Don lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and has held the position of Senior Counsel at Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc. of Newport Beach, California since 2011. Prior to that, he was a Senior Partner at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin firm of Habush, Habush & Rottier, S.C. where he practiced for thirty years. Both firms are Leaders Forum members. He is licensed to practice law in the states of Colorado, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin, as well in Federal Courts in those and other states, and in the Fifth and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeal. He’s been admitted pro hac vice in more than twenty-five other states. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. with honors in Nuclear Engineering and a J.D. He was a licensed Professional Engineer (Ret.) in Wisconsin for thirty years, and has held a private pilot’s license with an instrument rating for most of his career.Don has been a member of AAJ (and ATLA) since 1981, and has attended most o f the Annual and Winter Conventions since then, except when in trial. He’s served on many committees over the years, including NCA, Budget (2011-present), Executive (2012-2013, 2014-2015), Exchange which he’s co-chaired numerous times (1986- present), and presently also is on the SLGCC, SLC, LGLC, Web & IT, NFC and Press Advisory committees. He’s a past chair of the Products Liability Section and continues to sit on its Executive Committee. Don’s a frequent speaker on NCA programs, including webinars, at specialty seminars such as JazzFest and Skiing with the Stars, and at conventions. He is a PAC and M-Club member at the Eagle level, and a contributor to the Robert L. Habush Endowment. He’s authored articles for Trial Magazine and chapters in various books, including Litigating Tort Cases. He was given a Stephen Sharp Award in 2002 and the Weideman-Wysocki Award in 2009 and again in 2010. He’s served as a representative for the SLC a nd the LGLC on the Board of Governors.
Don is a long-time member of the AAJ litigation group Attorneys Information Exchange Group, serving on its Executive Committee since 1987, and as president from 2001 to 2003. He’s also a member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, the Texas Trial Lawyer Association, the Washington State Association for Justice, the Wisconsin Association for Justice, the Consumer Attorneys of California, and the American Bar Association. He’s a past president of the Western Trial Lawyers Association and still serves on its board and as its education chair. He has served on the Public Justice Foundation board of directors since 2005. He’s also a regular member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and of the Association for the Advancement for Automotive Medicine, for which he served on its peer review committee for six years.He’s also been listed in Best Lawyers in America continuously since 2001, and recognized by SuperLawyers in Wisconsin in 2006 and Colorado in 2012. He has a Preeminent rating (5.0) from Martindale-Hubbell and an AVVO rating of 10.0. He was first listed in Who’s Who in American Law in 1990.
Don concentrates his practice in the areas of products liability and aviation, handling cases around the United States, and occasionally in foreign countries. He presently serves on the plaintiffs’ steering committees for the Toyota Sudden Acceleration litigation in the Federal MDL and California JCCP. For his work in this area, he’s received awards from the Attorneys Information Exchange Group and the Western Trial Lawyers Association. Don’s presently active in the GM Ignition Switch litigation, the Takata Airbag litigation, and the Aluminum Capacitor Anti-trust case. He’s been an invited attendee to the Duke Conferences and has testified before the Federal Rules Committee.