- Asbestos Exposure
- Consumer Fraud
- Human Rights
- Medical Devices
- Medical Drugs
- Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
- Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
- Securities Class Actions
- Toxic Exposure
Don played a central role in the extensive discovery, mediations and settlements of more than 50 cases of 9/11 aviation liability and damages against numerous defendants. In this role, Don represented families of the victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks who opted-out of the Victim Compensation Fund to seek greater answers, accountability and recourse, and served as liaison counsel for all wrongful death and personal injury cases in the 9/11 aviation security litigation. Additionally, he manages anti-terrorism litigation associated with the 9/11 terrorist attacks as a lead attorney of the 9/11 Families United to Bankrupt Terrorism groundbreaking litigation designed to bankrupt the financiers of al Qaeda.
Don serves as co-lead plaintiffs' counsel and liaison counsel for the Composix® Kugel® Mesh multidistrict litigation, In re Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch Products Liability Litigation, the first MDL in federal Rhode Island Court, on behalf of thousands of individuals alleging injury by the hernia repair patch. In Christopher Thorpe and Laure Thorpe v. Davol, Inc. and C.R. Bard, Inc., the second case to go to trial out of thousands of cases filed in the MDL, the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island found hernia patch manufacturer Davol and parent company C.R. Bard liable for negligent design of the patch and failure to warn of the dangers associated with the patch. The jury awarded $1.5 million to the plaintiffs for personal injury damages and loss of consortium. He serves as liaison counsel for the Composix® Kugel® Mesh lawsuits consolidated in Rhode Island state court.
Don also serves as co-liaison counsel in the N.J. Bard pelvic mesh litigation in Atlantic County and plays a central role in the thousands of cases involving women allegedly harmed by pelvic mesh/sling products. Hundreds of cases have been filed in federal and states courts against multiple defendants. He is a member of the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in the Levaquin® litigation, as well as the Depuy® Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR™ and Pinnacle® Hip Implant MDLs.
Don contributed his experience in connection with the commencement of and strategy for shareholder derivative litigation brought on behalf Chiquita Brands International, Inc., alleging the defendants breached their fiduciary duties by paying bribes to terrorist organizations in violation of U.S. and Columbian law. He also served as trial counsel for PACE Industry Union-Management Pension Fund in a securities case against Forest Laboratories, Inc., and was involved in the initial liability discovery and trial strategy in an ongoing securities fraud class action involving Household International, Inc.
Don began working with Motley Rice attorneys in 1997 on behalf of the State Attorneys General in the historic lawsuit against Big Tobacco, resulting in the largest civil settlement in U.S. history. He tried several noteworthy asbestos cases on behalf of mesothelioma victims, including the state of Indiana's first contractor liability verdict and first premises liability verdict for wrongful exposure to asbestos. He continues to manage asbestos cases and actively litigates mesothelioma lawsuits and individual tobacco cases in the courtroom.
Don is a frequent speaker at legal seminars across the country and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, as well as in print media to address legal issues related to terrorist financing, aviation security, class action litigation, premises liability and defective medical devices. A "Distinguished Practitioner in Residence" at Roger Williams University School of Law for the 2010-2011 academic year, he currently teaches mass torts as an adjunct professor. Don is recognized as an AV® rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®.
2011 Lawyer of the Year
2011 Lawyer of the Year
2012–2014 Rhode Island “Litigation Star”: human rights and product liability
2009–2014 Rhode Island Super Lawyers list
Class action/mass torts; Personal Injury – products: plaintiff; Aviation and aerospace
2012–2013 Top 10 Rhode Island Super Lawyers lists
2011–2014 Mass tort litigation/class actions- plaintiffs
2010–present Top 100 Trial Lawyers™ Rhode Island
2010 Lawdragon™ 3,000
2005 Forty Under 40