Attorney Donlon has focused his entire law practice on consumer advocacy and plaintiff’s personal injury and insurance coverage litigation. Michael prides himself on undertaking cases that change lives or effect a positive change on the law. Michael is always available to clients, past and present, to address their questions and concerns.
“Michael Donlon is a saint and settled our situation within months; it had been ‘unsettled’ for years. I would highly recommend him and thank you so much for introducing him to us.”
“Thank you Mr. Donlon, you treated me like family and with dignity. It has been hard to say goodbye and that’s no lie! I will always remember you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
“Michael, Thanks to you and your firm for your attention to this matter. I do appreciate the diligence that you showed and your quick responses to my communications and questions.”
Mr. Donlon’s practice is focused on severe injuries or death occurring as a result of construction site accidents, motor vehicle accidents, nursing home neglect, toxic exposure, dangerous products, prescription drug litigation, asbestos litigation, gas line explosions, hunting accidents, dog bites, and slip and fall accidents. Mr. Donlon also has experience litigating a wide variety of insurance coverage issues arising with collapsed structures, livestock losses, fire loss, bad faith insurance carrier conduct, and spilled/leaked petroleum.
Michael has successfully litigated matters before the Supreme Court of the State of New York at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York. His appellate work is often cited and has been featured in the Thomson Reuters Journal of Insurance Bad Faith.
Before becoming a trial attorney, Mr. Donlon worked as a Journeyman Electrician with the IBEW local union 139 in Elmira, New York. Michael’s prior experience working in the construction industry is a substantial advantage to his clients who have been injured on construction sites. Attorney Donlon has obtained many large recoveries for his clients in this unique area of New York State Labor Law Section 240(1) litigation.
Attorney Donlon has obtained some of the largest personal injury recoveries in the region and is a certified lifetime member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. A prolific trial lawyer, Michael’s work is featured in the 2019 edition of “What’s it Worth” – a national guide for determining the value of personal injury cases.
Attorney Donlon has received commendation by The National Trial Lawyers organization for his work in the fields of auto accident and nursing home neglect litigation. In 2017, Attorney Donlon was chosen for membership in The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 organization. In 2019, Michael was granted Fellowship in the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. Attorney Donlon has been selected to Super Lawyers in the field of Personal Injury Trial Lawyers in the years 2020, 2021, and 2022 – a designation limited to only 2.5% of the attorneys in Upstate New York.
Attorney Donlon obtained his Bachelor Degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and his Juris Doctor Degree from State University of New York at Buffalo. Michael’s academic honors include Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta, and Tau Sigma distinction.
Michael grew up in Steuben County in Hornell, New York. When he is not advocating for his clients he enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, exercising, and making music with friends. Michael also volunteers his time as a member on the Board of Directors for the Corning Children’s Center where he has served as Chairman on the Accreditation Committee.
If you have questions about an injury claim immediately contact Attorney Donlon for a FREE consultation.