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Don McKenna joined Hare Wynn in 1997 and has been a partner since 2000. Since beginning his legal career in 1995, Don has represented plaintiffs from across the United States, including before the United States Supreme Court, and has won several verdicts that set new legal precedents. He has published numerous articles in legal journals and law reviews, and is a frequent speaker at legal seminars and professional conferences.

To date, Don’s work has resulted in jury verdicts and settlements totaling more than $1.6 billion. In 2012, he obtained an $8 million verdict for the family of a retired physician who was mistreated by a nursing home in Kentucky. In 2010, one of his cases, Schafer v. Bayer Cropscience, was listed among the Top 100 Verdicts in America by Verdict Search.

While he practices in several areas, including serious personal injuries, wrongful death, products liability and environmental cases, Don has a special enthusiasm for cases that involve government fraud. He is a member of the Tax Payers Against Fraud Education Fund, a national organization of lawyers who represent whistleblowers. He was honored by that organization in 2009 as the “Whistleblower Lawyer of the Year.”

He is currently active in the metal-on-metal hip litigation. He has spoken nationally on this topic on the televised program, The People’s Law School. Don was recently appointed to the Plaintiffs Steering Committee on the Stryker Rejuvenate – ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability National Multi-District Litigation.

Don is a graduate of Auburn University. He earned his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, where he was on the law review.

He is an active member of Shades Mountain Baptist Church. He regularly participates in mission trips to locations in the United States and abroad. He also serves on the board of Restoration Academy, a Birmingham-based Christian school that provides low-income children the opportunity for a private education.

Married with three children, Don enjoys competitive running and coaching youth sports. He also maintains blogs related to two of his passions; encouraging people to report governmental fraud ( and running (

“Practicing law allows me to live out my call to serve.”


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Practice areas


  1. Government: 20%
  2. Environmental and Natural Resources: 20%
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
  4. Defective and Dangerous Products: 18%
  5. Other: 22%
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Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP

2025 3rd Avenue North
Suite 800
Birmingham, AL, 35203-3378


ALAuthorized to practice law199511/11/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Attorneys in AmericaBest Lawyers2014
Best Attorneys in AlabamaBusiness Alabama2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Best Lawyers in AlabamaAmerican Registry2013
Top 10 Verdicts in KentuckyVerdict Search2012
Top Law Firms in AmericaForbes2012
Peer SelectedSuper Lawyers2012
Multi-Million Dollar VerdictsMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2011
Top 100 Verdicts in AmericaVerdict Search2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2011
Whistleblower Lawyer of the YearTaxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHare Wynn Newell & Newton1997 - Present
Associate AttorneyTaylor & Taylor1995 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Birmingham Bar AssociationPublic Service Committee2011 - Present
Taxpayers Against Fraud Education FundMember2000 - Present
Alabama Trial Lawyers AssociationExecutive Committee2000 - Present
Alabama Association for JusticeMember1995 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1995 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Alabama State BarMember1995 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
U.S. ex rel Johnson v. Shell, et al.$437 Million in total settlements
Griffin v. Treyton Oak Towers$8 million Jury Verdict
Schafer v. Bayer CropScience$48 million Jury Verdict. - $6 million Compensatory Damages $42 Million Punitive all upheld on appeal
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Publication nameTitleDate
American Journal of Trial AdvocacyTaking Control: How a False Claims Act Will Allow Alabama To Stop The Leeching of Its Treasury2008
Journal of ATLATaking a Second Look at Wrongful Termination Cases2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Samford University, Cumberland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Auburn UniversityN/AN/A1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Peoples Law SchoolDefective Medical Devices2013
ATLA Commercial Law CLEThe Devil is in the Details2011
Tax Payers Against Fraud Annual ConferencePanel Discussion Litigating the Non-Intervened Case2009
Hot Topics in HealthcareHot Topics in Healthcare: False Claims Act Panel2009
Arkansas Trial Lawyers Annual MeetingFalse Claims Act Litigation: Why Arkansas Needs a False Claims Act2009
Arkansas Bar Association Annual MeetingEffective Mediation Presentations in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases2009
Alabama State Bar, Young Lawyers SectionClosing the Deal: Mediation Strategies and Tactics for Reaching Resolution2009
Arkansas Trial Lawyers AssociationEffective Mediation Presentations in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases2008
Business Fraud SeminarFalse Claim Act Litigation2006
Alabama State BarWhy Alabama Needs a False Claims Act2006
BLSA MeetingWhy Alabama Needs a False Claims Act2004
Sources of Business and Theories of RecoveryFalse Claims Act Litigation2001