Attorney Donna Savage

Partner Donna Parker Savage is known as a strong advocate for her clients, born from her competitive nature as a collegiate athlete. Her areas of expertise include Guardianship Matters, Estate Planning and Probate, and Estate and Fiduciary Litigation. Donna has authored continuing legal education articles on estate beneficiary issues, real estate and consumer lending matters, and Title IX issues. Donna and her husband, David, enjoy playing tennis and traveling. They have three active college-age children.

Career Highlights

  • Norelli Law, PLLC - Partner
  • Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, Inc. - Managing Attorney
  • Essex, Richards, Morris & Jordan, P.A. - Associate
  • North Carolina Court of Appeals - Research Assistant for Judge Jack Cozort

Professional Recognition

  • Recipient of "Outstanding Firm Service Award" at 2014 Pro Bono Awards ceremony
  • Lecturer, Mecklenburg County Bar - Title IX Seminar
  • Lecturer, Ethical Considerations in Estate Matters
  • Lecturer, Mecklenburg County Bar and Gaston County Bar - Predatory Lending Law and Landlord Tenant Law
  • Lecturer, National Business Institute - Basic and Advanced Real Estate Seminar
  • Member, Executive Committee Mecklenburg County Bar
  • Chairperson, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee Mecklenburg County Bar


  • Purdue University, B.S. International Agronomy, Mortar Board Award for Outstanding Woman Scholar Athlete
  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., Member of Moot Court Board, J. Braxton Craven Competition Best Brief Award


  • Federal and Superior Court Mediator

Community Involvement

  • Supportive Housing Communities - Board Member
  • Parent's Council - UNC Charlotte
  • Myers Park United Methodist Church - Sunday School Teacher
  • Access to Justice Committee - Gaston County
  • Gaston County Minimum Housing Code Drafting Committee
  • Charlotte Tree Advisory Commission - Chairperson
  • Charlotte Public Tree Fund - Incorporator and Founding Member

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • Middle and Western District Federal Court North Carolina