Lorraine Donnelly graduated maxima cum laude from La Salle University before earning her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Temple University Beasley School of Law. While at Temple she served as a staff member and Articles Editor for The Temple Law Review.

Prior to joining Wilkes & McHugh, Ms. Donnelly spent a decade in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney. She successfully prosecuted more than 91 jury trials, including many homicides and major felonies. In 2010, she testified at a Pennsylvania Senate hearing regarding issues of witness intimidation in Philadelphia.


  • Temple University Beasley School of Law  (J.D., cum laude)
  • La Salle University  (B.A., maxima cum laude)

State Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations

Ms. Donnelly is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Temple Law Alumni Association, the Lawyers Club of Philadelphia, American Association for Justice, and the American Bar Association. She has been a guest lecturer for the Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law and held mock trial training for FBI agents.


Ms. Donnelly was named to the 2018 Super Lawyers Pennsylvania Rising Stars list for Personal Injury. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers selects no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state for the Rising Stars list.

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