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Don G. Rushing

Rushing, Don G.


San Diego, (858) 720-5145


U.S. Air Force Academy (B.S., 1970)
University of Southern California (M.B.A., 1973)
University of California, Los Angeles (J.D., 1978)

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Don Rushing is a trial lawyer and a recognized authority on bet-the-company litigation, representing companies in the aviation, consumer product, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries.

Trial Experience

A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and certified civil trial advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Don is a formidable advocate who enjoys a well-deserved reputation for successfully trying complex cases for his clients. He is ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA and Legal 500 US, among others. The Daily Journal recognized him as one of California’s “Top 100” leading lawyers; Best Lawyers named him “San Diego Product Liability Lawyer of the Year” and “San Diego Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year.”

Business Know-How

Don collaborates with clients in identifying business solutions to challenging legal problems. With an M.B.A. in business economics and finance, he understands the business realities that companies face and can meaningfully communicate litigation risks and alternatives to his clients. He crafts case strategies aligned with his clients’ goals that ultimately result in effective solutions to their complex business issues. For one aviation client, he successfully resolved 17 cases in 20 different jurisdictions, including four trial victories, all the while protecting the brand integrity of the client’s product.

Aviation/Military Experience

As an Air Force Academy graduate, pilot, and former Air Force Systems Command officer, Don brings a systematic, disciplined approach to his cases, and provides technically informed legal advice to his clients. Combining his technical and oral advocacy skills, Don can persuasively communicate scientific and medical defenses to juries and judges. He has served as national coordinating and trial counsel for companies in mass disaster, serial tort, and toxic tort matters that involved class action, multi-jurisdiction, and multi-district proceedings in more than 25 states.

More About Don

Don has a passion for mentoring and teaching jury trial advocacy to talented lawyers. He is a former co-chair of the firm’s global Litigation Department and its Product Liability Group.

In his spare time, Don enjoys running, swimming, weightlifting, golfing, and spending time with his family.

Gree Electric Appliances
Representing client in the recall of a consumer product due to fire and burn hazards in one of the largest product recalls in the United States in recent years, in proceedings in the CPSC regarding the recall, and in the defense of related commercial litigation with a former distributor.
Minera San Cristóbal Arbitration
Represented Sumitomo and Minera San Cristóbal S.A. in an International Chamber of Commerce arbitration conducted in Denver, Colorado, under New York law. The case involved a contract dispute between a mine owner and mine operator concerning mining operations at the world’s largest zinc, lead and silver mine, located in Bolivia.
In re Cessna 208 Series Aircraft Products Liability Litigation
Served as national coordinating and trial counsel for Cessna in multidistrict, multijurisdiction, serial litigation of wrongful death and personal injury claims in 20 different venues arising from accidents involving Caravan 208B aircraft. Secured complete defense victories on behalf of Cessna in Riverside, California in 2009 following a three-week jury trial; in Fort Worth, Texas in 2012 following a four-week jury trial; and in Omaha, Nebraska in 2014 following a three-and-a-half week jury trial.

“‘Class act’ Don Rushing represents clients in a range of issues involving aviation product liability claims. He is hailed as a ‘seasoned aviation litigator’ with a ‘personal understanding of how aviation works.’”
(Chambers USA 2014)

“‘Excellent trial lawyer.’”
(Legal 500 US 2014)

“The ‘articulate and thoughtful’ Don Rushing is a respected product liability and trial lawyer. He attracts praise from the market, with one source commenting on his ‘first-class papers and good oral advocacy’.”
(Chambers USA 2013)