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Joseph M. Donley

Of Counsel
fax +1 215.640.8501

Joseph Donley litigates insurance and reinsurance matters in addition to business and other civil cases. He also represents domestic and foreign clients in regulatory matters and agency proceedings.

Joe concentrates his practice in complex business and other civil litigation including the areas of insurance and reinsurance litigation. He has successfully handled numerous major reinsurance arbitrations and trials.

In addition, Joe has experience in representing managing general agents, producers and brokers in many facets of their legal needs. Joe also has extensive experience representing clients in both jury and non-jury cases in defense of major personal injury, death and property damages claims in both state and federal courts.

He has successfully tried and resolved numerous major products liability and tort cases, defending electric and gas utilities, crane and other heavy and light equipment manufacturers, and architects and engineers, including claims concerning toxic torts, construction defects, and general casualty.


J.D., University of Akron School of Law, Akron, Ohio, 1976, Editor-in-Chief, Akron Law Review, 1975-1976
B.S., Pennsylvania State University - University Park, State College, Pennsylvania, 1973


2004 – 2020: Super Lawyers – Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania’s Super Lawyers & Rising Stars list.

“Best of the Best USA – Insurance & Reinsurance,” Expert Guides, the Legal Media Group Guides to the World’s Leading Lawyers

International Who’s Who of Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers

Named among Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation (2023-2024), Insurance Law (2022-2024) by Best Lawyers



Philadelphia Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

American Bar Association

Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel

International Bar Association


Fellow, International Society of Barristers

Past President, Board of Trustees for The Wyndcroft School

Board Member, The Pottstown Symphony Orchestra 2007-2010

International Law Committee, Philadelphia Bar Association

Italy-America Chamber of Commerce

Chair, Mackrell International’s Insurance Practice Group

State Bar Licenses


Court Admissions

U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Ct., M.D. of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Ct, District of Colorado
U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of International Trade