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Donna Mikel

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Doug Hamill

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Krista Guinn

As our paralegal and practice administrator, Krista will work directly with you to get you in contact with the services that you need.  Krista has decades of experience helping to ensure that clients receive the careful attention they deserve.  

Donna J. Mikel

Donna has practiced employment law and litigation since graduating with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2000.  She spent the first part of her career representing employers on topics such as wage and hour issues, termination considerations, and litigation strategies in a wide array of lawsuits.

Donna's practice then shifted in 2007 to representing primarily employees and their rights in the workplace.  Donna has first chaired or co-chaired a number of jury trials in state and federal court and has earned multi-million dollar verdicts for her clients as a result. 

Due to her wisdom acquired from representing both sides in litigation, Donna has also developed a successful mediation practice.  She loves to help people find practical solutions for their employment dilemmas.  

Donna grew up and attended college in Great Falls, Montana, earning a B.S. in Criminal Justice, summa cum laude.  Donna went to law school at the University of Georgia, graduating magna cum laude and as a member of the Order of the Coif.

Donna's recent awards include:

  • 2019 Lawyer of the Year- Litigation--Labor & Employment, Best Lawyers in America
  • Rated AV, Preeminent, Martindale Hubbell
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2014-present
  • Client Rating 5.0 out of 5.0, Martindale Hubbell
  • Federal Bar Association President's Award

Additionally, Donna has held the following offices:

  • Chattanooga Chapter of the Federal Bar Association--President, Past President, Government Liaison, Civics Coordinator, Editor
  • Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Labor and Employment Council (2018-2019)
  • Member, District Civics Committee, Eastern District of Tennessee
  • Member, CJA Panel Selection Committee, U.S. District Court, Eastern District Tennessee, 2016-2019
  • Barrister Member, The Justices Ray L. Brock Jr. Robert E. Cooper American Inn of Court
  • Member, Tennessee Employment Lawyers Association

Although Donna's practice and professional life is thriving, she most enjoys spending time with her husband, Ryan, and her four children.  Donna came from a long line of journalists and paid her way through college by waitressing and teaching dance lessons.  She understands how to fight hard and work hard for one's goals.  Donna also spent a period of time as a single mother while practicing law and appreciates the challenge that parents experience trying to juggle all responsibilities.  If you want an attorney with an appreciation for real-life challenges and how to overcome them, then look no further.   

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Douglas S. Hamill

Doug has been practicing employment law since 2004.  He primarily represents victims of employment discrimination, unlawful retaliation, and workplace harassment.  Doug also has represented small businesses against whom employment discrimination charges have been asserted.  He has successfully tried employment cases to juries in both federal and state courts.  In some cases, Doug’s client obtained sizeable punitive damages awards from the jury.  Doug’s employment cases have involved retaliatory discharge and whistleblower protection claims, as well as litigating employment claims involving disability discrimination, age discrimination, race discrimination, sexual harassment, and military discrimination.

Doug is a native of Mississippi, but has lived in Chattanooga since 2003.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from King College in Bristol, Tennessee in 1999 and his law degree from the University of Tennessee in 2003.  In law school, Doug was a member of the Tennessee Law Review, which published his article, “The Fifty Dollar Fines Clause Re-Emerges After Thirty-Five Years of Slumber,” 70 Tenn. L. Rev. 887 (2003).  After law school, Doug served as judicial clerk for the Chancery Court of Hamilton County.  He has been in private practice since 2004.

Doug is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest rating for lawyers.  He is admitted to practice in all courts in Tennessee, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  He has also litigated before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Federal Sector Hearings Unit and the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board.  Doug’s professional memberships include the National Employment Lawyers Association, past board member of the Tennessee chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, and the Chattanooga Bar Association.

Doug spends most of his free time with his wife, Julie, and his six children (four boys and two girls).  He is also active in his church, Mountain Fellowship, and with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.

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