Professional Profile – Nichole Podgurski

Nichole D. Podgurski, Attorney and Partner at Donahue & Horrow, LLP

Nichole D. Podgurski is a partner who handles cases in all areas of the firm’s practices, including all insurance areas, in particular Long-Term Disability Insurance and ERISA denial and Medical Malpractice.

She has represented clients in both state and federal courts who have been catastrophically injured, and insurance policyholders who have been wrongfully denied their insurance benefits in a wide variety of cases including automobile, life, health, and disability insurance. Ms. Podgurski has helped the firm to recover millions of dollars for their clients who have been severely injured, lost a loved one as a result of malpractice or abuse, or who have been left feeling helpless after being denied a valid insurance claim.  She is strongly committed to protecting the rights and interests of consumers and individuals who have been injured through the negligent acts of others.

Ms. Podgurski is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a B.S. Degree in Political Science and a minor in Sociology.  While at the University of Southern California she authored a paper under the supervision of Professor Erwin Chemerinsky which explored the constitutionality of campaign finance reform. She earned her Law Degree from Loyola Law School where she was Chief Production Editor of the International and Comparative Law Review. After graduating from Loyola Law School, Ms. Podgurski practiced insurance defense litigation and began representing consumers and those harmed when she joined the firm of Donahue & Horrow, LLP in 2009 and became a partner in the firm in 2018.

Ms. Podgurski has been selected and honored as a Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and again in 2017.


Background Information

Nichole Podgurski is an intelligent and passionate lawyer and has been essential to the handwork and success of the Donahue and Horrow team for 10 years. Ms. Podgurski aims to make a positive difference and has always wanted to support and fight for consumers. She is also an avid member of the community and loves her time with her family.


“What sets this firm apart is the relationships we build with our clients and in this industry and advocating in a professional and respectable way as well as the positive mark that we aim to leave. ”  -Nichole


Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California



  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. – 2006
  • University of Southern California
    • B.S. – 2002


Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Member


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I also want to thank you for all your hard work. I know Michael could not have done what he did without you. You have been so valuable through this whole process. It is people like you that make people like me believe. Your work is impressive but, what I feel you represent as a human being is most impressive. I felt you holding my hand, and I am grateful to you for that. You are amazing. You were at the pulse of the case at all times. Not once did I feel that I needed to talk to Michael for clarification (a first for me, especially, in the legal world). You have been so helpful, and kind, and so supportive, and…

Thank you Nichole, for all you have done on my behalf. There are not enough words (at least in my vocabulary) to express my gratitude.”

— RS


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