Emma R. Donahey Associate

Emma is an associate in the financial services litigation department. She graduated cum laude from the Duquesne University School of Law in 2016.

During her law school career, Emma received two CALI Excellence for the Future Awards, given to the person with the highest grade in the class, in the subjects of Legal Research and Writing and Labor Law. She also received an Outstanding Oral Argument Award for the presentation of her first year Appellate Oral Argument. Combining her interest in constitutional and environmental law, Emma authored The Nollan/Dolan Land-Use Exactions Doctrine and its Role in Taking Jurisprudence: Koontz v. St. John’s River Water Management District, which was chosen for publication in the Fourth Volume of Joule: Duquesne Energy and Environmental Law Journal.

During her time at Duquesne, Emma worked as a Legal Research Assistant, a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Patricia A. McCullough of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, and a Certified Legal Intern in Duquesne's nationally recognized Veterans Clinic where she rendered legal aid and assistance to local veterans. She also served as the Treasurer of the Military Law Society as well as the Alumni Relations Chair for the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity.

Emma graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in 2013 with a bachelor of arts in Business Administration and Psychology. While there, she played four years for the Women's Soccer team, becoming a two-time PAC Champion and NCAA tournament participant.

  • Duquesne University, School of Law, JD, cum laude, Article Staff Writer, Joule Energy & Environmental Law Journal, 2016
  • Washington & Jefferson College, BA, Business Administration and Psychology, Dean’s List, 2013

American Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Author, The Nollan/Dolan Land-Use Exactions Doctrine and its Role in Taking Jurisprudence: Koontz v. St. John’s River Water Management District, 4 JOULE ENERGY & ENVTL. L.J. 1, April 30, 2016
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