Joseph P. Donnelly

Trial Counsel

Joe Donnelly is a dynamic trial attorney known for his courtroom skills and tireless dedication to his clients. Focusing his career on obtaining justice for victims, Joe’s passion and expertise have secured millions for his clients in settlements and verdicts.

Joe’s natural ability to connect with people, combined with his passion to advocate for others, are two of his most powerful assets. His genuine approach to working with clients creates a sense of comfort and support not often found after a devastating accident. Joe’s ability to establish trusting relationships with his clients quickly allows him to concentrate his efforts on delivering a strong and persuasive case in court to right the wrongdoing his clients have suffered.

Joe started his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney at the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, advancing to a felony trial bureau, where he prosecuted a variety of violent and non-violent crimes, and tried numerous cases to verdict.

Following his tenure at the DA’s office, Joe was a trial attorney at a prominent personal injury law firm, and then a founding partner of a boutique law firm, where he represented accident victims and victims of discrimination in both state and federal courts. Joe tried numerous cases in Long Island and New York City, securing significant jury verdicts in challenging cases.

Joe’s exceptional representation of victims of negligence, discrimination, and sexual harassment earned him a spot in the National Trial Lawyers “Top 40 Under 40” and recognition as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers. Notably, Joe’s work on several cases has been featured in multiple news outlets, including NBC, the New York Post, and the Staten Island Advance.

Outside of work, Joe volunteers his time as a coach in youth football and baseball organizations, and mentors law students.

Professional Credentials

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Construction Accidents
  • Motor Vehicle Negligence
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Civil Rights Violations

Education & Bar Admission


  • St. John’s University School of Law, J.D.
  • Stony Brook University, B.S.

Bar Admissions

  •  New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York

Associations & Honors

  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Nassau Suffolk Trial Lawyers
  • Catholic Lawyers Guild of Queens County
  • Assistant District Attorney Association of Queens County


  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, New York Metro Area (2019, 2020, 2021)
  • “Top 40 Under 40”, National Trial Lawyers