Faculty Profile: Donna Mikel

Donna MikelMikel & Hamill PLLC620 Lindsay Street, Suite 200 Chattanooga, TN 37403 Work Phone: (423) 541-5400Website: www.mhemploymentlaw.comEmail Address:
Previous Courses Taught (5)
  • COVID-19 Rewrites the Rules of the Employment Road
  • 23rd Annual Labor & Employment Forum 2019
  • Labor and Employment: Evolving Gender Issues in Employment
  • 21st Annual Labor & Employment Forum
  • The Business of Lawyering: Professional Development for Today‚Äôs Attorney [Chattanooga]


Donna has practiced in the area of employment law and litigation since graduating with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2000.  She spent the first half of her career representing primarily employers on topics such as wage and hour issues, termination considerations, and litigation strategies in a wide array of employment lawsuits. 

Driven by a passion to help others, her practice then shifted to representing employees and their rights in the workplace.  Donna has represented employees in a number of jury trials in state and federal court and has earned successful verdicts for her clients as a result.  Although the bulk of her practice has focused on employment law, overtime laws, discrimination suits, collective actions, and harassment issues, Donna has also maintained a steady load of federal criminal cases.

Practice Areas

Employment Law

Employment Discrimination

Fair Labor Standards Act

Disability Law/Family and Medical Leave Act

Sexual Harassment and Discrimination/Equal Pay Act

Retaliation Cases

Age and Race Discrimination

Federal Criminal Defense

Civil Litigation

Covenants Not to Compete Litigation

EEOC/OFCCP Proceedings



University of Great Falls

B.S. in Criminal Justice, summa cum laude, 1997

University of Georgia School of Law

J.D., magna cum laude, 2000

Member, National First Amendment Moot Court Team, 1998-2000

Editor-in-Chief, Georgia League Report, 1999-2000


Professional Recognitions/Awards

Member, Order of the Coif

Rated AV, Preeminent on Martindale Hubbell

Client Rating of 5.0 out of 5.0 on Martindale Hubbell

National Bankruptcy Institute Scholar

Recipient, Corpus Juris Secondum Award for highest grade in criminal law

Chattanooga Chapter of the Federal Bar Association WOW award, 2008

Chattanooga Chapter of the Federal Bar Association President's Award, 2012 and 2013

National Meritorious Newsletter Award from the Federal Bar Association, 2013, for theQuarterly Journal


Professional Activities/Offices

President-Elect, Chattanooga Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, 2014

Secretary, Chattanooga Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, 2013

Director, Chattanooga Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, 2011-2012

Editor and Contributor, Quarterly Journal, 2012-2013

Barrister Member, The Justices Ray L. Brock Jr. Robert E. Cooper American Inn of Court

Member, Tennessee Employment Lawyers Association


Pro Bono/Community Activities

President and Director, Girls, Inc. of Chattanooga, 2001-2006

Graduate, Leadership Chattanooga, 2005

Director, St. Andrews Center, 2006

Member, Covenant Life Worship Center

Member, Phi Alpha Delta


Recently Published Cases

Moates v. Hamilton County Register of Deeds, 2013 WL 5568723 (E.D. Tenn. 2013)

Williams v. WTCI, 349 S.W. 3d 501 (Tenn Ct. App. 2011)

White v. MPW, Inc., 236 F.R.D. 363 (E.D. Tenn. 2006)