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Donna M. White

Practice Areas

  • Municipal Liability
  • Construction/Labor Law
  • Premises Liability
  • Sports & Recreational Liability
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D.
  • New York University, B.S., Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
 
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DONNA M. WHITE spent ten years at MDAF as an associate and became a partner in 2015.  She has practiced insurance defense for her entire career.  Mrs. White has specialized in municipal law in the northern New York counties over the past six years,  in both state and federal court, with a focus on cases involving premises liability, labor law, property damage, auto, flooding and drainage, special duty, pursuit cases, improper highway design and assumption of risk in sporting activities.  Ms. White has obtained countless dismissals on behalf of municipalities under the prior written notice law, one of the strongest immunities available to municipalities in the State of New York. 

PRIOR EXPERIENCE

  • Hoey King Toker & Epstein
  •  Krez & Peisner LLP

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Hahn v. Town of Haverstraw - Ms. White obtained dismissal of this federal court claim against the town of Haverstraw, where it was alleged that the town was negligent in its maintenance and design of the municipal golf course, resulting in plaintiff's golf cart going off a cart path on a steep downhill in the course. The trial court's decision was affirmed on two appellate levels and plaintiff had now petitioned for certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
  • Silvestre v. Village of Bronxville - Ms. White obtained dismissal of this claim as against the Village of Bronxville.  Plaintiff, a pedestrian, was struck by a vehicle while crossing a dark intersection within the Village.  Plaintiff alleged negligence on the part of the Village by way of improper lighting, however there was no claimed defect on the roadway.  The trial court's decision was affirmed on appeal.
  • Hamilton v. Village of Tuckahoe - Ms. White obtained dismissal of this claim as against the Village of Tuckahoe in which plaintiff failed to prove prior written notice of the snow and ice defect in question and failed to prove that the municipality had undertaken any snow or ice removal prior to her fall.

ORGANIZATIONS

  • American Bar Association


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