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Donald W. Marcari

Car accident Attorney at Chesapeake, VA

3.0   4 reviews

also known as Don Marcari


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About Donald

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Don first gained national attention when his exploits as a young defense attorney with the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps became the basis for the motion picture, "A Few Good Men" in 1992.

Since 1985, Don has been fighting for seriously injured people throughout North Carolina and Virginia, concentrating on plaintiff personal injury law and civil litigation. In addition, Don handles veteran benefits claims and continues to defend select members of our military service in court martials and administrative proceedings.

Don is a highly recognized attorney who has tried more than 200 jury trials including cases against Ford, Firestone, American Honda, Home Depot and several national trucking companies. He represented clients whose cases became the foundation for a movie, The Paula Coughlin Story and a book, The Story of the U.S. Navy's Tailhook Scandal.

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Licensed for 37 years
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 1988
Updated 12/27/2022
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 1985
Updated 12/27/2022

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Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban
501 Baylor Court
Suite 200
Chesapeake, VA, 23320
Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban
15801 Brixham Hill Ave.
Suite 350
Charlotte, NC, 28277
Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban
2443 Lynn Road
Suite 208
Raleigh, NC, 27612
Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban
37 Haywood Street
Suite 200
Asheville, NC, 28801
Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban
200 Dick Street
Suite B
Fayetteville, NC, 28301
Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban
204 Muirs Chapel Road
Suite 354
Greensboro, NC, 27410
Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban
200 Valencia Dr
Suite 148
Jacksonville, NC, 28546
Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban
96 W. Salisbury Street
Unit 2
Wrightsville Beach, NC, 28480
Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban
900 Commonwealth Place
Suite 200-348
Virginia Beach, VA, 23464
Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban
127 Salem Ave
Suite 313
Roanoke, VA, 24011
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Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced attorney that helped me out when no one else could
Mr. Marcari took my case and helped me out tremendously. He is an excellent attorney and he staff are very friendly.
Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!
Mr. Marcari is simply the best!
Response from Donald Marcari November 16, 2016
Thank you!
Posted by Stephen | January 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
No Communication Or Emphly For Clients
If you want a lawyer to handle a case where your slammed by a semi truck breaking 7 of your ribs punctured your lung and 22 days in the hospital and this firm and spicficly Don said I promise to take care of you and hold your case for months only when your asking for updates on where my case is he decided to drop my case only for no explanation when I was not driving but the passenger well lessen learned as not only did I filed a complaint against him and others in the firm with the VA board of lawyers as he's already be disaplined by the board this will follow. DON'T USE THIS FIRM NO TIME ATTENTION COMMUNICATION AND YOUR A TICKET NUMBER
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Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2015
this place took a fee from my medpay money that was MY MONEY!
They did not put in the contract or tell me that they take attorney fees out of my family's medpay money! They refused to call me or my wife back and never gave us what we had from the beginning! No other firm in NC will take a fee like they do!!! Look at the fine print before you sign they charge to come meet with you for miles, a file set up and anything! They should not be investigated
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2012.

Reprimand issued in NC, 2012
updated on 04/10/2014

Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Donald's comment: “YellowPage Ad did not list disclaimer regarding membership in the Million Dollar Advocacy Forum.”

Reprimand issued in NC, 2008
updated on 04/10/2014

Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Donald's comment: “Direct Mail envelope did not have required language in accordance with North Carolina Bar.”

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner and Attorney
  • Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban
  • 2000 - Present
  • Partner
  • Joynes & Marcari
  • 1996 - 2000
  • Attorney
  • Joynes & Bieber
  • 1994 - 1996
  • Managing Partner
  • Kershner, Hawkins & Marcari
  • 1988 - 1994
  • Senior Prosecutor
  • U S Navy, Judge Advocate General's Corps
  • 1987 - 1988
  • Sr Defense Counsel & Mobile Judge Advocate Trial Team Atty
  • U S Navy, Judge Advocate General's Corps
  • 1985 - 1987
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Education

  • Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • Appalachian State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1985

Associations

  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Governors
  • N/A
  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
  • Chairman
  • N/A
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association, Circuit Court Liaison Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Member
  • N/A
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Education Committee
  • N/A
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Brain Injury Association of North Carolina
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Litigation Counsel of America (LCA)
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2015
  • Member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Leader in Law
  • NC Lawyers Weekly
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Virginia Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Virginia Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Order of Service
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Virginia Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2009
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2008
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2007
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • N/A
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Professor
  • Products Liability
  • 2014
  • Business Clubs of America Monthly Meeting
  • Keynote Speaker
  • 2013
  • Tidewater Community College
  • Premise Liability
  • 2012
  • Law Review CLE
  • Law Review: Basics of Automobile Law
  • 2012
  • City of Virginia Beach
  • What Leadership Means
  • 2012
  • Tidewater Community College
  • Premise Liability
  • 2011
  • Georgetown University
  • Introduction to Law
  • 2011
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Closing Arguments
  • 2010
  • Georgetown University
  • Introduction to Law
  • 2010
  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
  • Trucking Accidents
  • 2009
  • Artistic American Veterans
  • Keynote Speaker
  • 2009
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Expert Witness
  • 2008
  • Campbell University
  • Law Day Speaker
  • 2007
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Opening Statements
  • 2005
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Arbitrations
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (7)
Endorse Donald
Car accident Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Marcari is one of the most talented attorneys that I know! He is extremely hard-working, puts his clients first and is a very experienced trial attorney. He is a great mentor and I have learned a lot from him."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Don is a lawyer's lawyer. He truly cares about the needs of his clients and he enjoys the practice of law. He aggressively advocates for the people he represents while maintaining a high level of ethics and integrity."
Car accident Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Don Marcari is a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer in North Carolina, South Carolina & Virginia. He is well respected among his peers and his community."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Donald. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Don continuously demonstrates his legal capabilities with an honorable legal career spanning over 25 years. I am honored to be Don Marcari’s partner!"
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"As a fellow JAG Don Marcari represented a U.S. Marine stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba which became the basis for the movie “A Few Good Men.” The story exemplifies the lengths to which Don will go in order to protect his client’s interest and obtain the justice they deserve. He truly cares about each client and case he takes on!"
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