Laura Donaldson



Laura Donaldson is an associate who focuses her practice on a variety of complex civil litigation matters. Ms. Donaldson has represented clients in California state courts as well as federal courts throughout the United States. She has experience representing private and public companies in disputes arising out of antitrust, breach of contract, employment, intellectual property and Consumer Protection Act claims.

Ms. Donaldson also maintains an active pro bono practice focused on criminal defense, human trafficking and immigration. Recent matters include representing a California inmate filing a habeas corpus petition and appearing on his behalf before the Parole Board.

While in law school, Ms. Donaldson worked with the Post-Conviction Justice Project, where she represented state prisoners serving life sentences in parole and resentencing proceedings. She also conducted mitigation investigations and filed state habeas petitions on behalf of inmates sentenced as juveniles to life without the possibility of parole.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Ms. Donaldson served as a curriculum coordinator with the United States Telecommunications Training Institute in Washington DC. 

Publications & News


December 28, 2017

Associate Helps Client in Parole Case Started in Law School

In this article, the Daily Journal features Laura Donaldson for her ongoing work in a pro bono parole case on behalf of client Ellis C. Curtis, who was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for a murder that occurred when he was a minor.

February 7, 2017

Global Anti-Bribery Year-in-Review: 2016 Developments and Predictions for 2017

The past year was consequential for FCPA enforcement in numerous respects, including blockbuster penalties, new policy initiatives, and the SEC's first DPA with an individual for FCPA violations.

February 2, 2016

Global Anti-Bribery Year-in-Review: 2015 Developments and Predictions for 2016

Among other significant developments, 2015 saw the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ” or the “Department”) document a policy priority of holding individuals accountable for corporate wrongdoing. This policy was laid out in the “Yates Memorandum”—announced by Deputy Assistant Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates—and related changes the DOJ made to the U.S. Attorney’s Manual.


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JD, University of Southern California Law School, 2015

BS, Finance and International Business, Georgetown University, 2010

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