Donna McBride is a seasoned trial lawyer having litigated to verdict hundreds of cases, many of which were jury trials. Her litigation practice is diverse. In addition to having an active personal injury practice, Donna has successfully helped both businesses and individuals involved in disputes arising out of contracts, insurance, employment and estate and trust matters.
Donna is a Shareholder at Miller, Miller & Canby where she has practiced in the litigation department since 2004. She is a native and lifelong resident of Montgomery County. Both before and after joining MM&C, she played leading roles in several multi-million dollar disputes, trying many of those cases to verdict. In early 2019, Donna was invited to be a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Fellowship in the “College” is by invitation only to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards. Membership cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province.
In addition to her background as a trial lawyer, Donna is very active in the legal community. In 2023, she was appointed by Governor Moore to her 3rd four-year term on the Judicial Nominating Commission which selects and nominates to the Governor lawyers seeking judicial vacancies. Also in 2023, the Maryland Supreme Court appointed Donna to the Attorney Grievance Commission which oversees the conduct of both Maryland attorneys and nonmembers of the Maryland Bar who engage in the practice of law. She is also a member of, and former co-chair of, the Maryland State Bar Association’s Judicial Selections Committee and continues to be active in the Montgomery County Bar Association where she previously served several terms on the Executive Committee as well as the Treasurer for the 2018-2019 term. She is a former President, and current member (sitting on the Board), of the Montgomery County Inn of Court.
In 2023, Donna was recognized as Litigator of the Year by the Litigation Section of the Maryland State Bar Association. The Litigator of the Year Award “recognizes distinguished litigators for recent standout accomplishments or career dedication and achievement in litigation.” Donna is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is recognized annually both as a Best Lawyer and Super Lawyer.
Donna McBride was referred to me after I was involved in an automobile accident which left me with partial hearing loss and chronic back pain. I was immediately impressed by her attention to detail, patience and guidance. I completely trusted her judgement and she did an outstanding job negotiating a settlement on my behalf. The entire experience with Miller, Miller & Canby really exceeded my expectations.
Evelyn, at 93 years of age, was run over by a car in a parking lot while walking to her doctor's appointment. As a personal injury attorney we could not have been more pleased with Donna McBride. She was attentive to our needs, walked us through the process and, in the end, helped us getting the best possible settlement for our case. I would highly recommend Donna for her knowledge and expertise in her field and her sincere compassion for her clients.
Evelyn Perlmutter and Diane Reynolds
Donna and Diane defended Catalina Pool Builders in a construction arbitration. In the face of a large damages claim, they succinctly and thoughtfully made legal arguments and cross-examined the claimants’ witnesses. As a result of their work, the arbitrator denied the claimant any award. Needless to say, we are very happy with their work and the results achieved.
Scott Seyfferth, Catalina Pool Builders, LLC
Donna McBride successfully litigated a recent case for me. Her expertise, diligence, and intuition are all truly remarkable. Moreover, she is ethical and compassionate. Bravo to Donna, her firm, and all their outstanding work!
Steven M. Shimoura, M.D.
I / we would definitely want to be Donna’s client and not her opposition! Donna commands the courtroom; she is sharp, thinks on her feet. We had great success!
Bijan & Lynn, Kazerouni Bijan Enterprises, LLC
I highly recommend attorney Donna McBride with Miller, Miller, and Canby. Donna represented me and my company in a very complex civil litigation matter. From my initial meeting with her through to the end of the case, Donna completely understood the intricacies and nuances of the case and the issues involved. She was also someone who thought “outside the box” and was innovative in her thinking. She was extremely knowledgeable, efficient, always well-prepared, and a very strong advocate. I have full and complete trust in her legal advice and anyone who hires Donna to represent them will be in the best of hands.
Shelly D. McKeon, Esquire, The McKeon Law Firm
Donna and Diane, taking a moment to reflect upon the many things for which I have to be thankful, I wanted to let you know that you both are amongst them. I am so grateful for the work and the time that you put into my case(s) this summer and beyond. I appreciate your professionalism and candor. You are both so very good at what you do; watching you was inspiring. Please accept my sincere thanks.
We received outstanding service from the firm and our personal thanks go to Donna McBride for her persistent efforts, professionalism, compassion, and her ability to explain complicated legal issues so that we could easily understand our rights. My husband and I were quite pleased with the resolution of our case.
I want to thank Donna McBride and the team at Miller, Miller and Canby for doing an amazing job handling our daughter's case. Donna truly cared about our daughter and treated her with empathy and kindness while fighting hard to ensure she received fair compensation for her claim. The final outcome was better than we expected, and I highly recommend Donna and her team if you are in need of legal counsel.
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
- U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
- Bar Association of Montgomery County
- Maryland State Bar Association
- Maryland Defense Counsel
- Montgomery County Inn of Court
- Judge – High School Mock Trial Competition
- Montgomery County District Court Mediator
- American University, J.D., 1990
- Georgetown University, B.S, B.A., 1986
Honors and Awards
- 2023 Litigator of the Year, Maryland State Bar Association Litigation Section
- Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
- Selected as Super Lawyer for Maryland and District of Columbia (2014 – present)
- Montgomery County Bar Association, Executive Committee (2012-2014)
- Montgomery County Bar Foundation, Bar Leader
- Elected to Serve as Treasurer, Montgomery County Bar Association (2018-2019 term)
- Member, Maryland State Bar Association Judicial Selections Committee (former Co-Chair)
- Character Committee, Seventh Circuit, Member (2010-2013)
- Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, Court of Appeals of Maryland (2013-present)
- Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission for District 11 (2015-present)
- Best Lawyers, 2022-2024
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Rating
Shimoura v. Gazmen
Donna represented a physician who was the victim of embezzlement over several decades by his trusted office manager. The manager denied the theft and after a 6-day jury trial, the office manager was found liable for compensatory and punitive damages. The compensatory award was in excess of $900,000.
Prywes, et al. v. Van Dusen
Donna represented two individuals who were the victims of a “spying landlord.” The property owner, Dennis Van Dusen, rented rooms in his residence to young attractive females, and then spied on them by using video cameras disguised as smoke detectors mounted in various bedrooms throughout the house. After a 5-day jury trial, Mr. Van Dusen was found liable for both compensatory and punitive damages in an amount in excess of $1,000,000.
Khafra v. Beckwitt
Donna represented the family of a young man, Askia Khafra, burned to death in a home in Bethesda. The young man was hired by Daniel Beckwitt to dig a secret bunker underneath the home. After a fire broke out in the home, Askia, who was in the tunnels at the time, was unable to escape and perished in the fire. The case settled for a confidential sum at mediation.
Perlmutter v. Kalita
Donna represented Evelyn Perlmutter who was walking in a parking lot when she was struck by a car that was backing out of a parking space. Ms. Perlmutter sustained serious injuries. The case settled at mediation for $300,000.
Kazerouni v. Kazerouni
This case involved a dispute between father and son over the transfer of real property. Donna represented the son, to whom the father had deeded his home. After a dispute, the father tried to undo the transaction. After a bench trial, the Court found in favor of the son.
McKeon v. Rowe
Donna represented a law firm that was the victim of employee theft. The employee denied taking any money improperly. After discovery was completed, Donna filed a motion for summary judgment, which motion was granted, and judgment was entered in favor of the law firm for all damages sought.
DISCLAIMER: THE CASES AND RESULTS DESCRIBED HEREIN ARE REPRESENTATIVE OF PAST RESULTS OBTAINED BY MILLER, MILLER & CANBY, AND ITS ATTORNEYS. PAST CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE FUTURE RESULTS. ALL CASES ARE DISTINCT AND HAVE UNIQUE FACTS, CIRCUMSTANCES AND LEGAL QUESTIONS THAT MUST BE CONSIDERED AND EVALUATED ON THEIR OWN MERIT.