Stephen R. Donat

Stephen R. Donat

Associate, Commercial & Criminal Litigation

Mr. Donat focuses primarily on factual investigations, motion practice, and appeals in connection with commercial and criminal litigation. His experience includes trials in various state and federal courts and before alternative dispute resolution tribunals. Mr. Donat also litigates a wide range of employment and labor law matters, with an emphasis on defending private companies in both federal and state court actions involving alleged discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims arising under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, and other federal and state laws. In addition, Mr. Donat’s intellectual property practice concentrates on patent litigation in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, where he serves as co-counsel and local counsel to national law firms litigating patent issues in the District of New Jersey.

While in law school, Mr. Donat served as editor of the Seton Hall Law Review and worked with the Impact Litigation Clinic at the Seton Hall Center for Social Justice, where he represented indigent clients in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to joining Gibbons, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Katharine S. Hayden of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and Justice Lee A. Solomon of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Credentials

Education

Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., cum laude)

  • Seton Hall Law Review, Member

Manhattan College (B.A.)

Professional Admissions

State of New Jersey

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Professional Activities

Federal Bar Council

Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey

Essex County Bar Association

John C. Lifland American Inn of Court

National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice

Judicial Clerkship(s)

Law clerk to the Honorable Katharine S. Hayden, U.S.D.J., United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Law clerk to the Honorable Lee A. Solomon, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of New Jersey

Civic/Charitable Activities

Mentor, Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County

Mentor, NJ LEEP

Legal Employment

Clinical student, Seton Hall Center for Social Justice, Seton Hall University School of Law

Judicial intern, Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of New Jersey

Judicial extern to the Honorable James B. Clark, III, U.S.M.J., United States District Court for the District of New Jersey