Donna W. Low

Donna W. Low

Managing Partner
Sacramento, California

Ms. Low has been the Managing Partner of Low McKinley Baleria & Salenko, LLP since the firm’s inception in 2004. The ten member firm defends physicians, hospitals and other health care providers in professional liability and licensing matters in Northern and Central California. Ms. Low is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys and is an invited member of the California Medical Legal Committee, an organization which limits its membership to seventy attorneys in California.  From 2014-2019, she was selected as a Super Lawyer in Northern California and has been featured in The Recorder as a top rated attorney in Healthcare Law.

Ms. Low has been AV rated since 2005 and is a Fellow of the Litigation Council of America. She has successfully tried numerous professional liability cases to jury verdict as well as administrative licensing matters. Prior to being admitted to the California Bar in 1990, Ms. Low was a Registered Nurse for fifteen years and was certified by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Ms. Low has lectured and published on a broad range of subjects in the medical-legal context. She has presented accredited programs to physicians on behalf of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and has presented several accredited programs to attorneys which were sponsored by Continuing Education of the Bar. Ms. Low has lectured to staff of acute care hospitals and long term care facilities on issues ranging from effective communication, patient hand offs, documentation and risk management strategies.

Since 2009, Ms. Low has been listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and is also listed in the Lexis Nexis of Register of Preeminent Women’s Lawyers. She is a member of the American Bar Association, California State Bar Association, Defense Council of Northern California, Defense Research Institute, the Sacramento Bar Association and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates since 2018.

Ms. Low served for four years on the Executive Committee for the Law Practice Management and Technology section of the California State Bar Association.


Areas of Practice

  • Civil Trial
  • Insurance Defense
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Elder Abuse
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Medical Malpractice, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, 2013

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1990


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California - 1990
  • Eastern Kentucky University
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science magna cum laude - 1978
    • Honors: Selected for membership in the Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society
    • Major: Nursing


  • Failure to Diagnose Myocardial Infarction
  • Dynamic Techniques for Using Expert Witnesses
  • How to Present and Attack Documentary and Demonstrative Evidence
  • Medical-Legal Risks and Experiences in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery
  • Long-Term Care Liability

Honors and Awards

  • Accepted to the 2009 Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • California Medical Legal Committee
  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America

Past Employment Positions

  • Coronary Care, Nurse Manager