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.
Don likes to give credit to his mother for encouraging him to pursue a career in law – she used to say jokingly to him, “You should become a lawyer because you’re arguing with me all the time!”
While he practices in several areas, including personal injuries, wrongful death, products liability and environmental cases, Don has a special enthusiasm for cases that involve government fraud.
Don is married to his wife, Stephanie, and he enjoys spending time on the water with her and their three children. He enjoys fishing, competitive running and coaching youth sports. Don is also a recreational scuba diver and is working to get his kids scuba-certified.
Getting outside of the courtroom and giving back to those in need is important to Don, as evidenced by his extensive community involvement. He is an active member of Shades Mountain Baptist Church and regularly participates in mission trips around the United States and abroad. He is perhaps most proud of his work on the board of Restoration Academy, a Birmingham-based Christian school that provides low-income inner-city children with the tools and opportunities to be successful in high school and college.
“Practicing law allows me to live out my call to serve,” Don says.
Don is a graduate of Auburn University. He earned his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, where he was a member of the Law Review.
- Auburn University, 1992
- Cumberland School of Law, 1995
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.”
He is currently active in the metal-on-metal hip litigation. He has spoken nationally on this topic on the televised program, “The People’s Law School.” Don was appointed to the Plaintiffs Steering Committee on the Stryker Rejuvenate – ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability National Multi-District Litigation.
- Alabama, 1995
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
- United States Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
- Alabama Supreme Court
In 2009, Don was honored by the Tax Payers Against Fraud Education Fund as the “Whistleblower Lawyer of the Year.” He has also been recently appointed to the Plaintiffs Steering Committee on the Stryker Rejuvenate – ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability National Multi-District Litigation.
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