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Donald J Winder

Litigation Attorney at Salt Lake City, UT

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  • State Years
    Utah - UT 47 years
    Oregon - OR 51 years
  • Licensed for 47 years
    State UT
    Acquired 1976
    Inactive Emeritus No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 51 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1972
    Resigned No misconduct found

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Donald J. Winder has been listed for more than 10 years in Best Lawyers in America (less than 2% of all attorneys in Utah have been so honored).  He has also been a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates since 1995 and is the only attorney in Utah to be Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  Further, Mr. Winder is a Fellow in Litigation Counsel of America, a trial honorary society limited to less than one-half of one percent of all American attorneys, and has also been selected for inclusion in the 3000 Leading Plaintiffs’ Lawyers in America.  Mr. Winder has been selected since 2007 for inclusion in Mountain States Super Lawyers for Business Litigation, and was selected as one of the Top Seventy-Five Mountain States Super Lawyers for 2007-08, and Top 100 Mountain States Super Lawyers for 2012.  For over 20 years, Donald J. Winder has maintained the highest peer review rating given by Martindale-Hubbell (“AV”).  His firm, Winder & Counsel, PC, has also been approved by Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys, is a member of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms, is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms, and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.  Less than 5% of all U.S. law firms qualify and are included in the Bar Register.

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Winder & Counsel, PC
460 South 400 East
Salt Lake City, UT, 84111


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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Winder & Counsel, PC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Winder & Haslam, PC
  • 1983 - 2008


  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1972
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1969

Legal Cases

  • Yellow Cab Drivers Ass., Inc. v. Price
  • Private Settlement
  • Havlish, et al. v. Sheik Usamah Bin-Muhammad Bin-Laden, a/k/a/ Osama Bin-Laden, et al.
  • Judgment obtained against Iran for $7 Billion
  • Robinson v. Dr. Paul Taylor & Mountain View Family Care, PC
  • $3.3 Million judgment
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  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Order of Justitia
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • National Board of Directors
  • 2005 - Present
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Civil Trial Diplomate
  • 2004 - Present
  • International Society of Primerus Law Firms
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Utah State Bar
  • Member
  • 1976 - Present
  • College of Master Advocates and Barristers
  • Senior Counsel
  • N/A
  • Sutherland II American Inns of Court
  • Master of the Bench
  • N/A
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice, HRT and Vioxx Litigation Groups
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Vice Chair, Automobile Law Committee and Co-Editor
  • 2001 - 2002
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • German

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Commercial Law Firm of the Year, Utah
  • Corporate INTL
  • 2013
  • Best's Recommeded Insurance Attorneys
  • A.M. Best Company - Recommended Insurance Attorneys
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Mountain States Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Distinuished Pro Bono Law Firm
  • Utah State Bar
  • 2012
  • Utah Legal Elite
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • 2012
  • Top Lawyer - Commerial Litigation
  • American Lawyer
  • 2011
  • Outstanding Service Award
  • International Society of Primerus Lawfirms
  • 2010
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2009
  • Profesionalism Award
  • Utah State Bar
  • 2008
  • Top 3000
  • Lawdragon
  • 2007
  • Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys - Listed Over 10 Years
  • A.M. Best Company - Recommended Insurance Attorneys
  • 2002
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  • Intermountain Commercial Record
  • In Defense of Jury Trials
  • 2007
  • Intermountain Commercial Record
  • Utah Is Not the Place for Runaway Med-Mal Juries
  • 2007
  • The Critical Path-Construction Law Committee Newsletter (DRI, Defense Research Institute)
  • Utah Joins Ranks Denying Recovery for Economic Loss in Tort
  • 1999
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Speaking Engagements

  • Utah State Bar I.P. Summit
  • Trial Techniques
  • 2013
  • Pretrial Procedure
  • Pretrial Procedure
  • 2012
  • Masters in Trial
  • Trial Techniques
  • 2012
  • Fall Forum
  • Civility and Trial Practice
  • 2012
  • National Jury Summit
  • Improving Access to Jury Trials
  • 2011
  • Fall Conference
  • Structured Settlements and Special Needs Trusts – Perfect Together?
  • 2009
  • Masters in Trial
  • Cross Examination of Plaintiff’s Accident Reconstruction Expert
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
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Business Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Don is one of, if not the most, talented attorney in all of Utah. He makes problems disappear and sets his clients up for future success. You can't hire a better attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 04
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 | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Don. He is an extremely talented attorney. His accolades include being a member of the Best Lawyers in America, Mountain States Super Lawyers and Litigation Council of America. It's also quite clear that Don cares about his clients. For example, in the wake of September 11, 2001, Don began providing free legal representation to United States military personnel and their families in matters ranging from personal injury settlement negotiations to workers’ compensation representation."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Friend
"Don Winder and the Winder & Counsel, P.C. law firm have every qualification you may look for in legal counsel. Don Winder treats his clients with respect and works tirelessly to ensure their cases reach the best possible outcome. Winder & Counsel, P.C. has a national reputation as business and trial lawyers and Don Winder has held numerous leadership positions in the bar. I know Don Winder and his law firm’s work through their association with Primerus, one of the most respected international lawyers’ organizations. He and his firm had to meet and exceed the requirements of providing a high level of service at a reasonable cost, as well as integrity in all dealings. Even more importantly, this recognition has come from the recommendation of clients, fellow lawyers and the courts. With his qualifications and past trial experience, I would not hesitate to refer cases to Don Winder and his firm Winder & Counsel, P.C."
Personal injury Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I have been fortunate to know Don Winder as a member of Primerus. It is an organization built upon uniting attorneys from around the country who have exemplified high ethical and professional standards. Membership in Primerus is by invitation only. Each prospective member is thoroughly vetted for excellence."
Personal injury Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Don personally and he is one of the brightest lawyers I know. He's a fighter and a very well-respected attorney in our legal community. Don has been recognized by his peers for his legal work and has been vetted by the Primerus network; an organization of international lawyers who must meet the highest of standards. If I have an injury or death case in the Salt Lake City area, I would most certainly refer the matter to Don Winder and feel confident that the client would be represented by the very best."
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Salt Lake City Litigation Lawyer Donald J Winder
Donald J Winder
Litigation Attorney
Salt Lake City, UT