Donia A. Royster is a Partner in the Los Angeles office as well as the Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion of Resnick & Louis, P.C. Donia has a legal career spanning over 20 years that has focused on complex civil litigation, including premises liability, products liability, hospitality and retail defense, employment, and construction defect cases in both State and Federal Courts. Donia represents transportation and trucking companies in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including commercial vehicles and farming equipment. Donia has successfully defended her clients in jury trials, binding arbitrations, and mediations. As an experienced litigator, she has taken and defended expert and percipient witness depositions in complex first and third-party cases. Donia utilizes her legal abilities to advise and protect corporate clients’ interest both financially and in reputation to ensure its ongoing success. Donia is passionate about aggressively representing her clients, preparing the strongest defense available, and obtaining a case resolution that serves the clients’ best interest. Donia has also had several and recent dismissals of cases by way of summary judgment.
Prior to joining Resnick & Louis, she spent years as an in-house counsel for several large national insurance companies and as a senior counsel with a multi-national law firm. Throughout her career, Donia has supervised, mentored, and trained associates while successfully managing complex litigation matters. Donia has served as a mentor to law students and legal professionals in various capacities since 2004. Donia has injected diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) principles throughout each role she has taken on. To further strengthen her ability to support various DEI initiatives, Donia obtained a certification in diversity and inclusion through Cornell University.
Donia obtained her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from California State University Long Beach, in 1996. She then received her Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School in 2000. During law school, Donia was a board member of the Trial Advocacy Honors Program and developed a passion for trials.
Donia is licensed to practice law in the state of California.