Caroline Powell Donelan


Caroline Donelan counsels and defends domestic and foreign corporations in all areas of employment law compliance and litigation, including wage and hour class actions, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, trade secret disputes and data protection, and alleged fiduciary breaches.

Caroline’s proactive risk management practice includes drafting key workplace policies, conducting supervisor training, managing workplace investigations, and providing day-to-day counseling on the wide variety of employment and labor issues her clients face.

Caroline also provides transactional support and advice on stock and asset purchase agreements, including buy- and sell-side due diligence and negotiating executive agreements.


Value-Driven Results:

  • Motion to dismiss granted in federal court for Fortune 500 client, dismissing with prejudice claims for gender discrimination, sex harassment, and failure to prevent discrimination and harassment.
  • Pre-discovery, court-approved settlement reached in California wage and hour class and representative action. Class claims settled at 10% of demand.
  • Identified potential wage and hour liabilities and managed pre-litigation release roll-out for putative class members, resulting in a 77 percent reduction in potential class claimants.

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  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
Professional Activities

Caroline sits on the advisory board of A Vision of Health, a nonprofit providing mobile mammography and comprehensive women’s health education to underserved communities throughout Los Angeles County.

She is also the co-founder of MAMAs LA (Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association), a family-friendly networking and support organization focused on the distinct issues women face while toggling the dual role of mother and attorney, including work-life balance, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and women’s advancement.



  • California
  • North Carolina


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA