Don McKinney was admitted to practice law in 1995 in Arkansas where he practiced with some of that state's best civil litigators. In 2001, he joined the Adams and Reese New Orleans office, where his litigation practice concentrates on the defense of cases involving professional liability, product liability, toxic exposure, and other general and commercial litigation.
Don is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He also has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Louisiana Super Lawyers. He heads Adams and Reese's pharmaceutical and medical device practice team, is a member of Ochsner Clinic Foundation’s Institutional Review Board, and has served as a hearing committee member for the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board. He currently serves as an in-house counsel to the firm and was a member of the firm's Ethics Committee.
Other significant qualifications include:
- Extensive jury trial experience in the federal and state courts of Louisiana and Arkansas.
- Regional expert development in national pharmaceutical litigation.
- Successful management of large volume medical malpractice defense practice.
- Teaching medical ethics to medical students for more than 15 years, and speaking frequently to lawyers, physicians and nurses on ethics, professionalism and liability issues.
Don received his B.A. degree in Religion and Philosophy with distinction from Hendrix College in Arkansas, and completed M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Ethics at Vanderbilt University. He received his J.D. degree with honors from the William Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Frequently, he is asked to speak to lawyers, physicians, medical students, and nurses on ethics, professionalism, and liability issues.
In his free time, Don enjoys tennis, basketball and watching his son pitch in baseball games. He also enjoys reading, discussing and learning more about ethics and professionalism issues, and serves on the board of a local organization that serves persons with disabilities.