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Donna M. Brewer

Donna M. Brewer heads the firm's litigation and employment practice groups. She is a member of all federal and state courts in Massachusetts and has been a practicing attorney for over 40 years. Donna has represented towns and regional entities for 25 years. Donna has been recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer® in the practice area of state, local and municipal law every year since 2017. Donna is named in the Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™ for achieving the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards (AV® Preeminent™).

Prior to joining Harrington Heep, Donna was a partner in the Boston law firm of Casner & Edwards, LLP and an associate with the New York law firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed. She received her A.B. degree cum laude from Middlebury College and her J.D. from New York University School of Law. Donna's years as a lead Town Counsel provide the firm's clients with depth of knowledge in the full range of matters of particular concern to municipal government, such as Town Meeting, municipal finance, personnel issues, and local board practice and procedure, to name just a few. She got her start in the municipal field by serving as a volunteer appointed member of her town’s Historic District Commission and later as its chairman before being appointed as Town Counsel. 


Donna is New England born and bred, with three children and a rotating collection of cats and dogs. In her spare time, she volunteers at the New England Aquarium as a diver in the Giant Ocean Tank. Reading and worldwide travel complete her primary interests. She looks forward to a tiger safari in India in the spring.

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