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Donald Marcari

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

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.

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. 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

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


Honors & Awards

Professional Memberships

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.


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

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 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.

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