Donald R. Strickland

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Durham, NC

Law Office of Donald R. Strickland
 | 2741 University Drive, Suite 200
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: 919.701.8132
Fax: 919-869-1725
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Don Strickland is the owner of The Law Office of Donald R Strickland in Durham, North Carolina.  His primary practice areas are personal injury and wrongful death cases arising out of collisions involving tractor-trailers, cars, motorcycles, buses and pedestrians involving catastrophic injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and other debilitating injuries. He also handles premises liablity and product liability cases, and business tort cases involving unfair or deceptive trade practices and fraud.  Don no longer handles medical malpractice cases. 

Don is a fellow and past member of the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only organization that limits its membership in the United States to 500 active trial lawyers under the age of 70 and has fellows in more than 30 countries. He is a fellow of the International Society of Barristers, and the American Board of Trial Advocacy, two other prominent invitation-only legal organizations.  He has served on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. 

Don has been elected to Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite in the field of litigation on multiple occasions. He was named Best Lawyer's 2015 Plaintiff Lawyer of the Year for Personal Injury Litigation in Raleigh, N.C. Don was voted Durham Magazine's top non-domestic lawyer based on write in balloting in 2015 winning the magazine's gold award in its Best of Durham edition. 

As an AV-rated* attorney, Don has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America for than 18 years.  Don is member of the American Association for Justice, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the North Carolina Bar Association and the Durham County Bar Association.

Don received his BS in Business Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1978 and his Juris Doctorate from Duke University Law School in 1984. Since beginning his legal career in 1984 Don has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars of behalf of his clients.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (70%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Civil Litigation (20%)

Personal Injury - Products (10%): Motor Vehicle Defects, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Defects, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2020

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About Donald Strickland

Admitted: 1984, North Carolina

Professional Webpage: https://www.nctrial.com/about-don-strickland/

Honors/Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • North Carolina Legal Elite in the Field of Litigation, Business North Carolina
  • Fellow, and past member of Board of Directors of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow of the International Society of Barristers
  • AV Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Board of Directors of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow of the International Society of Barristers
  • Fellow of The America Board Of Trial Advocates
  • North Carolina Law License, 1984
  •  The International Academy of Trial Lawyers - fellow and past member of Board of Directors
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina
  • Board of Governors, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 1997 - 2005
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina
  • North Carolina State Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Personal injury recovery on behalf of a child burned at restaurant by spilled hot chocolate. $200,000.00
  • Wrongful death recovery on behalf of the estate of a driver who drove his car into the back of a stopped flatbed trailer. $200,000.00 
  • Wrongful death recovery on behalf of the estate of a contract worker for a moving company. $375,000.00
  • Personal injury recovery for injuries suffered in a slip and fall at a restaurant. $236,000.00
  • Personal Injury recovery on behalf of a professional woman rear-ended at red light forcing her into tractor-trial ahead. $500,000.00
  • Personal injury recovery on behalf of a driver injured in a collision with tractor-trailer. $650,000.00
  • Medical malpractice wrongful death recovery on behalf of the estate of patient due to alleged failure to diagnose heart attack. $500,000.00
  • Personal injury recovery on behalf of 79-year-old in a premises liability case. $500,000.00
  • Personal injury recovery on behalf of man struck by a car in a cross walk. $500,000.00
  • Personal injury recovery in motor vehicle collision. $612,500.00
  • Personal injury recovery under Federal Tort Claims Act. $660,000.00
  • Medical malpractice wrongful death recovery on behalf of the estate of a 15 year-old male who died from a ruptured congenital diaphragmatic hernia due to an alleged delay in diagnosis. $700,000.00
  • Personal injury recovery in pedestrian case. $710,000.00
  • Personal injury recovery on behalf of a couple injured by an impaired driver. $1,025,000.00
  • Personal injury recovery in motor vehicle collision. $830,000.00
  • Personal injury recovery on behalf of student in motor vehicle collision. $835,000.00
  • Wrongful death recovery on behalf of the estate of a 70 year old food service worker. $1,000,000.00
  • Personal injury recovery in wrongful death case on behalf of the estate of a man who died after falling out of a delivery truck with a defective door. $1,025,000.00
  • Personal injury recovery on behalf of a cyclist struck in the bike lane by newspaper carrier causing multiple fractures. $1,150,000.00
  • Products liability personal injury recovery on behalf of a person who suffered quadriplegia in automobile rollover roof crush case. $1,900,000.00
  • Personal injury recovery on behalf of the estate of a wife and mother of two who was killed by rock from dump truck crashing through her windshield. $1,300,000.00
  • Federal Tort Claims Act recovery on behalf of a pedestrian who suffered a brain injured when struck by FBI van. $2,100,000.00
  • Personal injury recovery on behalf of a farmer struck by an electric company truck. $2,325,000.00
  • Wrongful Death/negligence recovery. $2,500,000.00
  • Personal injury recovery on behalf of a motorcyclist who suffered permanent injuries when a car pulled out in front of him. $2,600,000.00
  • Business tort recovery on behalf of a N.C. Honda dealer against American Honda Motor Co., Inc. for unfair and deceptive trade practices. $3,000,000.00
  • Personal injury recovery on behalf of a passenger who suffered quadriplegia in car crash due to defective seatbelt restraints. $2,800,000.00
  • Business tort recovery on behalf of a retailer against distributors and others alleging unfair and deceptive trade practices, fraud and violation of statutory regulation. $2,900,000.00
  • Largest fine in North Carolina history at the time – brought on behalf of N.C. Toyota dealers against automobile distributor alleging obstruction of justice. $3,000,000.00
  • Personal injury recovery on behalf of a UPS driver injured after being rear-ended by a furniture delivery truck. $3,850,000.00
  • Personal injury recovery on behalf of a worker who suffered a brain injury after falling from a ladder to a concrete floor. $3,500,000.00
  • Personal injury recovery on behalf of a mother and child injured in a motor vehicle collision. $3,500,000.00
  • Personal injury recovery on the sixth day of trial for a 67 year old woman injured in a wreck with a dump truck. $3,500,000.00
  • Personal injury recovery in motor vehicle collision. $4,000,000.00
  • Personal injury recovery on behalf of a graduate student who suffered a brain injury in a tractor-trailer collision. $4,400,000.00
  • Business tort recovery on behalf of a N.C. Toyota dealer against Southeast Toyota Distributors, Inc. for unfair automobile distribution practices. $5,900,000.00
  • Wrongful death recovery on behalf of the estate of a man killed by a delivery truck. $5,000,000.00
  • Business tort recovery on behalf of a N.C. Honda dealer against American Honda Motor Co., Inc. for unfair and deceptive trade practices. $5,000,000.00
  • Business tort recovery for compensatory and punitive damages against Snap-on Tools Corporation for fraud and unfair and deceptive trade practices. $5,300,000.00
  • Personal Injury recovery on behalf of a tractor trailer driver who was struck head-on by another tractor-trailer driver after a $6,000,000 trial verdict plus accumulated interest during Defendant’s unsuccessful appeal to the NC Court of Appeals and the denial of Defendant’s Petition For Discretionary Review by the NC Supreme Court. $7,871,000.00
  • Business tort recovery on behalf of a S.C. Toyota dealer against Southeast Toyota Distributors, Inc. for fraud and unfair and deceptive trade practices. $6,000,000.00
  • Wrongful DeathWrongful death recovery on behalf of the estate of a 35-year-old wife and mother who was struck by a dump truck. $10,000,000.00
  • Personal Injury. Personal injury recovery on behalf of a child struck by a garbage truck while walking to school. $9,500,000.00
  • Business tort recovery on behalf of 16 out of state Honda dealers for their share of a $330 million settlement with Honda in In re American Honda Motor Co., Inc. $78,000,000.00
  • Business tort recovery on behalf of a retailer against a distributor and others for alleged unfair and deceptive trade practices, fraud and violation of statutory regulations. $25,000,000.00

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  •  Best Lawyers' 2015 Raleigh Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs "Lawyer of the Year" , 2015
  • North Carolina Super Lawyer, 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America

Educational Background:

  • Duke University School of Law, 1984
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S. in Business Administration, 1978
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Office Location for Donald R. Strickland

2741 University Drive
Suite 200
Durham, NC 27707

Phone: 919.701.8132

Fax: 919-869-1725

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Last Updated: 8/29/2019

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