Donna M. Modestine

Assistant Director, Health Care Department


    As Assistant Director of the Health Care Department, Donna assists in the administration and oversight of the firm's health care attorneys. Donna is also an active litigator in the area of medical malpractice. She has represented a large number of hospitals in Southeastern Pennsylvania, as well as physicians, physician groups, allied health professionals and long-term care facilities. Donna is also experienced in representing health care providers in professional licensing matters.

    An experienced attorney, Donna is involved in her cases from beginning to end, including all aspects of discovery phase, expert retention and trial preparation. By ensuring that any medical experts, economists or vocational experts are well prepared, Donna has achieved greatly reduced settlements or sharply reduced awards from the jury at the time of trial.

    Donna places a high value on communication and client relationships. By working closely with her clients from case inception to completion, Donna delivers personalized attention and strives to achieve an optimal result tailored specifically for each client.

    Donna is a graduate of Penn State University. She attended Widener University School of Law, where she received her juris doctor, cum laude in 1997. While at Widener University, she was a staff member of the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law and received honors for academic achievement in legal writing and analysis.

    As an active member of the community, Donna serves as an adjunct professor at Montgomery County Community College, teaching Medical, Legal Ethics. She also partnered with her local high school in the development of its Career Pathways program which assists students in developing future education and vocational goals. 

    Classes/Seminars Taught

    What is Your Case Worth When Analyzed and Compared Over the Last Several Years?, Delaware County Bar Association, December 11, 2019

    Pennsylvania Mental Health Procedures Act (50 P. S. §  7112) - 302 Commitments, The Chester County Hospital Grand Rounds, April 9, 2019 

    What is Your Case Worth?, Delaware County Bar Association, December 2018

    What is Your Case Worth?, Delaware County Bar Association Bench Bar Conference, June 2017

    Highlights in Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Law, Philadelphia Area Society of Healthcare Risk Management, January 28, 2016

    Let's Agree to Agree; Mediation in Civil Litigation, Delaware County Bench Bar Conference, June 5, 2014

    Mock Deposition and Trial Presentation, Lancaster Health System, July 9, 2008

    The Amazing Race: The Emerging Trends In Hospital Liability, 2008 PLUS MPL Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 11-12, 2008

    Clinical Support Systems; E-Discovery and Privacy Liability: How They All Come Together, AIG Domestic Claims, Inc., New York, New York, December 19, 2007

    Who's Been Reading My Chart? Do Clinical Support Systems REALLY Protect Patient Privacy?, 2007 PLUS International Conference, Washington, DC, November 9, 2007

    Computer-Based Clinical Decision Support Systems (DSS), Lancaster General Hospital, Women and Babies Hospital, January 2007

    Electronic Medical Records and Computer-Based Clinical Decision Support Systems (DSS), Chester County Hospital Medical Staff, February 24, 2006

    Disclosure of Serious Events, Chester County Hospital Medical Staff, March 4, 2005

    Practical Strategies for Reducing Liability, VHA Physician Risk Management Education Program, March 8, 2005

    The Deposition Process, Alleviating Your Fears, Lancaster General Hospital Education Counsel, June 8, 2005

    The Deposition Process, Alleviating Your Fears, Lancaster General Hospital Education Counsel: Women and Babies Hospital, December 28, 2005

    Managing and Disclosing Medical Errors, Medical Staff and Nursing Staff at Brandywine Hospital, June 11, 2004

    Tort Reform and Your New Responsibilities, Holy Redeemer Hospital Medical Staff, December 1, 2004

    Published Works

    "Grooming Your Internal Team…The Importance of Mentoring the Younger Attorneys on the Team," January 2016

    "Who Pays. Is The Pennsylvania Property And Casualty Insurance Guarantee Association Responsible for Delay Damages?," Defense Digest, Fall 2005

    "Risk Management By Apology: Does 'Warm And Fuzzy' Really Work?," Millennium Risk Management News, Winter 2004-2005, Vol. 1., No. 3

    Widener University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1997)
    Pennsylvania State University (B.A., 1992)
    Honors & awards
    Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
    Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star
    Associations & memberships
    Delaware County Bar Association
    Pennsylvania Bar Association
    Year joined