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Robert Donald Estes

also known as Don Estes, R. D. Estes

About Me

I started Estes Parsinen & Levy P.A. at the end of 1981.  John Parsinen, Bob Levy and I built that firm into 29 lawyers with 50 staff people when I left in May of 1989 to work for a limited number of clients.  Firm management is different than being a lawyer which is what I wanted to do.  My practice has been very broad and very client oriented, meaning that I will drop everything to focus on a single client's needs and I will get you out of the problem or achieve the planning goal you are lookiung for.  I bring in other supremely well qualified lawyers to assist if I am not the very best lawyer to be handling the situation.  I do not need to send the business to my partners of which there are none.  I serve as a director for most of my clients.  I bring to the table a panoramic strategic vision built upon years of experience.  One readily appreciates the old adage, "Go to a young doctor and an old lawyer."  I am that battle scarred, grizzled lawyer that has been through the wars.  I know what I don't know.   I am not looking for clients.  I  am  more interested in serving my current clients well, but if you have something that requires breakthrough thinking and a fast response, I could be interested.  I am admitted to United States Supreme Court, US Tax Court, the International Court of Trade, Federal Court District of Minnesota and Circuit Court of Appeals.  I was certified as Trial/Defense Counsel as a JAG officer.  (For purposes of accuracy, there were a few limited years in which I was NOT a member of the American, Minnesota, Hennepin County or International Bar Associations.)


Practice Areas


  1. Business: 60%
    47 years, 350 cases
  2. Estate Planning: 35%
    47 years, 600 cases
  3. Probate: 4%
    47 years, 60 cases
  4. Real Estate: 1%
    47 years, 100 cases



Retainer (Sometimes), Pro Bono (1%)

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Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

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    Wisdom to guide, experienced to lead and intelligence to decide. As a leader, he is prescient in his strategic planning whether in a business or litigation arena and relentlessly focused on achieving his client’s goal. He commits everything that he has available to that end. I have worked closely with him on a number of occasions. In the event of a conflict, his cool guidance has in my experience shaped the field of battle and clearly enhances the probability of victory and profit for our client. In sum, he embodies the motto: “Aut viam inveniam aut faciam ad victoriam” — I shall find a way, or I shall make one to victory. I look forward to working with Don again. I find it hard to adequately express my admiration and respect for his skills and thinking. I recommend him wholeheartedly.


    Henry Ku Class Action Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Jeffrey Robert Matsen

    I endorse this lawyer's work. R. Donald Estes Is a bright and effective attorney as is evident by the clients he represents. They are sophisticated, of high net worth and the matters are of great complexity. Mr. Estes demonstrates unquenchable passion for his work and a determination for serving his clients needs. He possesses the highest competency and ethics of the top five percent of all attorneys.


    Jeffrey Matsen Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

4741 Fremont Avenue So
Minneapolis, MN, 55409


MNAuthorized to practice196806/04/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Estate Planning Law SpecialistEstate Law Specialist Board, Inc, ABA accredited, but not MN2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2005
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AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2003
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Certificate of AppreciationUnited States District Court Minnesota District2001
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2001
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2000
Certification of GraduationNational Institute of Trial Advocacy2000
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1999
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1998
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1997
License to PracticeInternational Court of Trade1996
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1996
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1995
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1994
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1993
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1992
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1991
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1990
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1989
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1988
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1987
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1986
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1985
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1984
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1983
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1982
License to PracticeUnited States Supreme Court1980
Licensed to practiceInternational Court of trade1976
Certification as Trial and Defense CounselUnited States Navy1975
Licensed to practiceU.S. Tax Court1975
License to PracticeUnited States District Court Minnesota District1967
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PresidentWarhorse Realty Advisors LLC, MN licensed. Broker2014 - Present
CEO, ChairmanWorld Products Inc., worldwide electronics manufacturer.2013 - Present
PresidentEstes Law Firm P.A.1999 - Present
OwnerEstes Law Firm1989 - 1998
PresidentEstes Parsinen & Levy, P.A.1982 - 1989
DirectorMultiple companies1968 - 2014
DirectorThompson Nielsen Klaverkamp & James P.A.1967 - 1981
Association NamePosition NameDuration
ElderCounselMember2014 - Present
Twin Cities Estate and Financial Planning CouncilsDirector2014 - Present
American Bar Association, Senior Lawyers DivisionMember Investment Committee2014 - Present
American Bar Association, Senior Lawyers DivisionVice Chair Board of Editors Voice of Experience2014 - Present
Financial Planning AssociationMember2014 - Present
WealthCounselMember2007 - Present
International Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
American Bar Association, International Law and Practice SectionMember1992 - Present
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionMember1975 - Present
American Bar Association, Business Law SectionMember1975 - Present
United States Naval Reserve JAG CorpsLt. Commander Trial/Defense Counsel1969 - 1991
Hennepin County Bar AssociationMember1968 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember1968 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1968 - Present
Publication NameTitleDate
ABA Voice of ExperienceThe ATRA-Math Estate Planning After the 2012 American Taxpayer Relief Act2014
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Columbia University School of LawLawLL.B - Bachelor of Laws1967
University of MinnesotaPhysiologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1964
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Minnesota State Bar AssociationTechnology in your law practice2001
Minnesota Continuing Legal EducationPracticing Law out of a Cigar Box1999