About Us

A Brief History

In 1918 Judge William H. Donahue resigned from his position as Alameda County Superior Court Judge and William H.L. Hynes resigned as Alameda County District Attorney and founded the firm Donahue and Hynes. One of the oldest law firms in Oakland, the Donahue firm’s name would change over nearly a century, becoming Donahue Gallagher Woods in 2003.

Fitzgerald Abbott & Beardsley’s origins date to 1883, when Robert M. Fitzgerald opened his legal practice. Over the next 30 years, Mr. Fitzgerald formed a partnership with colleagues Carl H. Abbott and Charles A. Beardsley. We believe the Fitzgerald firm is the longest consistently practicing law firm in the entire state of California. In 2014, these two firms merged to become Donahue Fitzgerald LLP, continuing a strong history of legal excellence and community service.

Both legacy firms had long traditions of excellent service to clients who helped shape history. The Donahue firm represented some of the most significant clients in the Bay Area, including the Key System Transit Lines, PG&E, Pacific Telephone & Telegraph, and Lucky Stores. The Fitzgerald firm helped the fledgling community of Oakland with its many growing pains, spearheading development of the waterfront (later to become the Port of Oakland), establishing public transit in the area and creating an adequate water supply for Oakland’s residents. The combined firm continues to provide legal services for the Port of Oakland to this day.

Who We Serve Now

Today, Donahue Fitzgerald LLP’s clients range from individuals, sole proprietorships, closely held businesses to multinational Fortune 500 corporations. They include some of the country’s most prominent technology companies and retailers. The breadth of this experience, coupled with a cooperative culture among our attorneys, enables us to offer our clients the sophistication and expertise of a large firm with the responsiveness and efficiency of a small firm. You can see a representative selection of our clients here.

Whether we are retained for a single matter or to handle a client’s ongoing needs, our focus is on developing a close working relationship with each client, while providing the highest quality services in the most cost-effective manner. To do so, each Donahue Fitzgerald attorney brings a business and practical perspective to every matter, ensuring that you have both a legal counselor and a real-world problem solver by your side.

How We Can Serve You

Our transactional, litigation, intellectual property, real property, estate planning, immigration, and franchise attorneys have the in-depth experience and knowledge to assist with all your legal needs, including matters related to start-ups, securities, employees, real property, commercial leases, copyrights, trademarks, licenses, nonprofits, and land use. On a daily basis, our litigators tackle and successfully resolve complex disputes involving business contracts, copyright and trademark infringement, software piracy, wrongful termination claims, employment discrimination, insurance coverage, construction disputes, and administrative law matters. We also provide a full range of trust and estates services, including designing individually crafted estate planning strategies, advising estate administrators such as trustees and executors, and resolving contested wills and estates litigation.

A Proud Tradition Continues

Our diverse, sophisticated, and effective practice will only continue to grow in strength and breadth. One thing will remain the same: our tireless dedication to furthering our clients’ dreams and resolving issues that confront them today, tomorrow, and in the future.

Please visit our Practice Areas for information on specific services.