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Touro Law Center's Office of Development, Alumni Relations and Communications is proud to announce that Donna Wanser has been selected as the alum of the month for July. Ms. Wanser is a leader in her profession, was an active member of the Touro Law community while attending law school, and remains engaged with the law school through reunion programs. Her accomplished career is highlighted in the bio below. On behalf of the entire law school community, we extend our congratulations to Donna Wanser.
Donna I. Wanser, 1998
Panda Restaurant Group, Inc.
Vice President, Legal
Donna is the Vice President of Legal at Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. She has been with the company for nearly ten years, starting with one clerk and now overseeing a department of 24 - including six lawyers. Her legal practice has evolved from specializing solely in real estate to a more broad scope of corporate work including labor/employment law, corporate contracts, managing litigation, etc. In addition to assisting with legal counsel on transactional and employment and labor issues, she has been instrumental in bringing Panda's real estate legal services to a heightened level of proficiency as well as expanding the License/Franchise practice.
For a short time before joining Panda Restaurant Group, Donna worked with the firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bocklus LLP. She also worked for LandAmerica/Reliance Insurance for 12 years where she started as Regional Real Estate Manager and later converted over to the legal side where she drafted their company''s form leases and affiliated legal documents. She also implemented their standards for legal review, assisted in centralizing their Lease Department, and managed the disposition of their retired locations.
"Working as an in-house counsel is more rewarding," said Donna. "I am involved in both the business matter and the legal matters from a holistic approach. As in-house counsel, you find yourself intimately involved with the heart of your organization. You can see the benefits of your contribution." Donna also enjoys coaching young associates and empowering them to create their own success stories.
Donna received her B.A. from the University of Maryland and her M.B.A. from Dowling College. During her years at Touro Law, Donna was a member of the International Law Review. Donna is a believer in continuous learning. She is currently in the dissertation stage of a doctorate program - her dissertation topic is on the emotional intelligence of lawyer leaders and the possible implication in the preparedness in leading the new millennial lawyers. She is focusing on bringing more awareness of emotional intelligence to the legal field and how increasing a lawyer''s emotional intelligence will make a better lawyer leader and prepare them to lead the next generation of lawyers.