Donna Patalano clerked for Justice Elspeth Cypher in the Massachusetts Appeals Court and then became a prosecutor in Massachusetts’ Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. She then worked as a zealous advocate, as a defense attorney for clients in the state and federal justice system. Ms. Patalano returned to the Suffolk County DA's Office as Chief of Professional Integrity & Ethics, creating training programs, prosecution policies, and helping to build the Conviction Integrity Program. She has been counsel of record for more than 120 Appeals Court cases and appeared more than 20 times in front of the Supreme Judicial Court. She has been recognized by her colleagues for her work with an award for the “Best Appellate Prosecutor” and the “Unsung Hero Award”.