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Donald D. Hiney

Attorney at Law

Don Hiney has been practicing law in San Diego County for over 40 years. He graduated Cum Laude from San Diego State University with a B.A. in sociology and received his Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law in 1979. Don began his practice as a general practitioner successfully litigating all types of cases including personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, nursing home and elder abuse, criminal defense, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, and contract litigation (especially in the matters concerning real estate).

Over the years, Don has had much trial experience doing what most attorneys never do - taking his cases to trial whenever it is necessary. While many attorneys find trial work intimidating and avoid it at all costs, even to the detriment of the client's case, Don enjoys the challenge.

"I'm prepared to help you settle your case or take it to trial if necessary."

His professional ambitions are guided by a genuine desire to see his clients compensated for injustices they have wrongly suffered. Don is willing to see each case through to righteous closure—even if it means fighting for justice in appellate or higher-level courts.

During his decades of practice law, Don has represented thousands of injured persons, and, while doing so, has earned the respect of his clients, fellow members of the legal community, and judges who all agree he has maintained the highest level of legal ability and ethics. Don has earned the distinction of "Preeminent" from his peers in the practice of law.

Don is available to meet in North County, CA, and Downtown San Diego.

ABOTA Membership

He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), whose main purpose is to foster improvement in the ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy to the end that individual litigants may receive more effective representation. Only 1% of the attorneys in the United States are members of this organization. An attorney must be nominated to membership by an attorney member and pass a rigorous character screening. The proposed member must have a minimum of 20 superior court trials, and the nominating committee takes the time to research his or her credentials including ethical and moral conduct and standing with the state bar, etc. Only after careful investigation does ABOTA make the offer of membership. ABOTA also affords its members the opportunity to meet and get to know attorneys who are experts in all fields of litigation. This enables Don to refer clients who have a case out of his fields of expertise to an attorney who can competently represent them.

Bar Admissions

  • California

  • Supreme Court of California, 1981

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1999

  • All Federal and State District and Appellate Courts in California


  • J.D. - California Western School of Law, 1979

  • B.A. - San Diego State University, 1975

    • Cum laude

Professional Associations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 2005

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