Overview

Don is a trial lawyer who excels at representing large clients in complex and multi-plaintiff race employment discrimination cases. He has handled many high-profile and high-damage cases in the sports, military contractor and retail industries. Don has served as lead trial counsel in all types of employment disputes in federal and state courts in New Hampshire, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, including post-decertification wage and hour jury trials for major national employers. Don also serves as the firm's chair of the Whistleblower practice group, an area where he has tried several cases. In addition to his litigation activities, Don's daily practice revolves significantly around providing advice and counsel to C-Suite executives on whistleblower and other matters in the following business sectors: Retail, Restaurant, Technology and Manufacturing.

In January 2008, the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights, in conjunction with the White House, appointed Don to serve as chairman of the Advisory Committee to the Commission, for a two-year term. In January 2002, President George W. Bush announced his intention to nominate Don to be general counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). While honored, Don ultimately withdrew his name from consideration to remain in Kansas City.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Acritas Star Lawyers (2018)
  • Best Lawyers in America® (2010-2019)
  • Chambers USA Guide® (2010-2018)
  • Client Choice Award (2016)
  • Client Service All Star – BTI (2012-2015)
  • Kansas City's Best Lawyer, 435 Magazine (2016-2017)
  • Legal 500
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® 
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® (2007-2018)
  • Missouri Top Lawyers (2016)
  • Most Influential Black Lawyers in the Country, SAVOY Magazine (2015)
  • People on the Move, Kansas City Business Journal (2017)
  • The Best Lawyers in Kansas City - Ingram's (2016)
  • Top Attorney of the Year, International Association of Top Professionals (2016-2017)
  • Who's Who Legal Award (2016)

Professional & Civic Associations

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • National Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • The Executive Leadership Council
  • The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
  • Harvesters Community Food Networks, Board of Directors (2012-2017)

News & Analysis

Blogs & Videos

Videos

Education

Boston University School of Law

  • J.D., 1992 

Fordham University

  • B.A., 1989 

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Missouri, 1992
  • Pennsylvania, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Languages

  • French
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