Donald D. Campbell

03/01/2020
Donald D. Campbell
Attorney | President

Donald D. Campbell

Attorney | President

Donald D. Campbell

Summary

Don concentrates his practice in representing judges in Judicial Tenure Commission matters and lawyers in Attorney Grievance matters as well as Legal Malpractice Defense. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, teaching courses in Ethics and Criminal Law. Don served 10 years as an Associate Counsel at the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission and almost four years as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Oakland County, Michigan, before joining the firm in 2003. Don is a former President of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL.net). As of January 1, 2024, he serves as President and co-managing partner of the firm.

Practice Areas
Grievance Defense
Professional Liability
Ethics Advice
Judicial Tenure Matters
International Law
European Union Legal Ethics

Credentials

Education
  • Wayne State University (J.D. 1989)
  • Loyola University of Chicago (B.A. cum laude, 1986)
  • University of Detroit High School
Admissions
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
Professional Activities
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (Former President)
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • 21st Century Practice Committee
    • State Bar of Michigan’s Ethics Committee (Served two terms)
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility (Past-liaison, serving two terms)
Accomplishments
  • Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” (Metro Detroit)
    • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law (2014)
    • Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants (2023)
  • Best Lawyers of America®
    • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law (2010-2024)
    • Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants (2023-2024)
  • Super Lawyers™
    • Professional Liability – Defendants (2015-2023)
  • DBusiness® Top Lawyer
    • Professional Malpractice Law (2014, 2017, 2023)
    • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law (2015)
    • Legal Malpractice Law (2013-2015, 2020, 2023, 2024)
  • Served as an expert to the State Bar of Michigan’s Representative Assembly in 2005 during its deliberations and debate concerning Michigan’s Proposed New Rules of Professional Conduct
Prominent Outcomes

Briefed and argued GA v Cooper, 482 Mich. 1079; 757 N.W.2d 867; 2008 Mich. LEXIS 2505, after argument, the Court entered a unanimous decision dismissing the grievance in its entirety. In the process, the Court endorsed nonrefundable retainer agreements under certain conditions.

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Campbell Speaks on Paralegal Ethics

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Donald Campbell addresss the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University

Donald Campbell addressed the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University on March 12, 2008, “Ethos Week.” Ethos is a Greek word meaning “character.” Ethos Week is designed to challenge students to think beyond ethics, and focus on creating a professional environment for students, faculty and staff. Don’s topic was “Corporate Law: Ethics vs Ethos.”

Donald Campbell speaks at ABA 2007 National Conference on Professional Responsibility

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