John Donisi, Attorney at Law
John Donisi is an attorney with expertise in Land Use/Zoning, Real Estate and State, Local & Municipal law. He has been practicing law since 1999.
He was named to Rising Stars for 2004-2006 and is a member of the Austin Bar Association, Texas Bar Association and American Bar Association.
Early Life and Education
Early childhood education (ECE) is an integral component of a child’s development. Research has indicated that children learn most effectively between the ages of birth and five when their brains are still growing rapidly.
Unfortunately, quality pre-primary education programs are not always accessible in most countries. And if they are, poor families tend to be the least likely to access them.
Due to how influential early years can be on social determinants of health, it’s essential for all young children to access these programs.
John Donisi is a master of many trades, but his specialty lies in municipal investigation and entitlement. One of his more illustrious tenures was as special assistant to Texas governor Ann Richards; however, that association didn’t last long. More recently he has taken on the role of Executive Vice President at Winstead Austin where for two years he’s assembled an excellent team to assist with land use/zoning matters, construction projects and leasing across Texas. Additionally he formed a central hub where many clients could expand throughout the state; John still finds time for triathlon training during off duty hours!
Achievements and Honors
John Donisi is an accomplished lawyer in Austin, Texas with expertise in Land Use/Zoning, Real Estate and State/Local & Municipal Law. A member of the State Bar of Texas, he was named to its Rising Stars list from 2004-2006 and served as President of Heritage Society of Austin. Additionally, John served on Historic Landmark Commission and taskforce that created new standards for owner-opposed historic designations and tax abatements; additionally serving as special assistant to Governor Ann Richards. John and his wife Gina Hinojosa have two children together; their careers have taken them in different directions but always with one goal in mind – to improve lives everywhere they go.
John Donisi is married to Gina Hinojosa, a longtime Austin legislator who served as House speaker in 2014. They have two sons and live in an historic Tudor Revival home near downtown Austin’s edge. When not at the beach or exploring other parts of Texas, John and Gina take time out of work to enjoy each other’s company and support local causes through memberships at Rotary Club, YMCA and American Cancer Society – despite their busy schedules!