Awards and Organizations
- 1991 Rhode Island State Bar
- 1991 U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island
- Suffolk University Law School, J.D. 1991
- Brown University, B.A. 1984
- 2012 Elected to the Rhode Island State Senate
- National Organization of Social Security Claimants Sustaining Member
- Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association
- Association of Trial Lawyers of America
- Rhode Island Bar Association
- American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island Board of Directors
Donna M. Nesselbush finds her sense of purpose in helping people. She is so devoted to the well-being of others that in addition to her law practice, she serves in the Rhode Island State Senate. She also serves as a Municipal Court Judge for the City of Pawtucket.
After graduating from Brown University in 1984, Nesselbush started her career as executive director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Her role in advocating for victims of domestic violence led her to pursue a law degree.
She earned her J.D. degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston in 1991, while maintaining her fulltime job advocating for domestic abuse victims in court or at the legislature.
The battered women’s and homeless shelters asked Nesselbush to help their disabled residents who were there partly because they had been denied Social Security disability benefits, and that led her to join a Providence law firm, where she could practice Social Security Disability law.
In 1999, she teamed up with Joseph P. Marasco to launch Marasco & Nesselbush, and they dedicate their practice to helping the injured and disabled.
Nesselbush was first elected to the Rhode Island State Senate on November 2, 2010, where she continues to work hard for her constituents on a high level.
She speaks three languages, in addition to English – Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
Nesselbush went to law school for the sole purpose of helping people and is intensely committed to helping her clients and their loved ones navigate the complex Social Security administration so they can receive the benefits to which they are entitled.