Arthur T. Donato Jr.

Arthur T. Donato Jr.

Sole Proprietor
Location:
Media, Pennsylvania
Phone:
484-441-6318
Email:

Since 1980, Mr. Donato has represented individuals and corporate entities in complicated criminal cases in both State and Federal Court. He is a member of the American, Pennsylvania and Delaware County Bar Associations, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, and holds an A-V rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He was a founding member and past president of both the Delaware County and Pennsylvania Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Mr. Donato was privileged to serve on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Criminal Procedural Rules Committee from 1992 to 1998. He is a Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Mr. Donato was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Villanova University in 1977, a Juris Doctor from the Delaware Law School of Widener University in 1980, and was awarded a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Villanova University in May of 1990, during which time he concentrated his writing in the field of Ethics and Personal Responsibility.

Since 1981, Mr. Donato has been a visiting lecturer at Villanova University speaking on "Use of the Insanity Defense in Criminal Prosecutions" and currently is an instructor in the Sociology and Criminal Justice Departments teaching "Sociolegal Aspects of Criminal Procedure" and "The Supreme Court and its Influence on American Society". Mr. Donato frequently lectures at continuing legal education seminars, speaks to community organizations, and testifies before legislative bodies on a variety of criminal justice issues.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law - Federal (White Collar Crime)
  • Environmental Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Federal & State Crimes
  • Fraud: Mail, Tax, Medical & Health Care
  • Public Corruption
  • Environmental Crimes involving Clean Air and Water Violations
  • Assault
  • Sex Crimes/Rape
  • Child Abuse
  • Homicide
  • Homicide/Aggravated Assault by Motor Vehicle
  • Grand Jury Proceedings
  • Fraud Defense
  • State Crimes Defense
  • Homicide and Violent Crime Defense
  • Vehicular Homicide and Assault Defense

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware
    • J.D. - 1980
  • Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania
    • M.A. - 1980
    • Major: Philosophy
  • Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania
    • B.S. - 1977
    • Major: Economics

Classes/Seminars

  • Instructor, "Sociolegal Aspects of Criminal Procedure", Villanova University, Sociology Department, 1990 - Present
  • Instructor, "The Supreme Court and Its Influence on American Society", Villanova University, Sociology Department, 1990 - Present
  • Visiting Lecturer, "Use of the Insanity Defense in Criminal Prosecutions", Villanova University, 1981 - Present
  • Visiting Lecturer, "Preparation of Psychiatric/Psychological Reports in Criminal Cases", Norristown State Hospital, Forensic Psychiatry/Psychology
  • Recent Trends in Criminal Law
  • Should Defendant Testify; Preparation
  • Use of Psychiatric and Psychological Experts
  • Insanity as a Defense to Criminal Prosecutions
  • Cross-Examination of an Informant
  • Cross-Examination Techniques
  • Five County Seminar - Criminal Procedures
  • Criminal Justice System in Delaware County
  • Ethical Issues in the Practice of Criminal Law
  • Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • Civil Rights
  • Techniques and Strategies in Criminal Trial Advocacy
  • Role of Supreme Court and Judicial Review
  • Evidentiary Issues Panel
  • Federal Criminal Practice
  • The Key to Professional Felicity

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Service Award, President of Student Body, Villanova University, 1977
  • Two Years of Service Award, Radnor Fire Co., 1976
  • Elected to Outstanding Young Men in America, 1976 - 1977
  • Nominated to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, 1977
  • Outstanding Service Award, Delaware County Bar Association, 1987
  • Outstanding Service Award, Delaware County Bar Association, 1988
  • Nicholas D. Vadino, Jr. Memorial Award, Significant Contributions by a Young Lawyer to the Organized Bar, 1989
  • Award of Appreciation, Delaware County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1989
  • Liberty Award Presented by the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1990
  • Man of the Year, Lawyers Club, Delaware County Bar Association, 1993
  • Award of the Officers and Directors, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1995
  • President's Award - Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1998
  • The Honorable Paul R. Sand President's Award of the Delaware County Bar Association, 2011
  • The Charles P. Gelso President's Award of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2011
  • Best Law Firms - Pennsylvania - U.S. News and World Report, 2014
  • Listed in "The Best Lawyers in America"
  • A-V Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Delaware County Bar Association, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2004 - Present
  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers, Fellow, 1990 - Present
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 2004 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 1990
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Co-Founder; Past President
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Co-Chairman, Lawyers Assistance Strike Force, 1990 - Present
  • Delaware County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Founder; President, 1986 - 1989
  • Delaware County Bar Association Committees, Member, Criminal Legal Education Rules, Trial Practices, Civil Rights
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court Criminal Procedural Rules Committee, Member, 1992 - 1998
  • American Law Institute – Model Penal Code – (Sex Offenses), Advisor

Past Employment Positions

  • Malady & Donato, Partner, 1984 - 1996
  • Prodoehl, Malady & Donato, Partner, 1983 - 1984
  • Prodoehl, James & Donato, Associate, 1980 - 1983
  • Law Offices of Eugene J. Malady, Law Clerk, 1977 - 1980
  • Office of the District Attorney for the County of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Intern, 1979
  • Law Offices of G. Bradley Rainer, Law Clerk, 1979