Island. She is passionate about guiding key stakeholders through complex and strategic legal issues using non-technical terms. 

Leah is admitted to practice in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York, as well as the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association House of Delegates and is Past President of the Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association. Leah also serves as an adjunct professor at Roger Williams University School of Law.

Leah was selected as a Rhode Island Rising Star in 2012 and was selected as a Rhode Island Super Lawyer in 2013, 2015, and 2017. She was also named as "New England's Women Leaders in the Law" in 2012. Leah has been consistently recognized as an AV-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, Leah is a contributor to A Practical Guide to Discovery and Depositions in Rhode Island (First Edition, September 2010).

Leah earned her law degree (with honors) from Roger Williams University School of Law, where she was on the editorial staff of The Roger Williams University Law Review. During law school, she completed a judicial externship for the Honorable Bruce M. Selya of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Prior to attending law school, Leah worked as an airline emergency response manager, where she empowered employees across the system, frontline to executive management, to respond quickly and appropriately in the event of an aviation disaster.

About Leah J. Donaldson

Admitted: 2007, Rhode Island

Professional Webpage: http://www.mcelroylawoffice.com/

Bar/Professional Activity

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

Honors/Awards

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

Educational Background

  • J. D. cum laude, Roger Williams University School of Law, 2007; B.A., University of West Georgia, 1998

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Leah is a contributor to A Practical Guide to Discovery & 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. 
  • Leah authored a study of female legislators in Rhode Island and at the federal level in the Roger Williams University Law Review. , Female Legislators in the United States and Rhode Island, 2011

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certificate in Aviation Safety Management, University of Southern California School of Engineering, 2002
  • Certificate in Mediation, Roger Williams University School of Law, 2005
  • Licensed in: MA, RI, 2007
  • Admitted to Practice Before: U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, 2008
  • Licensed in: NY, 2008
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Office Location for Leah J. Donaldson

21 Dryden Lane
Providence, RI 02940-6721

Last Updated: 5/28/2020

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