On behalf of my mom and our family, we thank you. There are no words that can express our gratitude and appreciation. You were not only a stellar attorney, you showed compassion and genuine care for all of us. We will forever be thankful to you.
– Stacy B.
Donna M. MacKenzie devotes a majority of her practice to representing individuals injured as a result of neglect and abuse in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult foster care homes, as well as medical malpractice.
Ms. MacKenzie has received numerous awards and recognition for her work, including being recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of Michigan’s Most Notable Women Lawyers in 2017, being selected to the Michigan Lawyers Weekly Leaders in the Law Class of 2017, receiving the F. Scott Baldwin Award from the American Association for Justice in 2015, being named to the Michigan Top 100 Super Lawyers list from 2015-2017, and being recognized in 2016 and 2018 by Best Lawyers in America as Medical Malpractice “Lawyer of the Year” in Troy.
Ms. MacKenzie is also the author of a number of legal articles, and a frequent speaker at seminars presented by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education, State Bar of Michigan, American Association for Justice, and Michigan Association for Justice. Her topics include all aspects of nursing home litigation, as well as the resolution of Medicare liens in personal injury cases.
Ms. MacKenzie is also a leader in a number of state and national organizations. She is currently the President-Elect of the Michigan Association for Justice, Vice-Chair for the American Association for Justice Nursing Home Litigation Group, a member of the council of the State Bar of Michigan Negligence Section, and Immediate Past President of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM). In April 2018, Ms. MacKenzie will be sworn in as the 100th President of WLAM.
Ms. MacKenzie is a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation, a Fellow of the Oakland County Bar Foundation, and a Trustee of the Macomb County Bar Foundation. These non-profit organizations serve the public by funding and promoting programs to increase access to the justice system.
Ms. MacKenzie regularly serves as a case evaluator in Macomb County, and has served as a private arbitrator in civil disputes.
She also serves as a team co-captain for the annual “Walk to End Alzheimers” and “The Longest Day” events, both of which benefit the Alzheimer’s Society.
Ms. MacKenzie has also testified before the legislature a number of times to protect patient’s rights, including testifying against bills that would have given hospitals and physicians complete immunity for negligence that occurs in the Emergency Department.
How I Serve Clients
After a loved one has been injured in a nursing home, assisted living facility or adult foster care home, most family members have little to no information about how or why the injury occurred. Unfortunately, a lot of times, the facility will not provide a family with answers to questions and refuses to turn over the incident report.
This is understandably frustrating. A significant event like a fall, choking incident or bedsore is a major life changing event, and in some cases, can result in death. This leads most families to feel betrayed because the trust they placed in the nursing home to keep their loved one safe has been broken.
The most satisfying things we are able to do for our clients are investigate incidents, find out what happened and provide answers to our clients.
Many times, we find that the incident occurred as a result of negligence. Sometimes, however, we find that an incident was not preventable. Through our investigations, we are able to provide answers to our clients either way, which can provide families with comfort. And in those situations where we are able to prove negligence, we can seek justice for the person who has been injured.
Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities and their families should not have to worry about abuse or neglect, or that sub-standard care will result in injury or death. Our parents in these facilities should be taken care of with the highest possible care, just as they once cared for us.
We are proud to advocate on behalf of the elderly and work toward the goal of eliminating nursing home and long-term care facility abuse and neglect.
Pro Bono and Public Service
- Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Team Captain (2013-present)
- Longest Day Alzheimer’s Association Fundraiser, Annual Sips on Solstice Event, Co-Chair (2016-present)
- Michigan State Bar Foundation, Fellow
- Oakland County Bar Association, Fellow
- Macomb County Bar Association, Trustee
- Pro Bono Legal Counsel for Citizens for Better Care
- Participate in civic-oriented projects for the Public Service Committee of the New Lawyers Division of the American Association for Justice, including the following:
- Habitat for Humanity in Chicago, IL (2012)
- Habitat for Humanity in New York City, New York (2011)
- Habitat for Humanity in Miami, FL (2011)
- Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (2010)
- The Shelter Network in Daly City, California (2009)
- Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans, Louisiana (2009)
- The Eliza Shirley House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2008)
- $8 million settlement for victims of Farid Fata, M.D., who misdiagnosed patients with cancer
- $4.4 million verdict for a woman injured as a result of a medication error by her doctor
- $2.2 million judgment for 90-year-old woman who died as a result of a head injury from a fall in an adult foster care home
- $765,000 judgment for an 84-year-old nursing home resident who died after suffering blunt force trauma to his head
- $471,500 settlement for a woman who died from an untreated scabies infection in an adult foster care home
- $250,000 settlement for nursing home resident found to have maggot infestation around her bladder catheter