As a member of Shook’s Data and Discovery Strategies team, Donya focuses her practice on pretrial strategies and investigations in civil and complex litigation. She drafts recommendations, objections and motions on best practices for the various stages in the discovery process.
Donya’s work experience includes serving as a summer law clerk with the Department of Justice’s Electronic Discovery Group, where she worked with vast case law stemming from the 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure surrounding discovery and worked with supervising counsel to apply the Rules to government-level cases. She also interned for the Hon. Thérèse Wiley Dancks, Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, and the Hon. Janet C. Malone, Justice of the New York Supreme Court, Westchester County, excelling in legal research, motion writing and drafting decisions.
In law school, Donya’s oral and written advocacy skills were recognized at a regional and national level. She was a national semifinalist in the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, received the Frank H. Armani Award for Best Advocate in the Lionel L. Grossman Trial Competition and was recognized with Syracuse University College of Law’s best Appellate Advocacy Intercollegiate Performance with the Richard Risman Appellate Advocacy Award.
Donya highly values pro bono work. She volunteers with The Electronic Discovery Institute and is on the Screening Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, an organization working to prevent and correct the conviction of innocent people in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
Spoliation, Editorial Board,The Electronic Discovery Institute, 2019 (Patrick Oot, Editor-In-Chief).