Donna is one of New Hampshire’s most experienced and respected trial attorneys. In her 29 years of practice she has been lead counsel in some of the most high profile cases in this state. She has tried over 150 jury trials including charges of homicide, aggravated felonious sexual assault, felony assault, domestic violence, DWI, theft, sale and possession of drugs as well as numerous motor vehicle cases. Donna has obtained verdicts of not guilty in numerous cases including affirmative defense cases such as self-defense, consent and entrapment. She has also done extensive litigation regarding racial profiling and racial disparity. She has appeared in courts all over the state of New Hampshire.
Donna is also an adjunct professor at University of New Hampshire School of Law where she teaches trial advocacy to students selected to be in the Daniel Webster Scholar Program.
Donna has been a frequent presenter at legal training programs including presentations on the voluntariness of confessions, false confessions, jury selection, cross-examination of expert witnesses, racial profiling, defending domestic violence cases and sentencing strategies.
In 2005, Donna was selected to receive the Champion of Justice Award from the New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Founded in 1899, Wadleigh, Starr & Peters, P.L.L.C. offers a full range of legal services to local and national clients. Working closely with clients from a wide cross section of the private and public sectors, Wadleigh continually adapts to meet the needs of its clients. Our approach is to help our clients achieve their objectives with practical, effective, results-oriented and cost-efficient representation. We pride ourselves in combining quality, large firm representation with common sense strategies. Our success has been and continues to be based on the highest quality legal work performed by highly qualified legal professionals who take pride in their work, are devoted to their clients and always put the needs of their clients first.
We are proud of our history and draw on our vast experience and historical perspective to address the ever-shifting demands of this challenging and rewarding profession. Outstanding client service is a cornerstone of our practice that has withstood the test of time. Being at the top in business is about tomorrow and our attorneys know the marketplace and the law is changing at a rapid pace. We understand the issues faced by our clients and know that our clients’ success is the best measure of our success.
The varied roles that members of Wadleigh, Starr & Peters, P.L.L.C. have assumed in their communities attest to the firm’s commitment to service and to its enduring reputation in the public, private and legal sectors. Former members of the firm have served with distinction as justices of the New Hampshire Supreme Court and the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, as judges on the New Hampshire Superior Court, as attorneys general of the State of New Hampshire, as members of the United States Congress and as legal counsel to the New Hampshire Governor. Members of the firm also serve in a variety of leadership positions in community, charitable, professional and political activities.
Wadleigh, Starr & Peters, P.L.L.C. is a member of ALFA International, the global legal network. With 145 member firms across the globe (80 in the United States) ALFA International is the premier global network of independent law firms whose success is driven by broad, deep, local relationships all over the world. The ALFA International model enables Wadleigh, Starr & Peters, P.L.L.C. to use its local expertise to deliver highly effective legal solutions while drawing upon the collective wisdom and experience of other member firms within the United States and around the world as needed. More information is available at www.alfainternational.com. Currently, Marc R. Scheer is the primary contact within the firm for ALFA International; Kathy Peahl is the alternate contact.