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Jennifer Donaldson is an attorney in the firm’s Litigation and Education and School Law practice groups. She has been representing school districts and their employees in all aspects of school law including special education matters for nearly fifteen years.
Jennifer routinely fields questions and counsels school administrators on various regulatory compliance issues relating to their daily needs and works hand-in-hand with those leaders to assist with improving the educational programs and services within the district. She is additionally called upon to provide in-service trainings and presentations on a variety of school law topics and has presented CLEs at the Annual School Law Conference at Lehigh University and PBI’s Exceptional Children’s Conference.
Jennifer also is a fierce advocate in litigation matters where she represents school districts in special education administrative due process hearings. Additionally, she has vast experience handling special education appeals in federal courts. She has also successfully argued before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Jennifer represents school districts and their employees in discrimination, student discipline and other civil rights actions.
Prior to her career in private practice, Jennifer was an Assistant District Attorney at the Philadelphia District’s Attorney’s Office where she worked in the Municipal Court, Appeals and Civil Litigation Units. During this time, she conducted criminal bench trials, litigated criminal appeals and argued before the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Additionally, as part of her work in the Civil Litigation Unit, Jennifer served as defense counsel for the District Attorney’s Office and its employees in federal and state civil rights lawsuits, including prisoner civil rights and employment discrimination suits.
Jennifer is a member of the Bucks County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association.
Jennifer is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Jennifer earned her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where she was a member of the Order of the Barristers and the National Appellate Moot Court Competition Team. She earned her B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College majoring in Scientific and Philosophical Studies of the Mind.