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Donna Marie Medina

Partner
  • p. 248.642.0333 ext. 355
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Overview

Donna Medina concentrates her practice on domestic relations law, drawing from more than 25 years of experience in civil litigation.

Representing both men and women in divorce and complex family disputes, Donna helps them resolve matters involving child custody, parenting time, child support, alimony and spousal support, property settlement, division of assets, change of domicile, change of school district, and related issues. Understanding how divorce changes lives forever, she guides her clients, especially those with children, through the separation and divorce process with the least amount of animosity and acrimony possible, involving psychologists and social workers, accountants, financial advisors, and mediators when appropriate.

Donna also counsels clients on family planning, private adoptions, and guardianships, appearing in court on behalf of parents and children when conflicts arise. She is one of few Michigan attorneys with extensive experience in contested direct placement adoptions and has represented many adoptive families and birth mothers in their efforts to terminate the parental rights of putative fathers under the adoption code.

Family disputes require patience and perspective, and Donna assesses situations from all angles to achieve both current and long-range outcomes, listening to the client’s immediate needs while crafting positive, sustainable solutions. When a marriage relationship deteriorates to the point where courtroom litigation is the only viable option, she works tirelessly to include the client in all facets of case preparation and decision making.

Donna received a bachelor’s degree in business administration, summa cum laude, from Wayne State University, but opted to pursue a career in law after recognizing that her true passion was to help families whose lives were affected by unforeseen challenges, particularly those involving children. She attended Wayne State University Law School in the evening while working full-time as a paralegal during the day.

Donna’s dedication to her clients is matched only by her commitment to the important causes she supports. She has volunteered as an attorney at Turning Point, an organization committed to improving the lives of domestic violence and sexual assault victims, and she has also served on the Board of Directors of both Community Treatment Centers in Detroit, an organization that assists recently released prisoners transition back to society, and Project Rehab, which helps persons afflicted by alcoholism and substance abuse issues in the Grand Rapids area. Donna also volunteers her services with the Wayne County Child Support Help Program sponsored by the Booth Legal Aid Clinic. 

Donna is also an active member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Family Law and Litigation Sections, the American Bar Association, the Oakland County Bar Association, and the Oakland County Boat Club, for which she served as one of its few female Commodores.

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan

  • Family Law Section, Adoption Subcommittee
  • Litigation Section

Oakland County Bar Association

American Bar Association

Women Lawyers Association of Michigan

Wayne State University Alumni Association

Women of Wayne

Community/Civic Activities

Booth Legal Aid Clinic

Turning Point

  • Volunteer Attorney

Project Rehab

  • Board of Directors

Community Treatment Center (Detroit)

  • Board of Directors

Oakland County Boat Club

  • Commodore (2007-2009)

Locklin Pines Cluster Condominium Association

  • President (2005-2014)

Honors & Awards

Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Women in the Law" (2015)

Admissions

  • Michigan 1991

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Education

Wayne State University Law School, Juris Doctor, 1990

Wayne State University Law School, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting, summa cum laude, 1986

  • First Place National Scholarship and Michigan Academic Awards,
  • American Society of Woman Accountants
  • Kappa Gamma Sigma Honor Society
  • National Gold Key Honor Society