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Don Corson

Personal injury Attorney at Eugene, OR

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1985
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Don

Learn Don’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    We support safer communities by helping to stop the cycle of harm caused by irresponsible behavior. We help hold wrongdoers accountable so that others don’t have to suffer. Don is named in The Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury.

    38 years

  2. Brain injury
    Corson & Johnson is recognized by the Brain Injury Association of America as their Preferred Attorney in Oregon. We have successfully tried and settled brain injury cases for decades.

    36 years

  3. Car accident
    Don Corson has successfully represented hundreds of car crash survivors. In 2020 Don was recognized as the Distinguished Trial Lawyer in Oregon.

    38 years

  4. Defective and dangerous products
    Don has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs for the past 17 years.

    38 years

  5. Trucking accident
    Don Corson has represented many survivors of 18 wheeler crashes and families of those who have not survived. A number of truckers have hired him over the years to represent them when they were harmed by unsafe trucking practices.

    36 years

  6. Wrongful death
    Don Corson has for decades successfully represented families of those who needlessly lost loved ones. His work has included major high-profile wrongful death trials.

    38 years

  7. Spinal cord injury
    Don has represented survivors of spinal cord injuries who have been left with quadriplegia or paraplegia as a result of vehicle crashes, defective products, hospital system failures, and gunshot wounds.

    36 years

Don Corson's practice expertise is the representation of people injured or killed by defective products, industrial incidents, hospital system failures, trucking and other major vehicle collisions, electrical accidents, and other catastrophic events.

Before entering the field of law, Don was active in consumer and environmental issues. He decided to become an attorney in part to address many of the injustices he saw. Don graduated first in his law school class from the University of Oregon in 1985. He was Editor-In-Chief of the Oregon Law Review. He completed a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at the University of Oregon in 1976, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Don is a member of the Oregon State Bar, the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the National Crime Victims Bar Association, Multnomah and Lane County Bar Associations, and Public Justice. He is active in the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and is a former OTLA President. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers as well as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Don is admitted to practice in all Oregon state and federal courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Don served as elected Chair of the Council on Court Procedures, Oregon's rule-making body for laws relating to civil procedure. The 23 member Council consists of appellate judges, circuit court judges, practicing attorneys, and a public member. The Oregon Legislature created the Council to review the rules of civil procedure, study proposals concerning Oregon laws relating to civil procedure, and to promulgate rules of pleading, practice, and procedure. Rules adopted by the Council on Court Procedures become the official rules of court for the state unless expressly overruled by the Legislature.

Don has been named an Oregon Super Lawyer, a distinction which identifies him among the top five percent of attorneys in the state. He has also gained recognition from the judiciary and other attorneys with two of the highest honors in the country: The highest legal ability and professional ethics ratings in the LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Rating System and The Best Lawyers in America.

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It was bad enough that Shelley Durrant lost both of her arms in a farm-machinery accident. But to have her lower right leg amputated because of hospital negligence was beyond comprehension.
What started as an ordinary drive for Larry Woody resulted in a catastrophic injury that would affect him for the rest of his life. when a tractor-trailer rig moving at top speed, crossing the median and hitting him. He was blinded for life.

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The Corson & Johnson Law Firm
940 Willamette St.
Suite 500
Eugene, OR, 97401


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Posted by Bonnie | November 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Skilled and Ethical
When our grandson was badly injured in an ATV accident, sustaining life-long injuries, we went in search of a skilled and ethical attorney to help achieve reasonable financial aid for our grandson’s future, which had been greatly altered. We were referred to Corson & Johnson Law Firm. We first met Don Corson when he came to our home to meet with us and to discover more about our situation. He immediately made us comfortable with his friendly but professional demeanor. And I couldn’t have been more impressed with his depth of legal knowledge. But more than that, it was clear he cared about our grandson’s well-being. In the many months that followed it became obvious to us that we had the best attorney in the state of Oregon working alongside us. Don was always a professional, but he was more than just an attorney to us. He became a friend. As it turned out, Don Corson did a fabulous job and our grandson will be well taken care of throughout his life. Along with a sense of assurance about our grandson’s future well-being, we also have a life-long friend. There are no sufficient words to thank Don Corson and his staff for all they did for us and our grandson. We have no hesitation in recommending his services to others. You won’t be sorry.
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Posted by Travis | July 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
I was referred to Don after I was injured in an accident. Don explained his process and made me feel like I knew what to expect. I was treated like a friend by his entire team and would definitely recommend them to anyone who needs a great injury attorney.
Posted by TJ Hein | February 5, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Mr. Corson gave me great advice. We do not live in the same area, but he contacted me and explained my best options. I am grateful for his opinion and time.
Posted by Larry | December 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
I would highly recommend Don
We hired Don in 2002 as my husband's car was hit by a semi truck on I-5. He was left permanently blind by the accident. Don was highly recommended to us from another attorney. We were so glad he took our case. He was very upfront, honest, fair and thorough. He did extra research and got assistance from others to help our case. He treated us, and still does treat us, like a friend. He was not a high pressure attorney, like a lot of others who tried contacting us after the wreck. He was there for us.
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Posted by Red | April 24, 2015
Going beyond the courtroom to help ,e
My experience with Lara and Don was especially meaningful for me because it is not often in a business relationship that one feels truly cared about on a personal level. The world needs more attorneys like Lara and Don – they embody everything the legal profession strives to be
Posted by Janice | April 15, 2015
Catastrophic Injuries that the Insurance Company Rejected
Don did an incredible job in the case of Larry Woody who was involved in a terrible accident when an 18 wheeler hit him and he was blinded. During his investigation, Don and his team discovered that the trucking company’s insurance would not be able to cover the harm done to Larry. As it turns out, the trucking company had not received the amount of insurance it had ordered. In order to get Larry the help he would need, Don went on to represent the trucking company in a lawsuit against their insurance broker. The proceeds from that case were then given to Larry, allowing him to continue living his life.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Corson & Johnson Law Firm
  • 2004 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Johnson, Clifton, Larson & Corson, P.C.
  • 1985 - 2004


  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985

Legal Cases

  • Defective Farm Equipment Causes Brain Damage
  • Jury verdict for $4 million
  • Hospital System Failure
  • Jury verdict for $12 million
  • Worker Injured in Highway Construction Area
  • $2,8 million jury verdict. Within a short time after the trial, truck mounted attenuators could be seen at highway construction sites all over, and that practice has continued.
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  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2003 - Present
  • Oregon Association of Trial Lawyers
  • President
  • 1985 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Superlawyer
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  • 2015
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  • 2014
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  • 2013
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  • 2012
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  • 2011
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  • 2010
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  • 2009
  • Superlawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Superlawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Superlawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention
  • Product Liability Cases from the Ground Up
  • 2020
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • “A child amputee David versus a corporate manufacturing Goliath,” with Lara Johnson.
  • 2018
  • Brain Injury Associate of Oregon
  • “Preparing and Trying a Brain Injury Case”
  • 2016
  • National Crime Victim Bar Association
  • “Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Oregon,” panelist.
  • 2013
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • “Public Education”
  • 2013
  • 2011 University of Oregon School of Law Fall Public Interest Symposium
  • Panelist, Small Firm Practice, “Inspiring Public Interest”
  • 2011
  • Oregon Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
  • Moderator, “Crossing the Bridge: State and Federal Practice”
  • 2011
  • Lane County Bar Association
  • “Expedited Jury Trials”
  • 2010
  • Washington State Association for Justice and Oregon Trial Lawyers Association joint convention
  • “Cross Examining Defense Expert Witnesses,”
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (2)
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Personal injury Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Don Corson is an outstanding advocate. He is one of the most skilled attorneys you can find."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Don is one of the most brilliant litigators in the Pacific Northwest, and perhaps the nation. His legal acumen and commanding courtroom presence are only rivaled by his sensibility, kindness and compassion."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Don is a powerful advocate and a consummate professional."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Don. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Corson has for decades been one of the top attorneys in complicated personal injury litigation."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Other
"I have known Don since law school. He was a top student with absolute integrity. He is one of the top personal injury lawyers in Oregon."
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Don Corson
Personal injury Attorney
Eugene, OR
Licensed for 38 years