Donna Welch is a litigation partner whose 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 includes public nuisance claims, breach of fiduciary duty, pharmaceutical litigation, government investigations, and litigation involving fraud and civil RICO. She has litigated a wide variety of cases including complex shareholder and partnership disputes. Donna has also litigated class action employment claims, including under the FLSA, Title VII, the ADEA and ERISA.

Donna has served as lead and co-lead counsel in federal and state courts across the country, and in arbitration. Donna also serves as pro bono coordinator for Kirkland’s Chicago office.



Named as one of “Chicago’s Notable Women in Law” by Crain’s Chicago Business (2020)

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

Chicago Bar Association


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

Pro Bono & Community Service

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

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

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)