Donna Ballman

Employee-side employment lawyer, author award-winning books including Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired. Tweets as @EmployeeAtty.

Donna Ballman has been practicing employee-side employment law, including negotiating severance agreements and litigating discrimination, sexual harassment, noncompete agreements, and employment law issues in Florida since 1986. Donna’s book, "Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired: Resolve Workplace Crises Before You Quit, Get Axed or Sue the Bastards," was named the Winner of the Law Category of the 2012 USA Best Books Awards and is currently available for purchase. She is also the award-winning author of "The Writer’s Guide to the Courtroom: Let’s Quill All the Lawyers," a book geared toward informing novelists and screenwriters about the ins and outs of the civil justice system. Her blog on employee-side employment law issues, "Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home," was named one of the American Bar Association's "ABA Blawg 100" best legal blogs in 2011-15 and the 2011 Lexis/Nexis Top 25 Labor and Employment Law Blogs. Paralegal411 rated her blog #4 in the Top 25 Employment Law Blogs for 2013. She has also written for AOL Jobs, Forbes,, AARP, Next Avenue and many others on employment law issues. She has taught continuing legal education classes for lawyers and accountants through organizations such as the American Bar Association, National Employment Lawyers Association, Sterling Education Services, Lorman Education Services, Alison Seminars, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, National Business Institute and community organizations. Ms. Ballman has published articles on employment law topics such as severance, non-compete agreements, discrimination, sexual harassment, and avoiding litigation. She’s been interviewed by MSNBC, NPR, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Lifetime Television Network, the Daily Business Review, and many other media outlets on employment law issues.