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Donald Marcari

Senior Managing Partner

About Don

About Don

Don first gained national attention when his exploits as a young defense attorney with the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps became the basis for the motion picture “A Few Good Men.”

Don has been fighting for seriously injured people throughout North Carolina since 1985, and Virginia since 1988, concentrating on plaintiff personal injury law and civil litigation. In addition, Don handles veteran benefits claims and continues to defend select members of our military service in courts martial and administrative proceedings.

Don is a highly recognized attorney who has tried more than 200 jury trials, including cases against Ford, Firestone, American Honda, Home Depot and several national trucking companies. He represented clients whose cases became the foundation for a movie, The Paula Coughlin Story, and a book, The Story of the U.S. Navys Tailhook Scandal.


Admitted to Practice

Admitted to Practice

Admitted pro hac vice in several states and federal courts throughout the United States.


Education

Education


Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards



"People ask why I like being a lawyer. I get the opportunity to help somebody every day. What could be better than that?" — Don Marcari
"People ask why I like being a lawyer. I get the opportunity to help somebody every day. What could be better than that?" — Don Marcari


Notable Cases

Notable Cases

Tried and counseled cases that became the basis for the movies, "A Few Good Men," "The Paula Coughlin Story" and book entitled "The Mother of All Hooks-The story of the US Navy’s Tailhook Scandal." Represented a Capital Murder Client involved in an internet/cell phone scam which received nationwide publicity. Retained as an Expert to testify to the "Standard of Care" in legal malpractice cases and appeared on television shows including Unsolved Mysteries, A Current Affair and The Montel Williams Show.


Teaching

Teaching


Community Service

Community Service

  • Lynnhaven Middle School Football Coach
  • Princess Anne High School Moot Court Team Advisor and Coach
  • Great Neck Athletic Association (GNNA): Board of Directors Vice President, Football Commissioner, Girls Basketball Commissioner and Football, Basketball, Baseball and Soccer Coach
  • Carolina Academy High School Football Coach
  • Volunteer Hampton Roads Co-Chairman
  • Artistic American Veterans Board of Directors
  • Carolina Environmental Development Construction Education Foundation Board of Directors
  • Lake City’s News & Post Editorialist

Awards

  • A Few Good Men

    One of Don Marcari’s trials became the basis of the major motion picture, A Few Good Men.

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  • Conduct Unbecoming

    A military courtroom drama written by Don Marcari.

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  • Injured In An Accident?

    Ten of America's leading personal injury attorneys share their wisdom.

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