Meet the Faculty

Adjunct Faculty, Study Abroad Faculty

Joseph R. Donnini

Adjunct Professor of Law

  • B.A., Drew University
  • J.D., Whittier Law School

Contact Information

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Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 230
Building Two, Room 230

Areas of Expertise

Business Transactions, Copyright Law, Real Estate Transactions, Sports Law

Professor Joe Donnini is an experienced attorney, entrepreneur, educator, and business consultant. Over the past 15 years, he has had diverse experiences ranging from working in a civil litigation law firm to serving as General Counsel for the RE/MAX brand in California and Hawaii, and General Counsel for a petroleum company. Currently, Professor Donnini practices as a solo practitioner in the area of general corporate law, with sub-specialties in real estate, intellectual property, and franchise law.

Prior to practice, Professor Donnini had the privilege of being selected to intern in the Office of Speech Writing at The White House. He also clerked at the United States District Court in Los Angeles and has founded retail and publishing businesses. These ventures have placed him in articles in Success Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine. Professor Donnini self-published the over 500 page Real Estate Agents’ Reference Manual and currently writes copyright law articles for the Independent Book Publishers’ Association trade journal. He volunteers for several community entities, has worked on several political campaigns, and has previously served as legal counsel for a private school board.

Professor Donnini’s courses include Modern Real Estate Transactions, International Intellectual Property (France Program), Copyright Law, Sports Law and Contracts.

  • Downloading, Distributing and Damages in the Digital Domain: The Need for Copyright Remedy Reform (Santa Clara Computer and High Tech Law Journal, Volume 29, forthcoming 2012)

Work in Progress:

  • Paying College Athletes for their Image and Likeness: How the NCAA’s Amateurism Policy Is Out of Bounds
  • Chair, Los Angeles Steering Committee for a gubernatorial candidate.
  • Appointed to the State Bar’s Committee on Administration of Justice for a three year term.