C.J. Donald


Education and Clerkships

J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2017, Chancellor’s Law Scholar; President, VLS Honor Council

B.A., Government, Centre College, 2014, Max P. Cavnes Prize

  • Intern, Family Court Division, New York City Law Dept., 2015
  • Intern, the Honorable Judge Joseph Hood, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 2015


Texas, 2017

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, 2017


CJ Donald practices in the firm’s Finance Practice Group with diligence and vigor.

During law school, CJ cultivated his advocacy skills through participation in Vanderbilt’s Moot Court Competition and the ABA’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition, in which his teams were semifinalists and national qualifiers, respectively. In recognition of his dedication, CJ received the K. Harlan Dodson Award, given annually to the Moot Court staff member who rendered the most outstanding service in all aspects of the program. He also provided editorial research assistance to Professor Edward K. Cheng for the economic expertise chapter of Modern Scientific Evidence, 2016 edition.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Board of Directors, 2020
  • Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, Associate, 2019-2020
  • Genesis Young Leaders Board of Directors, Co-Secretary and Membership Committee Member, 2019-2020
  • Genesis Young Leaders Board of Directors, Member at Large, 2018-2019
  • Equal Access to Justice Committee - Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Committee Co-Chair, 2019
  • Equal Access to Justice Committee - Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Committee Member, 2018-2019


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