Don Costello has over 35 years of experience in successfully handling litigation and trial of complex cases in California trial courts, courts of appeal and the California Supreme Court, including: catastrophic injury and death cases, medical and hospital malpractice, trucking accidents and complex business litigation. His cases have been reported in numerous California and national publications, including the National Law Journal, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. He has been interviewed on local and national television, written and lectured on legal topics and has taught trial practice skills to attorneys from throughout the United States at the Hastings College of Advocacy in San Francisco.
Mr. Costello is a Life Member (and Founder) of the MILLION DOLLAR ADVOCATES FORUM, one of the most presitigious groups of trial attorneys in America, membership in which is limited to trial attorneys throughout the United States who have won million and multi-million dollar cases. Established in 1993, the organization has over 4000 members. He is also a Life Member of the MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR ADVOCATES FORUM, established in 2007.
For MILLION DOLLAR ADVOCATES FORUM membership information and a list of members, see: www.MillionDollarAdvocates.com
PEER REVIEW RATING
Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory - highest possible rating ("A-V Preeminent") for legal ability and professional ethics (as rated by other lawyers and judges). Rated "A-V" each year 1984 to present.
Member of the Bar of all California state and federal courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
FACULTY, College of Advocacy (University of California, Hastings College of Law, San Francisco)
FACULTY, Litigation Advocacy Program, (University of California, Hastings College of Law, San Francisco)
Santa Clara University
Monterey College of Law
FOUNDER / PRESIDENT
Million Dollar Advocates Forum, LLC
AUTHOR / SPEAKER
Numerous articles and presentations on litigation and trial practice subjects in professional publications, journals and events.
Licensed since 1974
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Life Member||Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2007|
|A-V Preeminent rating each year since 1985||Martindale Hubbell rating||1985|
|Life Member||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||1974|
|President||Million Dollar Advocates Forum, LLC||1993 - Present|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Donald F Costello||1977 - Present|
|Attorney||Frolik Filley & Schey (San Francisco)||1974 - 1977|
|Law Student summer position||Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (San Francisco)||1972 - 1972|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum||Life Member / Presdent||2007 - Present|
|Million Dollar Advocates Forum||Life Member / President||1993 - Present|
|Martindale-Hubbell rating||Rated "A-V' Preeminent (highest)||1985 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||1980 - Present|
|United States Supreme Court Bar||Member||1980 - Present|
|California Trial Lawyers Journal||The Locality Rule in Medical Malpractice Cases||N/A|
|California Trial Lawyers Journal||Understanding Informed Consent in Medical Malpractice Cases||N/A|
|California Trial Lawyers Journal||The Civil Discovery Act||N/A|
|California Lawyer Magazine||Medical Malpractice Time Limitations||N/A|
|Los Angeles Daily Journal||The Role of the Party Arbitrator in Kaiser Malpractice Cases||N/A|
|County Bar Association Journal||Depositions - Civility and Self Defense||N/A|
|James Publications||Personal Injury Trial Notebook (Editorial Advisor)||N/A|
|University of California, Hastings College of the Law (San Francisco)||N/A||JD||1974|
|San Francisco State Unv||N/A||undergraduate||N/A|
|Stanford, Univ / Santa Clara Univ / Monterey College of Law||Litigation / Trial Practice (guest lecturer)||N/A|
|San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association||What's New in Premises Liabilty Law?||N/A|
|Hastings College of Advocacy||Trial Practice (faculty)||N/A|