Donya is a member of Shook’s Data and Discovery Strategies team, focusing her practice on pretrial strategies and investigations in civil and complex litigation. Donya advises four of the world’s largest life sciences corporations on issues related to information governance and discovery.
Donya has prepared responses to written discovery, analyzed client data governance strategies to recommend best practices or solutions, and has conducted investigations of electronically stored information, including social media. She has also conducted investigations and analyses relating to metadata, pre-approval design defects, failure to warn, omissions-based fraud and consumer fraud claims.
Prior to her time at Shook, Donya clerked with the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Electronic Discovery Group. While at the DOJ, Donya researched legal precedents and compiled background and investigative reports to prepare lead counsel for the issuance of civil investigative demands.
During her time at Syracuse University College of Law, Donya clerked for the Hon. Thérèse Wiley Dancks, United States 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 in Westchester County. Donya analyzed legal precedents to assist with the court’s docket through motion and decision writing relating to civil claims.
In law school, Donya’s oral and written advocacy skills were awarded on a regional and national level. She was a National Semifinalist in the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, achieving a national award for her appellate brief and individual recognition for her oral argument skills. Additionally, Donya received the Frank H. Armani Award for Best Advocate in the Lionel L. Grossman Trial Competition and the Richard Risman Appellate Advocacy Award, recognizing her as Syracuse University College of Law’s best Appellate Advocacy Intercollegiate Performance.
Donya volunteers as an editor with The Electronic Discovery Institute, a non-profit organization that studies litigation processes and produces education programs on issues relating to electronic discovery. She also serves as a pro-bono attorney for 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).