Donna M. MacKenzie

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 negligence, neglect, and abuse in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult foster care homes, as well as those harmed by medical malpractice. From offices in Berkeley, Lapeer, and Battle Creek, Donna and the firm serve clients in these areas, as well as greater Detroit and much of Michigan.

In addition to being known for having recovered millions of dollars for nursing home injuries and wrongful death, Donna is also known for having participated as one of the leading attorneys in securing an $8 million settlement against Farid Fata, M.D., who fraudulently misdiagnosed numerous patients with cancer and who is currently serving a lengthy prison sentence.

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 or no information about how or why their loved one’s injury occurred.  Typically, the facility will not be forthright by providing a family with answers to their questions.  Moreover, if a facility is questioned about possible inadequate care, they may often attempt to coverup their wrongdoing.

This is understandably frustrating.  And wrong.

Family members deserve answers when a fall, choking, bedsore, or other injury has occurred.  They need to know if their loved one has been abused or neglected.  Instead, nursing homes and other care facilities can be expected to protect and look out for their own interests – not those of the resident (or the resident’s family).

We are experienced in uncovering the real causes behind an injury.

Many times, we find that an injury or death occurred as the result of negligence, neglect, or even abuse.  Other times, however, we find that an incident was not preventable. In any case, family members deserve to know the truth about their loved one.

Through our investigation, we are able to provide answers to our clients either way, which can provide families with comfort.  And in those situations where we believe that negligence or wrongdoing occurred, we can seek justice for an injured or deceased family member.

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.



  • Consumer Voice President’s Circle of Leaders (2022)
  • 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 Foundation, Fellow
  • Macomb County Bar Foundation, 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