Donald D. Campbell
P: 248-351-5426
F: 248-351-5451

Don concentrates his practice in Attorney Grievance Defense, representation in Judicial Tenure matters and Legal Malpractice Defense. In addition to his law practice, 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, since 2002. He also teaches a seminar in Corporate Law and Ethics. Don served 10 years as an Associate Counsel, Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission and four years as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Oakland County, Michigan before joining the firm in 2003.


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


Wayne State University
(J.D. 1989)

Loyola University of Chicago
(B.A. cum laude, 1986)

University of Detroit High School


State Bar of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan


Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” (Metro Detroit)
-—– Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
—-– (2014)

Best Lawyers of America®
-—– Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
—-– (2010-2020)

Super Lawyers™
-—– Professional Liability (2015-2019)

DBusiness® Top Lawyer
—-– Professional Malpractice Law
—-– (2014, 2017)
—-– Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
—-– (2015)
-—– Legal Malpractice Law
—-– (2013-2015, 2020)

Appointed by President of APRL in 2010 to a Joint Committee formed with the National Council of Lawyer Disciplinary Boards and the NOBC to study revisions to ABA Standards for Imposing Lawyer Sanctions

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


Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (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
—-– (Immediate past-liaison, served two terms)


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.


On October 3, 2018, Don will be participating on a panel in a State Bar of Michigan Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Lunch & Learn teleconference on mediator ethics. For registration information, click here.

On October 28, 2018, Don will be participating at a meeting of the Specialization Committee of the ABA’s Center for Professional Responsibility.

On November 2, 2018, Don will be co-presenting an ethics case law update at Holland & Knight’s Law Firm Summit held in Portland, OR. It is entitled “What Should be Keeping the GC up at Night?” Click here for more information.

Don is the conference coordinator of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers and Law Society of England and Wales joint conference on international ethics issues in Washington DC on November 9th. For more information, click here.

Moderated panel session at the APRL’s 2016 International Professional Responsibility Conference held in Paris, France, entitled Bar Regulation (Discipline and Admissions) in the EU (and Elsewhere)

Moderated panel on ethical pitfalls at the 2015 Bridging the Detroit River Conference, a joint meeting  between the Canadian Defense Lawyers (CDL) and Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (MDTC) in Windsor, Ontario. The session was entitled: Ethical pitfalls in civil litigation: Tips from the judicial trenches

Presented at the 2014 International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) in Chicago, Illinois on issues of in-firm attorney/client privilege and duties triggered upon receiving stolen documents

Presented at Hinshaw’s 2014 Legal Malpractice and Risk Management Forum in Chicago, Illinois on the topic of data security for law firms

Moderated panel on attorney professionalism standards at the APRL’s 2013 Annual Conference in San Francisco, California in a session entitled: Law Schools & the New (Old) Professionalism: Task for the ABA & Role for APRL

Moderated panel on attorney advertising at the APRL’s 2013 Mid-Year Conference in Dallas, Texas in a session entitled: “Outlaw” or “Artlaw”: Advertising in the Digital Age

Moderated panel at the ABA’s 2012 Annual National Conference on Professional Responsibility in Boston, Massachusetts in a session entitled: ABA Model Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement

Presented the 2011 National Survey of Lawyer Liability and Discipline Decisions to the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers in Toronto, Canada

Presented at the ABA’s 37th Annual National Conference on Professional Responsibility in Memphis, Tennessee in session entitled: Show Me the Money: Retainers and Fee Advances Revisited

Moderated joint program between National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC) and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) in Atlanta, Georgia. The session was entitled: The ABA Standards for Imposing Lawyer Sanctions: A View after 25 years

Presented at the 2010 APRL Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, in session entitled: The Importance of Being Earned: Non-refundable Retainer Agreements

Co-Presenter at the joint program between the NOBC and APRL in Orlando, Florida; the topic was Investigating, Prosecuting, and Defending Disciplinary Cases in an Electronic World

Presented at the State Bar of Michigan’s Young Lawyers Section’s program entitled Practical Application of Professional Responsibility in Your Practice

Speaker, Eastern Michigan University School of Business 2nd Annual Ethos Conference, talk entitled Dark Secrets and Ugly Truths: When Attorney Ethos and Client Confidentiality Collide

Moderated the ABA Business Law Section’s Firm Counsel Project round-table held in Detroit (2008)

Facilitated Panel Discussion entitled Ethics for the Ages: Graceful Graying or Senior Tsunami at the American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility 33rd Annual Conference in Chicago

Presenter, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers’ Mid-Year Meeting in presentation entitled You Can’t Always Say What You Want: Limits on Lawyer Speech, Post-Fieger in Miami, Florida

Speaker, Michigan’s Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s 3rd Annual Solo & Small Firm Institute presentation entitled Spotting Trouble Client’s and Dealing with the Risks They Pose in Dearborn, Michigan

Speaker, Michigan’s Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s 1st Annual Solo & Small Firm Institute presentation entitled Holding on to Hard Earned Assets: The Three R’s, Retainers, Risk Management and Responding to Grievances in Dearborn, Michigan


Featured in Motion® Magazine’s spring 2009 article, Reputation Matters: When a Lawyer Needs a Lawyer

Co-Author, Report of NOBC and APRL Joint Committee on Aging Lawyers

Author, As the Senior Tsunami Approaches, The Profession Offers Two Formal Ethics Opinions, The Complete Lawyer, Vol. 3 No. 4

Author, 10 Tips from the Trenches, Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly