Donelle White

Attorney Tampa, FL

Donelle White is a workers' compensation attorney at the Farah and Farah Tampa office. Having worked both sides of the workers’ compensation courtroom, Donelle has defended large corporations, as well as injured workers throughout her career. She has run her own law firm, managed entire practices, spent time in personal injury, and has a huge list of case wins to her credit. With this much experience in your corner, you know that you’ll finally get a fair shot at the compensation you deserve after being injured on the job. Bottom line, if you were hurt at work, Donelle White is who you want to discuss your options with.

Even With Unlimited Resources, It Still Feels Like a Family-Owned Firm 

Coming to Farah and Farah was a step in a different direction for me. Farah and Farah is a large firm with an incredible amount of resources. With offices across Florida and Georgia, it’s one of the most visible firms around. However, to me, our office here in Tampa and the firm itself still feel like the smaller boutique firms I’m used to. There’s a personal approach to each client we get to serve and our team gets to collaborate on each case. Maybe it’s an injured worker who has both a workers compensation claim, as well as a personal injury claim when they were hurt in an auto accident or a slip and fall. Talking about these cases with other top-tier attorneys means we get to strategize and get the best possible outcome. 

 

I’ve also been down here in the Tampa/Brandon area for a while so I get a lot of referrals and also give a lot within our group. So even if I’m not directly involved, I can still monitor a file as it goes through the process and help out in any way I can. This kind of team-oriented environment is indeed rare in a firm our size and something that makes Farah and Farah truly special.

 

In this Line of Work, You Have to Be Engaged 24/7

In workers’ compensation, I am handling my client’s case from beginning to end, which means I am engaged through every step of the process. From sending texts to my clients to keeping the client database up to date with case notes and actions, every step needs to be strategic. After doing this for so long, I know that the most effective thing to do pre-suit, before we file against the insurance company, is to simply listen and ask the right questions. 

 

Some of the giant firms you see on TV differ here because they try to follow a script – but if you follow that route, you lose those little details that can mean additional recoveries for your client. It takes skill to connect the dots and confidence to make good decisions in the best interest of your client. Letting them know they matter and that you’re giving it your all won’t be conveyed if you’re just going through the motions. 

 

I Understand That Your Life Was Changed Forever

When you start a workers’ compensation suit, right at the beginning, there are depositions of doctors and medical staff. This is different from personal injury when depositions don’t typically happen until the litigation phase. Workers’ comp does it this way because the doctor is the one who is determining your work status after an injury. After practicing this area of law for so long, I have come to love the medical aspect because it helps me understand why the insurance company is trying to do what they’re doing. 

 

Relying on the resources we have here, I like to pull the medical evidence apart and identify what we need to do treatment-wise and what that means for the case. Bodies are amazingly resilient machines, but once you have an injury, it will likely be there forever. Everything is connected and it can cause ramifications in so many different ways even years down the road. 

 

Empathy is huge in this line of work. I completely understand that you may not have the control you did over your daily life and that your life is likely changed forever. I help my clients work through this and get to the other side. As a workers’ compensation attorney, I can’t fix everything but I can get as close as possible. If you’ve lost your ability to do what you love, to earn a living and support your family, there’s a very real cost there. I get to know what you need the compensation for after a workplace accident and work through every decision needed to get you back to where you want to be.

 

Going to Whatever Lengths I Need to For My Clients

When you file a workers’ compensation claim, things start moving quickly and you have to be ready. There’s a strategy there that takes a seasoned attorney who knows the ropes. Down here in Tampa and the surrounding areas, I know all of the administrative judges who handle these types of cases, as well as most of the defense attorneys. I’ve worked with these individuals for years and have good relationships across the board. My reputation is everything to me and I’ve learned over the years that you can get more done for your clients when you take a collaborative approach with all the parties involved. 

 

A case I’ll never forget set case law precedent as it pertains to the Good Samaritan Law. This law helps cover people that are trying to help in an emergency if the victim didn’t pull through or was injured during the rescue. My client was working one day when he saw an accident and jumped into action to help the victims. When he was pulled over, he was hit by another vehicle and would be left with horrific injuries and remained a quadriplegic for the rest of his life. The workers’ compensation insurance this worker had tried to balk at paying benefits since my client had deviated from his work duties to be a good samaritan. I got to know the man’s family and saw how they pulled together during such a difficult time. In the end, I helped him and his family get the full benefits he was due.

 

Having Downtime is Important Too

With the stakes this high, I’ve got to be on top of my game at all times. But to continue to be effective, I recognize I need downtime to relax and recharge. If I’m not busy at Farah and Farah in Tampa and it happens to be football season, you can bet I’ll be cheering on my favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. I’m also a huge hockey fan and catch the Tampa Bay Lightning every chance I get. We’re so blessed to have so many fun places around us and I love restaurant hopping or just spending time with my God-daughter or riding horses, and recently just got into Pilates. 

 

“Donelle White is one skilled litigator. With decades of experience and hundreds of positive case results to her credit, she’s exactly who an injured worker needs to help steer them to a successful outcome. Her tenacity is only matched by her prowess through the legal process. Our team in Tampa is incredibly lucky to have her fighting on our side.” – Chuck Farah, Senior Partner at Farah & Farah

Let’s Talk About Your Case:

Email Me: dwhite@farahandfarah.com                    

Call Me: 813-666-1179

See Me In Person: Visit our Tampa Office

Proud member of

  • The Florida Bar 
  • The Pennsylvania Bar (Inactive)
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Florida Workers Advocates 
  • Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association

Education

  • Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law, Juris Doctorate
  • Albright College, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology