Justice Christine Donohue


January 2016 to January 2026


  • East Stroudsburg University, 1974
  • Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., 1980
  • Served on the Duquesne Law Review

Professional Experience

  • Private Practice, 1980-2007
  • Elected Judge of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, 2007
  • Elected Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, 2015
  • Private law firm practice manager, commercial litigation department
  • Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline, former judge
  • Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners, former chair and member
  • Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board, former chair and member
  • Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, former member

Memberships and Associations

  • Academy of Trial Lawyer of Allegheny County
  • Elected Fellow American College of Trial Lawyers
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Allegheny County Bar Foundation, charter member
  • American Bar Foundation
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • The Pennsylvania Society
  • W. Edward Sell Chapter of the American Inns of Court
  • Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Past President
  • Hill House Association, past board member
  • Served on the Board of Governors, Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Chair, Young Lawyers Division, Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, House of Delegates member
  • Make a Wish Foundation of Western Pennsylvania, past board member
  • Turtle Creek Valley Mental Health/Mental Retardation, Inc., past board member
  • National Aviary of Pittsburgh, past board member
  • Duquesne University School of Law, Advisory Board Member

Awards and Honors

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2005-2008
  • Celebrate & Share Women of Achievement Award, 2008
  • Pennsylvania Law Weekly, Women Leaders in the Legal Profession, 2008
  • Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women, Woman of the Year, 2015
  • Held the AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, reaching the highest of professional excellence and recognized for the highest level of skill and integrity
  • Named as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • Named as one of the Top 50 Attorneys in Pittsburgh
  • Twice recognized as one of Pennsylvania’s Women Leaders in the Legal Profession
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, East Stroudsburg University, 2016
  • Woman of the Year Award, Duquesne Kline Women’s Law Association, 2023
  • Judge Robert E. Dauer Award for Judicial Leadership & Excellence, Amen Corner, 2023