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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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Contact info

Hampton Roads Office

501 Baylor Ct.
Suite 200
Chesapeake, VA, 23320

Richmond Office

1 Park West Circle
Suite 101
Midlothian, VA, 23114

Virginia Beach Office

1081 19th Street
Suite 201
Virginia Beach, VA, 23451

Elizabeth City Office

303 E. Main Street
Suite 9
Elizabeth City, NC, 27909

Newport News Office

11028 Warwick Blvd.
Suite L.
Newport News, VA, 23601

Asheville Office

37 Haywood Street
Suite 200
Asheville, NC, 28801

Charlotte Office

15801 Brixham Hill Ave.
Suite 350
Charlotte, NC, 28277

Durham Office

5003 Southpark Dr.
Suite 200
Durham, NC, 27713

Fayetteville Office

200 Dick Street
Suite B
Fayetteville, NC, 28301

Greensboro Office

5009 High Point Rd.
Suite 101
Greensboro, NC, 27407


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
  2. Class Action: 25%
  3. Car Accident: 25%

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

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  • Ronald Bradly Balaban

    Don Marcari is a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer in North Carolina, South Carolina & Virginia. He is well respected among his peers and his community.


    Ronald Balaban Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Joe G. Adams Jr.

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Joe Adams Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer


VAAuthorized to practice law198803/31/2016

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Reprimand
    issued in NC, 2012


    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.”

  2. Reprimand
    issued in NC, 2008


    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.”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
MemberMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2015
MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Leader in LawNC Lawyers Weekly2012
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2012
Super LawyerVirginia Super Lawyers2011
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2011
Super LawyerVirginia Super Lawyers2010
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2009
Super LawyerVirginia Super Lawyers2009
Order of ServiceNorth Carolina Advocates for Justice2009
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2008
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2007
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal AdvocatesN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing Partner and AttorneyMarcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban, P.C.2000 - Present
PartnerJoynes & Marcari1996 - 2000
AttorneyJoynes & Bieber1994 - 1996
Managing PartnerKershner, Hawkins & Marcari1988 - 1994
Senior ProsecutorU S Navy, Judge Advocate General's Corps1987 - 1988
Sr Defense Counsel & Mobile Judge Advocate Trial Team AttyU S Navy, Judge Advocate General's Corps1985 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of GovernorsN/A
Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of AmericaChairmanN/A
Virginia Beach Bar Association, Circuit Court Liaison CommitteeMemberN/A
Million Dollar Advocates ForumMemberN/A
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeEducation CommitteeN/A
Virginia Beach Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Brain Injury Association of North CarolinaMemberN/A
Litigation Counsel of America (LCA)MemberN/A
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates ForumMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Ten of America's leading personal injury attorneys share their wisdomInjured In An Accident?2014
PR WebNorth Carolina Personal Injury Attorney Invited to Speak at the Pentagon2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Appalachian State UniversityPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Legal Studies AcademyThe Legal Studies Academy2014
ProfessorProducts Liability2014
The Legal Studies AcademyThe Legal Studies Academy2013
Business Clubs of America Monthly MeetingKeynote Speaker2013
Tidewater Community CollegePremise Liability2012
Law Review CLELaw Review: Basics of Automobile Law2012
First Colonial High School The Legal Studies AcademyThe Legal Studies Academy2012
First Colonial High School & Princess Anne High SchoolDistracted Driving2012
City of Virginia BeachWhat Leadership Means2012
Tidewater Community CollegePremise Liability2011
The Legal Studies AcademyThe Legal Studies Academy2011
Georgetown UniversityIntroduction to Law2011
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeClosing Arguments2010
Georgetown UniversityIntroduction to Law2010
Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of AmericaTrucking Accidents2009
Artistic American VeteransKeynote Speaker2009
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeExpert Witness2008
Campbell UniversityLaw Day Speaker2007
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationOpening Statements2005
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationArbitrations2001