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Don S. McKinney

Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Team Leader

Don McKinney joined Adams and Reese’s New Orleans office in 2000, and currently leads the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device practice team. His litigation practice concentrates on the defense of cases involving professional liability, product liability, toxic exposure, and other general and commercial litigation. He has tried cases to verdict involving medical malpractice, legal malpractice, medical devices and pharmaceuticals, toxic exposure, breach of contract, employment discrimination, and auto accidents. Through successful motion practice, he has obtained dismissal before trial and favorable settlements in these kinds of cases, as well as in litigation involving ERISA benefits, Section 1983, constitutional law, housing discrimination, and attorney, medical, and nursing licensure.

Through peer recognition, Don was elected a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). In 2017, he was appointed President of the ABOTA Louisiana Chapter. Don is also a member of Ochsner Clinic Foundation’s Institutional Review Board and serves as an in-house counsel to the firm.

Other significant qualifications include:

  • Extensive and varied 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 learning more about ethics and professionalism issues. For many years, he has served on the board of a local organization that serves persons with disabilities.