An experienced business and real estate trial lawyer, for more than 22 years Rod Donohoo has advised businesses and executives on general business, transactional and litigation matters. He serves as outside general counsel to national and international companies, advising on transactional, labor and employment, and corporate governance matters, as well as managing retained outside litigation counsel. With extensive arbitration and trial experience, representing both plaintiffs and defendants, he most recently won a $2.4 million judgment after jury trial in a no offer case prior to trial. As a licensed sports agent, Rod Donohoo has also represented numerous professional athletes, including UFC Hall of Fame Champion Ken Shamrock and as counsel, he also represents professional fight promotions.

Areas of Litigation Practice

  • General Business litigation, including breach of contract and business tort claims
  • Shareholder, LLC member and partnership litigation
  • Employment and labor law litigation
  • Banking Litigation
  • Serious Personal Injury
  • Real Estate Litigation

Representative Clients’ Areas of Business/Profession

  • Architects
  • Contractors and construction related companies
  • Custom house brokers
  • Developers
  • Engineers
  • Freight forwarders
  • Insurance Agencies
  • International shipping companies
  • Manufacturers
  • Mortgage and real estate brokers
  • Physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists
  • Professional

Other Prior Professional Experience

  • Judge Pro Tem, San Diego Municipal and Superior Courts
  • Outside General Counsel, Boys and Girls Club (National City)
  • Designated and Testified as Expert Witness in Superior Court in Business and Real Estate Litigation
  • Licensed Sports Agent, State of California
  • Team Manager, IFL Lions
  • Fraternal Order of Police Panel Counsel
  • Police Officer, Alaska


California State Bar (1989)
United States District Court, Southern, Central and Northern Districts of California (1990)
United States Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit (1990)


California Western School of Law (J.D. magna cum laude) (1989)
    -Managing Editor, Law Review and International Law Journal
University of Alaska, Anchorage (B.A. cum laude) (1986)