Donald focuses his practice on the defense of claims made and suits brought against public entities, municipal authorities and local governments, including the defense of elected officials, police officers, corrections officers, prison wardens and District Attorneys' offices. As well, he handles a wide array of casualty cases, including motor vehicle and transportation litigation, premises liability, environmental, product liability and liquor liability.
Don is very active in his community. Specifically, he served as a committeeman for the Dauphin County Republican Committee in Harrisburg, 5th Ward, and remains active in local politics. He is the past president of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Harrisburg Chapter. Additionally, he supports the Harrisburg community as a member of the High Council of Erin, which is comprised of former Friendly Sons' presidents. Don serves as a member of vestry (board of directors) for All Saints Episcopal Church in Hanover, Pennsylvania.
In 1996 Don graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in political science and a minor in business. He then attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and achieved his juris doctor in 1999. After graduation, Don served as law clerk to the Honorable Michael L. Krancer at the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board.
•Political Subdivision Claims Act, School Claims Services LLC, December 12, 2014
•Social Media in Litigation: Reloaded, a Closer Look at Using Social Media in Your Cases, Dauphin County Bar Association, Harrisburg, PA, June 24, 2014
•How To Try a Case in State Court, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Mechanicsburg, PA, June 16, 2014
•“Discovering, Authenticating & Utilizing Social Media in Litigation: Strategy Considerations,” co-author, Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 1, March 2014
•Thumbs Up for Qualified Immunity, co-author, Defense Digest, 2011-03, Vol. 17, No. 1
•The Bar Is Set: A Liquor Licensee's Duty to Third Persons in a Civil Suit, Defense Digest, 2008-09, Vol. 14, No. 3
Honors & Awards
•BV Distinguished Rating by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
•Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2011-2014
Year Joined Organization: 2004
Discovering, Authenticating & Utilizing Social Media in Litigation: Strategy Considerations
Defense Digest Article • March 1, 2014
By Donald L. Carmelite, Esq. and Allison M. Domday, Esq.*Key Points:Old-fashioned, time consuming detective work is necessary to collect social media evidence.Utilizing social media evidence strategically, whether gathered informally...
Thumbs Up for Qualified Immunity
Defense Digest Article • March 1, 2011
Federal - Civil Rights, Key Points:Encouraging police to seek legal advice serves such a salutary purpose as to constitute a thumb on the scale in favor of qualified immunity.There is no clearly established right to..., Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 1, March 2011