Don concentrates on workers’ compensation and related employment litigation. He represents and counsels employers regarding workers’ compensation injuries, occupational diseases and intentional torts.
Don has extensive experience litigating for employers before the Industrial Commission in different Ohio regions and has appeared before the full Industrial Commission on numerous occasions. He is a jury trial veteran, appearing in common pleas courts in counties throughout Northern and Central Ohio. The issues in his trials have included whether or not a compensable injury occurred, different orthopaedic conditions and occupational disease exposures. As an appellate advocate, Don frequently has argued in the Ohio Supreme Court and various Ohio courts of appeals. Subjects of his appeal arguments have ranged from procedural issues differentiating injuries from occupational diseases to specific rules of workers’ compensation law, such as when motor vehicle accidents are compensable.
An Adjunct Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law since 1991, Don teaches the course in Workers’ Compensation Law and Theory. Don has written extensively on Ohio workers’ compensation subjects, most recently on psychiatric/psychological allowances, substantial aggravation and utilizing private investigators. He has presented at national meetings of the American Bar Association, the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network and SEAK on topics such as medico-legal conceptualizations and psychiatrists versus psychologists. Don often has lectured at seminars sponsored by public and private organizations, including the Ohio State Bar Association. He is the Academic Advisor for the Ohio State Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Specialty Board. Don also has served as an expert witness in legal malpractice cases dealing with workers’ compensation.
Don has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for more than 20 years, designated an Ohio Super Lawyer and has an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Don was named the Workers’ Compensation “Lawyer of the Year” in Cleveland for 2014 by Best Lawyers. He was inducted as a Fellow of The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in 2011. Don’s clients include automobile dealers, bottlers, construction companies, equipment distributors, food producers, hospitality industries and various kinds of manufacturers. He is a member of the American, Ohio and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations as well as the Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations.