Woody, Donald E.
Current Employment Position(s)
Don Woody has been a life-long resident of Springfield. He graduated with honors from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1970. In 1973 he received his juris doctor degree from the University of Missouri School of Law where he graduated in the top 10% of his class, was the Note and Comment Editor on Law Review, and a member of the Order of the Coif. He has practiced law in Springfield since that time. Don has authored and lectured on numerous trial practice topics for state and local trial lawyer organizations, including authoring the chapter on "Closing Arguments" in the Missouri Products Liability Handbook. He is the author of Personal Injury Trial Notebook, a 694-page practical trial manual that provides detailed information, examples, and forms on trying personal injury cases from developing initial trial strategy to filing and arguing all post-trial motions. The manual is written for both the plaintiff and defendant litigator. It is published and currently being nationally marketed by James Publishing Company.
Don has been a trial lawyer his entire career representing both claimants and defendants. He handles cases in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, and business litigation. He has won/settled several million-dollar cases in those areas of expertise and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Don received his A-V (highest available) attorney rating from Martindale-Hubbell in 1992, and has been recognized as a Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyer since 2008.
Don is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, United States District Court, Western District of Missouri, and all courts in the state of Missouri.
Don has been married to Ann since 1971 and has two children: Marshall and Cate. He is an Eagle Scout and former scoutmaster. When not advocating for his clients, Don enjoys running, biking, golfing, and float fishing all the streams in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas.
Areas of Practice
- Plaintiff and Defense
- Personal Injury Law
- Products Liability Law
- Medical Malpractice
- Hospital Law
- Business Litigation
West Practice Categories
Hospital Law, Litigation & Appeals, Personal Injury -- Defense, Personal Injury -- Plaintiff, Products Liability Law, Medical Malpractice, Workers' Compensation Law
- Missouri, 1973
- U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1989
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1987
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (Member)
- American Bar Association (Member)
- Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association (Member and Past President)
- Ozark Trails Council - Boy Scouts of America, 1993 (Administrative Vice President and Board Member)
- University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri
- University of Missouri
Honors: With Honors
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