Jerry A. Donley is Colorado native. He was born in Denver in 1930 and spent his early years on a ranch in Larkspur, Colorado. He graduated from Beloit College in 1951 and obtained his Bachelors of Law from the University of Michigan in 1954. He was admitted to the Colorado Bar that same year and became Colorado Springs first paid Legal Aid attorney. He then served as the sole deputy district attorney from 1957-1960. Thereafter he associated with HayDen Kane and Leo Rector and the three established the firm of Rector, Kane and Donley. Over the next 46 years Jerry and HayDen, along with their sons worked together in an association that was known as one of the preeminent Insurance Defense firms in Colorado Springs. During that time Jerry became known as one of Colorado Springs most distinguished trial lawyers and developed a broad expertise in not only insurance defense but also in probate, estate planning, and entity formation.
Jerry is now Of Counsel with Donley Law P.C. providing probate and estate planning services.
Jerry Donley is a member of the El Paso County, Colorado and American Bar Associations; the Colorado Springs Estate Planning Council; the Section of Real Property Probate and Trust Law. He has been admitted to practice in Colorado since 1954, and has been admitted to practice in the Federal District and Circuit Courts and the United States Supreme Court. He has been a member of the National Association of Estate Planners; and, was a designated panelist for the American Arbitration Association and National Association of Securities Dealers; a member of the Defense Lawyers Association of Colorado; a past member of the American Trial Lawyers Association; a representative of the El Paso County Bar to the Board of Governors – Colorado State Bar Association; and, a member of the Colorado State Bar Nominating Committee for 1998-1999.
In addition to his law practice, Mr. Donley has been and remains very active in the Colorado Springs community. His involvement has included providing legal advise and leadership to The First Presbyterian Church, Colorado Springs, CO, as a past member of the Presbytery of Pueblo and of the General Council of Presbytery of Pueblo; a past president of the Mariner’s Club; past president and board of directors Boys Club of Colorado Springs; past president and board of directors of the Colorado Springs Charter Association; board of directors of the Colorado Springs Kiwanis Club and Jaycees; and, past president and board of directors Pikes Peak Roadrunners.
Mr. Donley has also served as the Director of the Masters Track and Field Committee; he is the past National Chairman of the Masters Track and Field Committee of the USA Track and Field; and, he was a member of the Board of Directors and a past member of the Executive Committee of the USA Track and Field, and served as an arbitrator for its drug enforcement program. Mr. Donley was elected to the Masters Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1999 and is a certified master official in pole vault. In addition, he has competed in Track and Field since 1974 and is currently pole vaulting in competitions around the world.