Donna Welch’s practice is focused on the preparation and trial of complex civil cases involving a broad range of business and commercial issues, before federal and state courts. Her practice focuses on litigation involving breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, conspiracy, civil RICO, breach of contract, real estate issues, misappropriation of intellectual property, and complex shareholder and partnership disputes. Ms. Welch has also litigated class action employment claims, including under the Fair Labor Standards Act and ERISA.

Donna has served as lead and co-lead counsel in jury trials in federal and state courts and in arbitration.

Representative Clients

Counsel to clients including Clark Realty Capital, L.L.C., JMB Realty Corporation and S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. in matters involving fraud, conspiracy and breach of fiduciary duty; counsel to clients including Stericycle, Inc. and the Chicago Board of Trade in matters involving complex shareholder and minority member disputes; counsel to clients including General Motors Corp., BP America Inc., and a leading property and casualty insurance company in class actions involving claims of employment discrimination, and violations of FLSA and ERISA.


Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

Chicago Bar Association

Pro Bono & Community Service

Recipient of The Scott C. Solberg Award in 2011 for commitment to pro bono service from Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services

Recipient of the Edward J. Lewis Pro Bono Service Award in 2012 from the Chicago Bar Association/Chicago Bar Foundation

Fellow, Leadership Greater Chicago (2006)

Board of Directors, Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (2006–2010)

Board of Directors, Leadership Greater Chicago Fellows Association (2006–2009)

Board of Directors, Housing Opportunities for Women (1997–2008)

Board Chair, Housing Opportunities for Women (1997–2003)

Leadership Council, Housing Opportunities for Women (2009–Present)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1994Illinois


  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


  • DePaul University College of LawJ.D.1994

    Order of the Coif

    Editor-in-Chief, DePaul Law Review, 1993–1994

  • University of ChicagoB.A., Philosophy1988