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Carol Crabtree Donovan is an attorney-mediator and a trained collaborator and facilitator. She has practiced law in Dallas for over 30 years and has served as a mediator for the county, state and federal courts in Dallas, Texas for over 20 years. For specific areas of practice in which she has been involved as a litigator and/or a mediator, see the "Experience" tab.

Carol is a native of Dallas. She attended Bryan Adams High School and the University of Texas at Austin, where she was the first woman elected as Student Body President. During college, she worked in the Austin, Texas and Washington, D.C. offices of U.S. Congressman J.J. ("Jake") Pickle. After earning her law degree at Texas Tech School of Law, Carol served as a briefing attorney for U.S. District Judge Robert M. Parker.

Carol is a public speaker, speaking most often in the North Texas area on conflict resolution, human rights, civility, and politics. Her volunteer activities reflect her interests in human rights and international matters. For additional information on Carol's community activities, see the "Civic Involvement" tab.

Carol is married to Dan Donovan, a shareholder of the law firm of Geary, Porter & Donovan, PC. They are the proud parents of two adult children: Kathleen, an attorney in Dallas; and Patrick, a law student at OU Law School.


 For 20 years, Carol Crabtree Donovan has served as an attorney-mediator for pre-litigation disputes and for county, state and federal courts of Dallas.

Areas of Experience
Alternate Dispute Resolution; Bankruptcy; Business; Corporate; Commercial Law; Contracts; Constitutional Law; Employment; Estate Planning; Guardianship; Insurance Coverage; Medical Malpractice; Personal Injury; Probate; Products Liability; Real Property; Tort; and Worker's Compensation


Licensed by the State Bar of Texas in 1980
Practiced law in Dallas County since 1981
Served as an Attorney-Mediator in Dallas County since 1993
Credentialed: Texas Mediation Credentialing Association Trained as a Collaborator/Facilitator in 2011

Legal Employment
Carol Crabtree Donovan, PC: Owner, 1993-Present
Sherman & Yaquinto, LLP: Partner, Associate, 1989-1993
Denton & Guinan, PC, Associate, 1986-1989
Cowles & Thompson, PC, Associate, 1981-1986
U.S. District Judge Robert M. Parker, Briefing Attorney, 1980-1981
Administrative Posts Peacemakers Incorporated, Executive Director, 2010-2012
Castleberry Peace Institute, Founding Director, 2009-2010
Congressman J.J. ("Jake") Pickle, Staff Aide, 1976-1977
UT Alumni Assoc. Washington Internship Program, Director, '76-'77
UT Austin, Student Body President (1st woman), 1975-1976

Texas Tech School of Law, Doctorate of Jurisprudence, 1980
University of Texas at Austin, B.S., Bilingual Education, 1977


Carol Crabtree Donovan is an attorney-mediator, public speaker and community volunteer. In both her professional and her community work, Carol works to resolve disputes and facilitate communication.

Carol currently serves as 1st Vice President of the Oak Cliff Lions Club. In 2012, she was selected to participate in the Class of 2013 of Leadership Dallas, a program of the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce.

She is the former Executive Director of Peacemakers Incorporated, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization focused on conflict resolution. For 2 years, she served as President of Peacemakers and Chairwoman of its 3rd International Women's Peace Conference, attended in Dallas, Texas in July 2007 by over 1,400 delegates, including 3 Nobel Peace Laureates, from 45 countries. She was the Founding Director of the Castleberry Peace Institute, now owned and operated by the University of North Texas (UNT).

As Student Body President at the University of Texas at Austin, Carol successfully lobbied for compliance with Title IX. In Dallas, she reinstated the Dallas Women's Coalition and founded the Susan B. Anthony Award Luncheon, now sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Dallas. From 2007 to 2013, Carol served as Legislative Reporter for the Women's Issues Network, reporting monthly on legistlation and court cases that affect women.

Carol is particularly proud of her service as an Assistant Girl Scout Leader for her daughter's troop, the largest group in Dallas history to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award. In 2004, she received a District Service Award for her service as a Badge Counselor for Boy Scout Troop 42, assisting Scouts, including her son, who earned their Eagle Scout Badges. Please see below for a list of Honors and Awards.

Honors and Awards
AV Rating: Martindale-Hubble Legal Directory
Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce: Leadership Dallas, 2013
League of Women Voters of Dallas: Virginia McDonald Leadership Award, 2013
Texas Lawyer: "Top-Rated Lawyer" listing, 2012
Southwest Jewish Congress: "Inspiring Women of the Southwest" Award, 2012
Dallas Peace Center: "Peacemaker of the Year" Award, 2009
The Women's Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate: Leadership America, 2009
The Women's Museum: Women Helping Women ("Maura") Award, 2007
Boy Scouts of America: District Service Award, 2004
Foundation for Women's Resources: Leadership Texas, 2002
Who's Who of American Executives, 2000
Toastmasters International Area Humorous Speech Competition: 1st Place, 2000

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