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Partner Profile: Donald Dunner

We regularly highlight the efforts of those who work to make our justice system more accessible and equitable for all. This Partner Profile features Donald Dunner, Co-Chair of DCBF’s Call to Action and Chair of the Foundation’s Advisory Committee.

Name Donald Dunner

Job/Position Partner

Organization Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garret & Dunner, LLP

Years on the Job 38

Where did you grow up? Brooklyn, NY

What brought you to DC? Law school; job as examiner at Patent Office

What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn? Examiner in Patent Office; learned patent law basics


Daily Habit Reading the morning newspaper

Favorite app Stock market

Favorite Movie My Cousin Vinny

Favorite Restaurant La Chaumiere

Favorite Vacation Spot Martha’s Vineyard

Hobbies Tennis, skiing

Hero Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt

Your News Source Washington Post; TV news programs

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave the house without is… Hearing aid batteries


Most rewarding element of your work Appellate advocacy

A challenge you faced early in your career Trying my first lawsuit

If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I would be a… Doctor

If I weren’t working at Finnegan, I would be… An arbitrator/mediator


Legal aid is important to me because . . . A need/desire to pay society back

My dream for the legal system is… To satisfy legal needs for those unable to afford it

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