Don Strickland

Durham Personal Injury Lawyer
Don Strickland

Since joining Twiggs Strickland & Rabenau in 1984, Don has successfully represented clients in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases in the state and federal courts of North Carolina and has obtained several multi-million dollar verdicts. Don has also successfully litigated business tort cases in the state and federal courts in North Carolina and South Carolina, federal courts in Florida and Maryland, and state court in Arizona.

Don obtained substantial verdicts and settlements against corporate defendants including Honda, Southeastern Toyota, Snap-on Tools Corporation, South Carolina National Bank, and Champion Products, Inc. Don, along with former "of counsel" attorney at that time Don Beskind, obtained the largest federal tort claim verdict in North Carolina against the United States government. Don has served on the Plaintiffs' Executive Committees in federal multi-district litigation, representing both individual and class action plaintiffs in business tort cases. Don had been a frequent speaker and writer for continuing legal education seminars in the area of litigation.

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Special Recognition

Don Strickland was selected Best Lawyers' 2015 Raleigh Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs "Lawyer of the Year" and was also the 2015 “gold winner” in Durham Magazine’s Best Lawyer category which is based on write in votes by its readers. Don has been selected to Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite in the field of litigation on multiple occasions, most recently in 2015. Don has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for the past 16 years and has earned a 5.0 AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell® - its highest rating for lawyers in legal ability and ethical standards. Don was also named a North Carolina Super Lawyer in 2015 for the ninth year in a row, an honor limited to 5% of practicing attorneys in the State. Don serves on the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only organization that limits its membership in the United States to 500 active trial lawyers under the age of 70 and has fellows in more than 30 countries. Don is also a fellow of the International Society of Barristers, and the American Board of Trial Advocacy, two other prominent invitation-only legal organizations. Don has also served on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S. in Business Administration, 1978
  • Duke University School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1984

Areas of Practice

  • Serious Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Business Torts
  • Professional Negligence
  • Premises Liability


  • North Carolina 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Professional Memberships

  • Durham County Bar Association
  • North Carolina State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
    • Leaders Forum
    • President's Club
    • Board of Governors, 1997-2005
    • Benefactor
    • Board of Editors, Trials Briefs, 1986-1999
  • American Association for Justice
    • Leaders Forum
    • President's Club
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • International Society of Barristers
  • American Board of Trial Advocacy

Put this high-standard of representation to work in your case. Contact Twiggs, Strickland & Rabenau at (919) 701-8132 for a initial consultation.