Gemma Donofrio is an Attorney at Relman Colfax. Gemma joined the firm in 2021 and practices in the civil rights litigation group. Her civil rights litigation practice includes cases concerning racial and disability discrimination in housing and racial discrimination in policing. She is part of the team challenging Fannie Mae’s discriminatory maintenance of its “real estate owned” properties across the country. She is also working on a challenge to law enforcement’s excessive use of force and suppression of free speech in response to peaceful Black Lives Matter protests.
Prior to joining the firm, Gemma was an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP, where her practice focused on civil litigation, internal investigations, and pro bono work, including a challenge to the Trump Administration’s decision to shorten the timeline for the 2020 census.
Gemma graduated from Stanford Law School, where she served as the development editor of the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties as well as the academic chair of Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, and was awarded the Thelton E. Henderson Prize for Outstanding Performance in the Stanford Community Law Clinic. Following law school, Gemma clerked for the Hon. David O. Carter of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Before becoming an attorney, Gemma worked in anti-poverty policy advocacy, and then managed a domestic violence drop-in center. She is currently a member of the Junior Board of the Network for Victim Recovery of D.C.