Don practices in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, and guardianship. He is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.
Don enjoys working with families and individuals to plan for the future through estate planning, to handle the many tasks of administering an estate, or to deal with the special challenges of caring for a disabled or elderly family member. He is frequently appointed by the Judge of the Probate Court to serve as attorney ad litem, guardian ad litem or a personal representative in estate and guardianship proceedings.
Don attended Cornell University and the University of Texas at Austin as an undergraduate, the University of Texas for a graduate degree and the University of Texas School of Law for his law degree. He never really left the Forty Acres as he now resides within earshot of the carillon in the Tower.
Don has served as President of the Board of Family Eldercare, Inc., and Chair of the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Travis County (now Austin) Bar Association. Away from work, he is an avid runner and currently serves as Chief Referee for the Southwest Lacrosse Officials Association.
Board Certified, Estate Planning and Probate, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
State Bar of Texas: member, 1981-2012 (Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section); Travis County Bar Association: member, 1981-2012 (Estate Planning and Probate Section, Director, 1992-1993, 1998-2002; Secretary, 2000-2001; Chair-Elect, 2001-2002; Chair, 2002-2003)
Speaker, continuing legal education seminars on guardianship, estate planning and health care planning, including Parental and Spousal Support vs. Ward’s Self-Support, University of Texas Intermediate Estate Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law Conference, 2001; Never-Funded Testamentary Trusts, 16th Annual Travis County Bar Association Estate Planning and Probate Section Seminar, 2002; Tracing after Death, State Bar of Texas Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course, 2002; What Do You Do When You Get a Call… (panelist), University of Texas Intermediate Estate Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law Conference, 2004; Guardianship Mock Trial (participant), University of Texas Intermediate Estate Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law Conference, 2005; Panelist, 2006 Texas Brain Injury Society Seminar; Course Director, 16th Annual Travis County Bar Association Estate Planning & Probate Seminar; Administration of a Guardianship Estate, Texas Guardianship Association Annual Conference, 2008; The Role of the Guardian, University of Texas Estate Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law Conference, 2009 and 2010 and Texas Guardianship Association Annual Conference 2011
Certified guardianship attorney ad litem
2005-2011 Texas Monthly “Super Lawyer” (Estate Planning/Trusts), 2008-2011 The Best Lawyers in America (Trusts and Estates), 2009-11 Texas’ Best Lawyers