Snell & Wilmer Names Mike Donahey Managing Partner of Its Phoenix Office


PHOENIX – Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that partner Mike Donahey has been named managing partner of the firm's Phoenix office effective January 1, 2024.

Snell & Wilmer's Phoenix, Arizona office traces its origins to 1938, when Mark Wilmer and Frank Snell established the firm. Phoenix is Snell & Wilmer's largest office, with more than 200 attorneys serving a diverse client base that includes the nation's largest financial institutions, numerous corporations headquartered in Arizona and across the United States, start-up technology companies, privately-held companies, universities, manufacturers, software companies, major utilities, healthcare providers, and many of Arizona's largest employers.

“Mike is widely respected for his strong legal skills and business judgment. The Phoenix office will continue to thrive under his leadership,” said Firm Chair Barbara J. Dawson. “Mike’s successful career path reflects the values of our Credo which focuses on commitment to our clients, community, and our people.” 

A longtime leader, Donahey serves on the firm’s five-person Executive Committee and its three-person Compensation Committee. He previously led the firm’s corporate and securities practice group and continues to serve among the group’s leadership today. A leader in the community, Donahey currently serves on the Board of Directors of Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL) and is on the Board of Directors of St. Mary’s Food Bank. 

Donahey is a senior corporate and securities partner with over 30 years of legal and business experience. His practice is concentrated in mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, SEC reporting and compliance, condemnation, corporate governance, and venture capital. He is experienced with representing industries including water and wastewater utilities, homebuilding and construction, transportation, defense, high technology products and services, medical and dental products, consumer products, life insurance, education services, software, and food products. Donahey is widely and regularly recognized as a leading attorney by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business®, Arizona Finest Lawyers, and The Best Lawyers in America®, for which he has earned the distinction of Phoenix Lawyer of the Year in several categories.

About Snell & Wilmer
Founded in 1938, Snell & Wilmer is a full-service business law firm with more than 500 attorneys practicing in 16 locations throughout the United States and in Mexico, including Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego, California; Denver, Colorado; Washington, D.C.; Boise, Idaho; Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Portland, Oregon; Dallas, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Seattle, Washington; and Los Cabos, Mexico. The firm represents clients ranging from large, publicly traded corporations to small businesses, individuals, and entrepreneurs. For more information, visit