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Donahue Gallagher Woods LLP conducts a highly diversified civil practice, providing a full range of litigation, business counseling, transactional, and alternative dispute resolution services in the areas of business, corporate, real estate, intellectual property, employment, immigration, creditors’ rights, and insurance, as well as services in the areas of trusts and estate planning. Our clients range from individuals, sole proprietorships, and small, family-owned businesses to multi-national Fortune 500 corporations, including some of the country’s most prominent technology companies and retailers. LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell rated Donahue Gallagher Woods LLP as a 2013 Top Ranked Law Firm in California based on their AV Preeminent Rating; a distinction bestowed on only 222 of 43,000 firms considered.

The firm was founded in 1918 and has offices in Oakland, Mill Valley, and Walnut Creek. Each of our attorneys brings several areas of expertise to the practice of law, allowing us to maintain a dynamic, flexible firm structure. The breadth of our experience and our cooperative culture enable us to offer our clients the sophistication and expertise of a larger firm, while retaining the responsiveness and efficiency of a smaller firm. Throughout nearly nine decades of providing legal services, our goal always has been to provide our clients with the highest quality of service in the most cost-effective manner. To achieve this end, we carefully staff all projects, matching client objectives with the professional skills and experience of our practitioners. Whenever possible, one attorney assumes full responsibility for handling a matter. For more complex transactions or litigation, we assemble a team suited to the special demands of the matter. Whether we are retained to provide representation for a single matter or to handle a client’s ongoing legal needs, we strive to develop a close working relationship with our clients so that we may effectively represent them.

Our transactional, real property, and intellectual property attorneys have in-depth experience negotiating and drafting a wide range of legal documents relating to business, employment, real property, copyrights, trademarks, and estates and trusts. Our litigators have successfully represented clients in complex litigation and arbitrations involving contract disputes, copyright and trademark infringement, software piracy, unfair business practices, wrongful termination, and employment discrimination, antitrust and trade regulation, securities matters, insurance claims, product liability, creditors’ rights, and contested wills. Our attorneys strive not only to develop a high level of expertise in their areas of specialization, but also to bring a business and practical perspective to each matter. We seek to be both counselors and problem-solvers, trying to help our clients avoid legal problems and vigorously representing their interest when problems arise.

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