Douglas A. Donnell

Mika Meyers PLC

Traverse City, Michigan 48684


ADR, Civil, Environmental, Municipal, Toxic Tort, Water Rights

Douglas A. Donnell specializes in commercial, personal injury, construction and environmental litigation and has represented public and private sector clients and has mediated and arbitrated cases in these areas.  He is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Environmental Law Sections of the American Bar Association and the Michigan Bar Association. Doug has been named as one of only 50  Certified Mediators by the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan. He has been a frequent speaker at seminars and continuing education programs on a variety of litigation topics and has served as lead counsel in numerous cases before the Michigan Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court and the federal Sixth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeals. He has been recognized for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2010 and by Michigan Super Lawyers every year since 2011 and  was named by Best Lawyers as Grand Rapids’ 2012, 2016, 2018 and 2020 Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Litigation based on peer reviews.  He was also selected for inclusion in Grand Rapids Magazine's 2019 Top Lawyers. Doug graduated magna cum laude from Miami University in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and received his law degree cum laude in 1979 from Boston College Law School.


Boston College Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, 1979
Honors: Cum Laude

Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1976
B.A., Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Major: Economics


Michigan, 1981
Wisconsin, 1979
Ohio, 2000
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1979
U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1981
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1989
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1989
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2007
U.S. Supreme Court, 2012


Selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America and named by Best Lawyers in 2012, 2016, 2018 and 2020 as Grand Rapids' Environmental Litigation Lawyer of the Year

Selected for inclusion in Michigan Super Lawyers

Awarded the Grand Rapids Business Journal Legal Newsmaker of the Year for 2015

Selected as a Leading Lawyer in 2018 for commercial litigation, environmental law, mineral and natural resource law and toxic torts defense law

Selected for inclusion in Grand Rapids Magazine's 2019 Top Lawyers

Best Lawyers Award Badge

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