Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP is pleased to announce that partner, Don McKenna, has been named as a finalist in The Birmingham Business Journal’s 2019 Best of the Bar Awards.
Don has been practicing law since 1995 and joined Hare Wynn in 1997. Throughout his career, Don has represented plaintiffs from across the nation, including before the United States Supreme Court, and he has won several verdicts that set new legal precedents. He has published numerous articles in legal journals and law reviews, and is a frequent speaker at legal seminars and professional conferences.
To date, Don’s work has resulted in jury verdicts and settlements totaling more than $1.8 billion. In 2012, he obtained an $8 million verdict for the family of a retired physician who was mistreated by a nursing home in Kentucky. In 2010, one of his cases, Schafer v. Bayer Cropscience, was listed among the “Top 100 Verdicts in America” by Verdict Search.
While he practices in several areas, Don has a special enthusiasm for cases that involve government fraud. He is a member of the Tax Payers Against Fraud Education Fund, a national organization of lawyers who represent whistleblowers. He was honored by that organization in 2009 as the “Whistleblower Lawyer of the Year.” Most recently, he led a team that recovered more than $6.6 million for the United States government, exposing an elaborate kick-back scheme involving a toxicology lab in Alabama.
Finalists were chosen from a field of nominations based on their contributions to their fields, their tangible accomplishments in their practice areas and their contributions to their firms.
All finalists will be featured in the April 19 edition of the Birmingham Business Journal and recognized at a special Awards event on April 18 at The Theodore. Winners in each category will be announced at the event.