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Our practice

Much of enjoying work is enjoying the people you work with. Sean Donahue and David Goldberg became friends while serving as clerks to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, then of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Both then served as law clerks to U.S. Supreme Court Justices before heading off on separate career paths, Sean to a large law firm, and then the Justice Department, and David to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and then to a solo appellate practice. A decade later, they both found themselves in solo practices and missing the collaborative process, the review insights, and, to a certain extent, the camaraderie that comes with a group practice. They began to use each other as sounding boards, improving their work and their work life through the collaboration.

In 2006, David and Sean established Donahue & Goldberg, LLP. Ten years later, they were joined by Susannah Landes Weaver, who arrived from a large firm after clerking for Justice Breyer. Two years after that, in 2018, Matt Littleton came to the firm from the Department of Justice, bringing years of experience litigating environmental and land-use appeals on behalf of the United States and federal agencies. The representation Sean, David, Susannah and Matt provide combines the collective efforts of keen legal scholars with a creative irreverence and conviviality that makes them very accessible and easy to work with. They labor under the belief that practicing law should be meaningful and fun.

Sean, David, Susannah and Matt focus their practice on constitutional, environmental and civil rights litigation. They regularly lead coalitions of public interest organizations, State and local governments, and private firms in federal and state litigation designed to produce a healthier, safer environment and fairer administration of the law.

Priding themselves on their broad strategic thinking, ability to take into account diverse voices, and concise and persuasive writing, Sean, David, Susannah and Matt specialize in complex appeals and agency record review cases. They understand that successfully litigating such cases requires more than mastering the law and the facts; it requires considering subtle distinctions and trends within the relevant body of law, understanding underlying policy consideration that shape the law, and, through principal and amicus briefs and other filings, crafting a compelling story for the judges.