Donna is an approachable, empathetic lawyer who is tenacious when advocating for her clients.

Donna Woodleigh, B.A. (Hons) LL.B., is a litigation lawyer at Associate level.  She works with our lawyers including Sam McCullough, Kate Hanslow and Alex Cordova in the Estate & Trust Disputes practice area  and in our Family Law practice area.

Donna is a graduate of the University of Tasmania in 1999, and holds a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.   She undertook Mediation training with Positive Solutions, and Restorative Justice Training with JLD Restorative Justice Practices, and has considerable experience and a strong interest in alternative dispute resolution.

Donna was admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of Tasmania in 2000, and has also been admitted as a lawyer by the High Court of Australia.

Donna has worked as both a lawyer and family law mediator in the Government and Not-for-Profit sectors.  Donna is an approachable, empathetic lawyer who is tenacious when advocating for her clients.   She is able to clearly articulate legal issues so they are able to be understood, and so that informed, practical decisions can be made by her clients.  Donna understands the personal nature of the areas of law in which she practices, and is a mother of four.

Donna is an active community member and volunteers with Red Cross, as well as on a number of online platforms.  She is the creator of Tassie Retro Vintage and Collectibles, and coordinates pop up markets and shopping tours.   Donna fundraises for charity including Diabetes Tasmania, and is actively involved with her children’s school and sporting clubs.  In her spare time she can often be found outdoors enjoying a number of Tasmania’s leisure pursuits.

Donna’s recent projects have included

  • taking instructions for and drafting an affidavit in Supreme Court proceedings involving a claim against an estate
  • reviewing and analysing an expert witness report in a complex financial dispute, the subject of a Supreme Court proceeding
  • advising about a dispute about the superannuation of a deceased person, including about the processes of the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal
  • researching and advising about the rights and entitlements of step children, and specifically adult step children, under the Testator’s Family Maintenance Act 1912 (Tas)

Donna is a member of the Law Society of Tasmania, Tasmanian Women’s Lawyers, and Restorative Justice International.  She is an AFS alumni, and a past Rotary Vocational Exchange professional who travelled to Mexico to gain an understanding of her profession in an overseas jurisdiction.

Clients or other advisers, counsellors, financial planners, accountants or professional trustees seeking to instruct or refer to Donna may contact her by the contact details and options on this page.


Professional Memberships:


Law Society of Tasmania

Contact Details:

03 62238899


By appointment only.