My years of military experience and the suffering I have seen have sharpened my resolve to champion injured veterans' interests and obtain for them the benefits they so greatly need and deserve. I am absolutely invested in zealous advocacy for my clients, many of whom are in dire circumstances.
— Don Marcari
Donald Marcari began his legal career as a U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General trial team attorney. As a young JAG attorney he represented a U.S. Marine stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which became the basis for the movie "A Few Good Men." The story exemplifies the lengths to which Don will go to protect his clients' rights and obtain the justice they deserve.
Don is a long-time fighter for injured veterans and their families, helping to ensure they receive the benefits they have a legal right to. Additionally, he continues to defend select members of our military service in courts-martial and administrative proceedings.
Since 1985, he has been helping injured people throughout North Carolina and Virginia, concentrating on plaintiff personal injury law and civil litigation. Don is a highly recognized attorney who has tried more than 200 jury trials. He represented clients whose cases became the foundation for the movie "The Paula Coughlin Story" and the book "The Story of the U.S. Navy's Tailhook Scandal."
Admitted to Practice
- North Carolina, 1985
- Virginia, 1988
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1986
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1988
- Supreme Court of Virginia, 1988
- U.S. Court of Appeals, for the Forth Circuit, 1988
- U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), 2012
Admitted pro hac vice in several states and federal courts throughout the United States
- Campbell University School of Law, 1985. Juris Doctor
- Appalachian State University, 1980. Master of Arts, Public Administration
- Appalachian State University, 1979. Bachelor of Science, Political Science and Minor in Business Administration
Honors & Awards
- Virginia Super Lawyer
- North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leader in Law
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ), Order of Service Award
- Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Virginia by the National Trial Lawyers Association (NTLA)
- Top 100 Litigation Lawyer in Virginia and North Carolina by the American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA)
- AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review
- Virginia and North Carolina’s Top Rated AV Preeminent Rating Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
- Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell
- Client Distinction Award from Martindale-Hubbell
- Navy Achievement Award, U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corp
- North Carolina State Bar Association
- Virginia State Bar Association
- Virginia Beach Bar Association: General District Court Liaison Committee
- Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ): Education Committee
- Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA): Board of Governors, Chairman; Committee on Professionalism and Ethics, Governmental Key Contacts Committee and Vice Chairman of the Litigation Support Committee
- Brain Injury Association of Virginia
- Brain Injury Association of North Carolina
- Fellowship of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA)
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, member National Advisory Board
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.
- Regent University School of Law (2014 Fall Semester), Products Liability Adjunct Professor
- Georgetown University, Introduction of Law Guest Lecturer
- Florence Darlington Community College, Political Science and Local Government Adjunct Professor
- First Colonial High School, Teacher, Advisor and Coach for the Legal Studies Academy
- 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
Let us stand up for you — contact VA benefits lawyer Don Marcari
If you encounter an uphill battle with the VA to obtain benefits that are rightfully yours, contact Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban, P.C. Someone is always available to talk to you, even if you cannot come to our offices.
There are no upfront charges. You pay no fees unless we win your claim for benefits.
Because there is no requirement that your attorney live in your region or even in your state, you can leverage our knowledge and experience regardless of where you live or where your VA benefits claim is filed.