When you’ve suffered an accident or injury, you need professional legal advice. Sevey, Donahue & Talcott’s experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help. With an unfaltering dedication to each and every case we take on, we do everything possible to make sure you and your loved ones receive the best possible outcome.

Firm History

Jeffrey C. Sevey - Founding Partner

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Mr. Jeffrey Sevey, the founding partner of Sevey, Donahue & Talcott LLP, concentrates his practice in personal injury litigation. He was born in San Francisco, California in 1963 and was raised in the Sacramento area. Jeff is married to his beautiful wife Sarah and they have four daughters. They live in Newcastle, located in the nearby foothills above Sacramento, California.

With Jeff’s broad experience, exceptional leadership skills, and business-minded approach, he has effectively guided his clients to successful resolutions of their personal injury matters for more than 25 years. Since starting the firm in 2005, Jeff has successfully handled over 1,500 cases. Jeff also acts as a pro tem judge and mediator.   

Jeff has been rated by his peers and judges with a Martindale Hubbell rating of BV. The BV is an excellent rating for a lawyer with more experience. “B” stands for the legal ability rating “high to very high. “V” stands for the general ethical standard rating which is “very high”. Jeff is licensed to practice law in the state of California and the Federal District Court.

Matthew P. Donahue - Senior Partner

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Licenses State of California
Superior Courts of the State of California 1991
Supreme Court of the State of California 1991
United States District Court, Eastern District of California 1992
United States Court of Appeals, 1999
United States District Court, Central District of California 2010 Professional Organizations Sacramento County Bar Association
Placer County Bar Association
The State Bar of California
The Capital City Trial Association
Consumer Attorneys of California
American Board of Trial Attorneys

Jack C. Sevey, Esq.

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With more than 40 years representing injured railroad workers, Mr. Jack Sevey is one of the most effective FELA attorneys in the country. He has tried more than 100 cases and has handled more than 2,000 cases for plaintiffs. He also has had some of the largest verdicts in history during his long and distinguished career.

Jack was born in Sacramento, California. After his father, a United States Marine, was killed in World War II, Jack and his mother lived with his grandparents where his grandfather was a locomotive engineer for the Southern Pacific Transportation Company. In order to attend college, Jack received a scholarship from the Second Marine Division – the very first scholarship awarded to a child of a deceased Marine killed in World War II. He also received one of the first scholarships awarded by The Eagles Foundation.

When Jack took the California State Bar, he finished the bar on a Thursday and went to work the following Monday for the law firm of O’Connor and Lewis. This firm represented the Switchmen’s Union of North America. This was the start of Jack’s career representing injured railroad employees. “I have only represented injured plaintiffs and find it very rewarding when you receive a great result for your client,” said Jack.

In 1995, Jack was chosen to be a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an honor awarded to only one percent of attorneys in each state. To be chosen, a lawyer must be voted in at the local, state and finally the national level.

In recognition of his excellence in the law, Jack was asked to become a settlement conference pro tem judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court in 1992, and continues to serve in this capacity today.

James E. Donahue, Esq.

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Mr. James Donahue is a well-known and respected attorney in Northern California, and, specifically, the Sacramento area. James has specialized in trial work since 1962. He has successfully tried over 200 jury trials, and handled hundreds of arbitrations and mediations. 

Upon graduation from college, James served with the U.S. Army Counter-Intelligence Corp in Japan. After a period of time working with the California State Automobile Association in the claims and legal departments, James joined the Douglas McDonald Law Firm in Sacramento in 1964. He later formed the litigation firm of McDonald & Donahue.

In 1975, James was the founding partner of the firm Donahue & Callaham, which has today become Donahue, Bates, Blakemore & Mackey. 

He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving medical, dental and legal malpractice, insurance coverage and bad faith claims, civil rights, products liability, employment litigation, automobile accidents, construction defect, and elder abuse law matters.

Since 2000, James has acted as Arbitrator, Mediator, and Judge Pro Tem in Sacramento, Placer, Solano and El Dorado County Courts.