Overview

Don is a partner in the firm's Corporate Transactions & Securities practice group, focusing on matters of public and closely held businesses, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and securities, finance, leveraged buyouts, and nonprofit corporations.

Don has been a member of the firm's Executive Committee and before that served as partner-in-charge of the firm's Cleveland office.

He regularly speaks at seminars and meetings sponsored by various professional and business organizations.

Experience
  • Actively counsels senior management and owners of several of the firm's major clients. Manages large, complex acquisition, disposition and financing transactions involving multiple operations in the United States and worldwide. Also has represented issuers and underwriters in the public offering of securities.
  • Representative transactions have ranged in size from under $10 million to more than $1.3 billion.
  • Regularly handles transactions for major publicly owned and privately held businesses, as well as newly emerging businesses, headquartered in North America and Europe.
  • Serves and has served as a director and/or officer of several public and private corporations. In these capacities, he serves as a trusted business and legal adviser to many of the firm's clients, as well as to a number of community organizations.
  • Served as the court-appointed trustee for the liquidation of a failed broker-dealer.
Distinctions
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Who's Who in America
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2009-2017
  • Named the Best Lawyers® Securities/Capital Markets Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Ohio, 2015 & 2017
  • Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers, 2004–2006 & 2012–2018
  • Recipient of Marquis Who's Who Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018
  • Recognized as an Industry Leader by Marquis Who's Who
  • Recognized by BTI Consulting as a Client Service All-Star
  • Recipient of the 2011 ORT America Jurisprudence Award
  • Listed in Legal 500 in Merger and Acquisition
Professional and Civic

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, trustee, 1975 to 1979; chair, Securities Law Institute, 1983

Community Activities

  • Circle Health Services (fka The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland), trustee for life and past president
  • Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center, director and past president
  • Cleveland POPS Orchestra, chairman of the board
  • Senior Citizen Resources, trustee and former officer
  • Leadership Cleveland, class co-president
  • The Junior League of Cleveland, community adviser
  • Buckeye Area Development Corporation, Business Volunteers Unlimited, Colgate University Alumni Corporation, Greater Cleveland Council of Boy Scouts of America, Community Information/Voluntary Action Center, and The University for Young Americans, former trustee and/or officer
  • Active participant in community activities as a board member and/or volunteer on state, local and national levels
  • Frequently consulted on major community initiatives in the Greater Cleveland area
  • Early participant in the actions that led to the development of the Gateway sports complex
  • Held major leadership roles on behalf of Cleveland's United Way

Corporate Boards

  • Columbia National Group, Inc. - Director and Secretary
  • Self-Funded Plans, Inc. - Director and Secretary
  • Self-Funded Plans Agency, Inc. - Director and Secretary
  • American Steel & Wire Corporation, Cedar Fair Management Company, and Lee Wilson Engineering Co., Inc. - Former Director
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