DONALD C. BROWNELL is a Shareholder with Vandeveer Garzia and focuses his practice on civil litigation defense matters involving Catastrophic First Party Automobile disputes, premises liability claims, product liability claims, and commercial disputes for a variety of national clients. Mr. Brownell has extensive trial experience in both state and federal court.
Mr. Brownell has tried numerous catastrophic injury matters, including product liability matters, construction matters and insurance coverage claims in state and federal court. Don has also appeared before the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.
Don graduated from Central Michigan University in 1990. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Material and Logistics Management. He graduated from The Detroit College of Law, cum laude, in May of 1993 and became a member of the Michigan Bar. During law school, he received an American Jurisprudence Award for excellence in the study of equity. He also received the William P. Finch Book Award for excellence in the study of both Advocacy I and Advocacy II.
Don currently represents several major insurance carriers in various aspects of coverage disputes, commercial litigation, and insurance defense matters in both State and Federal Court. He has also been involved in a number of major air crash cases, including the last major crash in Michigan, Comair Flight 3272. In addition to handling a litigation docket, Mr. Brownell serves as the President and co-Managing Shareholder of the firm.
Don is currently a member of the State Bar of Michigan, including the Litigation and Negligence Sections, the Defense Research Institute, the American Bar Association, the Oakland County Bar Association, the Michigan Defense Trial Council, and serves as a Case Evaluator in Wayne County. Don also routinely conducts seminars for various national insurance carriers and is a contributor to the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Michigan.