Donald R. Morin

Donald R. Morin

Donald R. Morin
Morin & Barkley LLP
455 Second Street, S.E., Suite 200
Post Office Box 240
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
P 434.293.1203
F 434.293.2135


Representative Experience

Mr. Morin focuses his practice on medical malpractice defense, health professional representation and counseling, other professional liability defense, personal injury defense including claims of catastrophic injury, commercial litigation, and significant plaintiffs’ personal injury claims. He also works with insurance clients and commercial clients on risk management issues.

Mr. Morin has an active trial practice in Virginia extending from Charlottesville and Richmond through Central Virginia and into the Shenandoah Valley. He appears in both state and federal courts throughout Virginia.

In 2007, Mr. Morin was elected to membership in The American College of Trial Lawyers. Membership in ACTL is limited to those lawyers who are outstanding and considered the best in their state. In 2012, he was selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Morin has also mediated cases when his clients choose mediation as an alternative to trial. He has successfully mediated medical malpractice cases, significant personal injury cases, real estate transaction litigation and land use disputes between neighbors. In addition to serving as the attorney for his clients in mediations, he is also trained as a mediator and available to serve as a mediator in complex and multi-party civil litigation matters.

Practice Focus


  • St. Louis University School of Law, St. Louis,
    Missouri, J.D., 1978
  • Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri,
    B.A., 1974

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1991
  • Illinois, 1979
  • Missouri, 1978

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Certified Court-Referred Mediator, The Supreme Court of Virginia
  • Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association, President 2007–2008
  • Thomas Jefferson Inn of Court, Charlottesville, Virginia, President 2011-2012
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • The Defense Research Institute
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rating
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, Medical Malpractice, 2008-2016
  • Best Lawyers in America 2012
  • Ronald D. Hodges, Esquire, Law and Medical Award, 2009
  • City of Charlottesville Rotary Club, 1994-Present, President 2003-2004
  • Lon O. Hocker Trial Lawyer Award, 1989 from Missouri Bar Foundation

Publications and Presentations

  • “Trends and Updates in Medical Malpractice,” Summit Health Care, Richmond, Virginia, October 27, 2011.
  • “Vicious or Merely Dangerous? Preparing and Trying the Dog Bite Case,” Virginia CLE, Charlottesville, Virginia, June 7, 2011.
  • “Recommendation from Mediators for a Successful Mediation,” Panel Moderator, VADA Conference, The Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia, October 15, 2010.
  • “Risk Management and Liability in Anesthesia Practice,” presented as a panel discussion to the Virginia Society of Anesthesiologist, Roanoke, Virginia, April 24, 2010.
  • “Mental Health Issues, The Trial Court and the Trial Lawyer,” presented to Thomas Jefferson Inn of Court, Charlottesville, Virginia, October 12, 2009.
  • “Hospital Disclosure Policies and the Virginia ‘I’m Sorry’ Statute,” presented to physicians of Martha Jefferson Hospital, September 16, 2009, Charlottesville, Virginia (accredited for CME).
  • “Documentation with Electronic Medical Records,” presented to the Virginia Women’s Center, October 16, 2008, Richmond, Virginia.
  • “Preventing and Defending Medical Malpractice Claims,” presented to Commonwealth Anesthesia Associates, January 12, 2008, Richmond, Virginia (accredited for CME by the School of Medicine, Office of Continuing Medical Education, University of Virginia Health System).
  • “Lessons Learned: Informed Consent,” presented to the Virginia Women’s Center, May 17, 2007, Richmond, Virginia.
  • “Smooth Sailing: Navigating the Rough Waters of Modern Day Practice,” presented to Anesthesia Management Services Organization, January 13, 2007 in Richmond, Virginia in association with Bruce D. Gehle, Esquire of Morin & Barkley, LLP.