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Donald Segal

Of Counsel | dsegal@smsm.com
Of Counsel | Chicago, IL
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Donald Segal uses a proverb to explain his approach to mentoring young attorneys and encouraging them to work out solutions to complex challenges: "If you give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he'll eat for a lifetime." Over the past 50 years, Mr. Segal has used his extensive experience, knowledge, and thoughtful leadership to shape the careers of countless attorneys. The firm's co-founders still turn to Don for his insight on complex matters.

A respected trial attorney, Mr. Segal tried some of the earliest product liability and medical malpractice cases in Cook County, IL. In the late 1970s, as counsel for a Japanese auto manufacturer new to the American market, Mr. Segal developed particular knowledge of Japanese and other Asian products. He is also recognized for his work defending manufacturers of printing presses, graphic arts products, and power tools. Outside of his extensive trial experience, Mr. Segal has been an arbitrator for 30 years for the American Arbitration Association and is a certified mediator.

Mr. Segal has a long history of giving back to the community. In 1975, he joined the newly formed American Brain Tumor Association, the first national nonprofit organization dedicated solely to brain tumors, and served as President and on its Board of Directors. He also cofounded and serves on the Board of Directors for the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States, a not-for-profit corporation which gathers and disseminates epidemiologic data on brain tumors. Mr. Segal is heavily involved in continuing legal education and pro bono programs at Segal McCambridge and oversees the firm's participation in the Chicago Municipal Court Pro Bono Program.

As head of the litigation practice at Epton, Mullin, Segal & Druth in the 1960s, Mr. Segal began to work closely with attorneys William Mahoney, Jeffrey Singer, and Edward McCambridge. In 1986, the four attorneys started Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd., a firm focused solely on litigation. Under Mr. Segal's guidance, Segal McCambridge has grown from a four-lawyer firm in Chicago to more than 150 attorneys and additional offices in Austin, Detroit, Jersey City, New York, Philadelphia, and St. Louis.

Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent­® Peer Review Rated
  • Recognized as a 2014 Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Named a "Distinguished Counselor" by the Illinois State Bar Association, in recognition of 50 years of service and contributions to the legal profession
  • Recognized as an Illinois Leading Lawyer (a designation limited to less than 5% of all lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois), nominated and selected by peers in the legal community
  • Selected for inclusion in the Illinois Super Lawyers list (no more than 5% of lawyers in the state are selected), nominated and selected by peers in the legal community (2005-2011)

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • American Brain Tumor Association, Board of Directors and Past President
  • Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States, Founder, Board of Directors and Treasurer
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Chicago Council of Lawyers
  • Decalogue Society of Lawyers
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Representative Matters

  • Obtained successful ruling on Daubert motion and summary judgment on behalf of printing press manufacturer (August 2007).
  • Two defense jury verdicts within one month in Cook County Illinois in product liability cases against power tool manufacturers.  Both cases involved serious injuries to users of power tools.

Published Appellate Opinions

Horace Mann Insurance Company v. Williams (Ill Appellate Court 2002).

Education

University of Wisconsin, B.S., 1960

University of Chicago, J.D., 1963

Admissions

  • Illinois, 1963
  • U.S. Court of Claims
  • U.S. Court of Military Justice
  • U.S. District Court, Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court, Illinois