Meet Don Corson
Don Corson represents people seriously injured or killed by defective products, industrial accidents, hospital system failures, serious vehicle and truck crashes, and other catastrophic incidents.
Don has the highest professional ratings for legal ability and ethics. He has been recognized in Oregon as the Distinguished Trial Lawyer of the year. Don is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in multiple categories for representing individuals, and is consistently listed as a Super Lawyer.
Don completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Oregon in 1976, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to graduate first in his law school class from the University of Oregon in 1985 and was Editor-In-Chief of the Oregon Law Review.
Memberships & Honors
Don’s professional memberships include:
- Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
- American Association for Justice (AAJ)
- American Board of Trial Advocates
- Former President, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA)
- 2020 Distinguished Trial Lawyer of the Year (OTLA)
- National Crime Victims Bar Association
- Oregon State Bar
- Admitted to practice in all Oregon state and federal courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Former Chair of the Council on Court Procedures, Oregon’s rule-making body for laws relating to civil procedure
- LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell“AV Preeminent” (highest rating)
- The Best Law Firms in America
- 2003 – Present The Best Lawyers in America in the categories of: Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, and Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs
- Super Lawyers, 2006 – Present
- 2021 John E. Jaqua Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Oregon Law School
Don lives in Eugene, Oregon with his wife and law partner Lara Johnson, and their two children. Don enjoys outdoor activities and photography.
Refer to the Cases That Bring Change page for more in-depth stories of real people Don has helped while also changing the law to improve the lives of others.
They handled my moms case. Truly the most supportive, informative, caring legal team ever!!! It’s been almost a decade since they represented my mom, and I still talk about them frequently on the amount of care and work they put in. Don Corson is an amazing lawyer, I don’t think there could be anyone better. Thank you so much Corson & Johnson for taking such good care of my mom and always being in our corner ❤️
Life is unexpected. Hopefully you never find yourself in a situation that requires legal assistance. Chances are though, if you’re reading this, then you, or someone you know might be seeking legal counsel. If you’ve been searching, stop here and call The Corson and Johnson Law Firm. I consider calling them after my auto accident one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. There’s a lot going on after an accident aside from dealing with the injury itself.
Don and the team were there every step of the way. They not only provided clarity on the process but also acted with empathy and understanding creating a system of support. Don and Beatrice explored all angles of my situation for the best possible outcome. They did an unbelievable job with communication and keeping me updated. Throughout, I always felt secure the case was being handled. This allowed me the necessary time to focus on my recovery. I have no doubt that these guys are the best at what they do. I consider Don, Beatrice, Stacy and Wendy to be like family and cannot express how strongly I recommend them.
Two Grateful and Admiring Clients
Don Corson took care of everything after we had a head-on collision with a 3/4 ton pickup. Everyone driving near the junction of the McKenzie Hwy and Santiam Hwy in the Cascade mountains saw our crumpled sedan and were amazed that anyone was left alive.
In July 2009 I was one year into retirement but suddenly found myself in Bend, Oregon hospital for 5 days. My husband would be in and out of the ICU for the next two months before he was transported by ambulance to a Eugene care center for weeks of convalescence; it would be the most bleak Thanksgiving we ever experienced.
During that tragic half year of our lives Don and his team took care of everything: I never looked at a medical bill; I was never put on hold to listen to music; I didn’t have to beg with my insurance agent for a loaner car big enough to feel safe driving again; I didn’t talk to salvage dealers or insurance adjusters; and I did not have to negotiate the two individual settlements that held the other driver accountable for his negligence, he walked away from the accident unhurt.
When it comes to knowing the law and how to most effectively apply it for his client’s benefit, we think he nears genius.
During those tragic months of 2009 and the years that have followed, I have come to understand what an incredible human being Don is. He IS a great guy. His sensitivity and compassion as well as his generosity with his time is amazing. Even now, ten years later, he takes time for my calls and makes time to lunch with my husband.
Don’s professionalism and his personal interest in his clients was so evident to us in our time of tragedy and recovery; Don took care of everything.
For those of you who don’t want to read the whole review – Corson & Johnson is the best. Don’t bother looking up any other law firms. My husband and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the Corson & Johnson Law Firm to anyone needing legal counsel.
As a result of being hit by a car, I now have a debilitating brain injury, and life may never be the same.
We were referred to Don Corson by a trusted family friend. From our initial meeting, my husband and I were impressed at how sincere, kind and patient Don and his staff were.
Don Corson is genuine, caring, and brilliant. Our case was tricky at best, and he never faltered. Don’t let his super pleasant personality fool you. When needed, Don is a bulldog. He didn’t stop working tirelessly until we received our settlement, which will now provide the long term medical care that I need as well as the day to day care for our children and home that I can no longer do.
He and his staff encouraged us and walked us through every step of the way. They explained the process so that we could easily understand everything that was going on.
Although we mainly dealt with Don, Lara Johnson is excellent also. She is incredibly insightful and bright.
Don Corson and his staff make a positive difference in the world with the work they do. We truly value his help, friendship and counsel.
“From Canada, I had the unfortunate circumstance of being rear ended on the I-5 while touring Universities for my son. Not knowing anything about law in the USA my husband was trying to research lawyers in Oregon. We ended up contacting Don Corson and I knew from our first conversation that he had a genuine concern and compassion for my well being and that I was going to be in good hands. Through our case, Don was always there to answer any questions I had day or night, I never had to wait to hear back from him. Don was honest and forthcoming and kept us updated as our case progressed. I cannot thank Don and his team enough for all they did for me, he made me feel like family, and I would highly recommend him and his team, I was extremely fortunate to have him in my corner. ” Roxanne Howse from Okotoks, Alberta, Canada
“Thank you so much to Don Corson and his team Stacey, and Wendy! I can’t say enough good things about the law firm and couldn’t hope for a better experience (other than not being hit by a truck!)I was injured in a car accident, discharged with a number of injuries, but then, I had no idea what to do! I didn’t even know to call a lawyer for days, I was so confused at the time. I had memory, speaking, vision, and balance problems as well as impaired decision-making. In addition, I didn’t know the first thing about my own injuries: if rehabilitation was available or effective, how I could pay for any of it, what the legal process was, and, my biggest fear, “would I ever be the same person again?”But from the moment that I spoke with Don and his team, I felt a massive weight lifted off of me and knew I that I was in good hands. They are professional, courteous, respectful, genuinely kind people, and they really cared. All of my questions were answered. Don was diligent about my case and kept me up to date regularly, but my injuries, my recovery, and my physical and emotional health (it takes a toll!) were always as important to Don as was financial compensation. Don is extremely knowledgeable about traumatic brain injury. He also knows what the permanent, and/or long-term effects may be. Such honesty, & empathy are vital for such a personal injury (especially one that other people cannot see.) Don and his team called to make sure I was doing well in-between visits. His expertise allowed me to get the care I needed for each and every problem and while I still have residual effects I’m still working on–the difference between then and now is night and day. Until now, I did not know that one’s choice of a lawyer could affect the quality of one’s life both today and in the future but that was the case! The Corson & Johns Law Firm helped me through a difficult, painful process with professionalism and great compassion and for that, I will be forever grateful.”
Mr. Corson is extremely intelligent, well-versed in his area of expertise, down to earth and ethical. Mr. Corson and I practice in different areas of the law; however, I have referred clients to Mr. Corson when he needed his expertise. Mr. Corson has decades of experience in his area of expertise, and is recognized in the legal community for possessing a comprehensive understanding of his area of law. He is a consummate professional. His reputation in the community is outstanding. Anyone looking for an attorney for Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Medical Malpractice, or Products Liability, could not do better than retaining Don Corson.
“I never had a need for legal counsel before becoming the victim of a catastrophic accident. Through the recommendation of a friend, I met Don Corson and from the beginning of our relationship I found relief knowing that the circumstances of my situation would be represented with care and compassion. We first met in a hospital room where he listened to my story and prescribed a course of action that helped me navigate many unknowns. I relied on his insight and judgment, along with the professionalism of the entire Corson and Johnson staff. I’m comforted by all Don has done for me. I’ll always appreciate his friendship.”
The Corson and Johnson Law Firm is amazing, My entire time working with them felt like I was with family the whole time and they brought me in with open arms! I still talk to some of the staff. They work hard and fight for you whole heartedly! Let’s just say they do their job very well! My car accident was in 2010 and I was only 16 years old and without their help I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today, I couldn’t thank them enough for everything they did for me through the hardest time of my life. I definitely recommend Corson and Johnson Law Firm!
“Don Corson was kind and professional. He and the office team were all supportive and worked to make my experience as easy and painless as possible. I had zero legal knowledge and had no clue how things worked. Don help me navigate the complexities of the legal system and even went out of his way to help with a college project. Would highly recommend!”
“On August 10th, 2003, just four days after my 28th birthday, my life was permanently altered by a reckless and violent, drug-induced, drunk driver who crashed head-on and into my car. Everyone in the vehicle was injured, with my injuries being the most severe. I suffered a complete spinal cord injury, which changed everything in my life in an instant.
Nearly 17 years later, I remain paralyzed from the chest down, and on that day, I not only lost my ability to walk but my ability to do the field engineer work I once loved so much. In these unpredictable and devastating moments in life, it is essential to surround yourself with people you can trust. My physical rehabilitation was a long road, and as if that wasn’t hard enough, I also had to figure out how I was going to support myself financially.
As someone who worked in a physically demanding job, with a lot of international travel, I had no idea how to move forward with my life or what I would be capable of achieving in the future. I can honestly say, I feel so fortunate to have had the legal guidance of Don Carson. Don not only professionally represented me, but he was relentless in settling an agreement that would help assist me financially. He put his heart and soul into helping me achieve the best outcome and, in many ways, offered tremendous emotional support that went way beyond his call to a legal duty.
My reliance upon him, both professionally and emotionally, should not be understated. With his expertise, I was able to receive a financial settlement for my lifelong medical bills as well as a path forward to make a living and successfully support myself. Don is not only a brilliant lawyer; he is honest and trustworthy and committed to doing the best for his clients, even in the most challenging circumstances. With Don at the helm, you will not only have the most capable legal guidance but someone who cares about your overall well-being. I give him my highest recommendation.”
“When our grandson was badly injured in an ATV accident, sustaining life-long injuries, we went in search of a skilled and ethical attorney to help achieve reasonable financial aid for our grandson’s future, which had been greatly altered. We were referred to Corson & Johnson Law Firm. We first met Don Corson when he came to our home to meet with us and to discover more about our situation. He immediately made us comfortable with his friendly but professional demeanor.
And I couldn’t have been more impressed with his depth of legal knowledge. But more than that, it was clear he cared about our grandson’s well-being. In the many months that followed it became obvious to us that we had the best attorney in the state of Oregon working alongside us. Don was always a professional, but he was more than just an attorney to us. He became a friend. As it turned out, Don Corson did a fabulous job and our grandson will be well taken care of throughout his life. Along with a sense of assurance about our grandson’s future well-being, we also have a life-long friend.
There are no sufficient words to thank Don Corson and his staff for all they did for us and our grandson. We have no hesitation in recommending his services to others. You won’t be sorry.”
“After my husband, Lee, was inadvertently overdosed during a routine heart surgery the hospital refused to take any responsibility for the injury they helped to cause. He went from being a strong, intelligent, totally independent man to being completely disabled. He suffered a global anoxic brain injury leaving him physically and mentally handicapped. The hospital said they felt bad for him and the family but his injury was not caused by the 18 times too much Amiodorone he was administered. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the entire team at Corson & Johnson Law Firm a jury found the anesthesiologist that administered the drug, the group that employed him and the hospital to be responsible and awarded my husband a significant settlement. I wish I could put into words how much the caring and compassion of Don meant to our entire family. He took charge and walked us through the entire process. He was, and still is, a highly valued family friend!”
“I was injured several years ago in a mill accident near Grants Pass. Unfortunately, the doctors who treated me after the accident made several mistakes, leaving me partially paralyzed for the rest of my life. Don Corson took my case to trial and the jury awarded me the largest medial negligence or personal injury verdict in the county’s history. In representing me, Don was honest about the strengths and weakness of my case and thorough in his preparation for it. At the trial, he was well-prepared and quick on his feet. I was very impressed with him, as were the numerous court employees who came in to watch him in trial. I would absolutely recommend him to my friends and family.”
“I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to both Don Corson and Lara Johnson. I greatly appreciate the respect and care afforded me following a serious auto accident in July 2007. From the very beginning, I was impressed with the firm’s personal attention and commitment to integrity. Don drove all the way to Portland to meet with me – on a Saturday no less. I was immediately taken with his depth of care, knowledge, and practical advice. I soon met and continued to work with Lara Johnson. Lara combined her keen mind and expertise with affirming conversation, guidance, and personal compassion. She is quick, smart, and responsive; she handled my case with the utmost integrity and grace. Lara has the ability to cut through the red tape often encountered, and was appreciatively frank and proactive. Lara has my highest recommendation not only because she is so good at what she does in her work, but because she adds a very human touch to what can be complex and frustrating matters. My experience with Lara and Don was especially meaningful for me because it is not often in a business relationship that one feels truly cared about on a personal level. The world needs more attorneys like Lara and Don – they embody everything the legal profession strives to be.”
Don Corson is an outstanding advocate. He is one of the most skilled attorneys you can find.
“Don Corson and his team of incredible people (Wendy and Stacy particularly) worked so hard over the last two years on my case. Their detail orientated and careful attention to all documentation made my case much stronger ! Don was a God Sent! He really was more than an attorney, more like a close caring friend and for that I am so grateful. My particular case involved a drunk driver and I wasn’t sure how things would fair just as I read so many statistics about Oregon being the lowest pay out state for car accidents etc. Don made sure my case was paid special attention to and delivered a fantastic review of what occurred during my accident and after. I’m so happy Don was my attorney and highly recommend anyone in the Eugene area seeking a GRADE A strong attorney and staff to look no further than Corson and Johnson law firm !! “
“Prior to my son’s accident we had never had to deal with any legal issues and knew very little about how to obtain a lawyer or what the legal process would look like. Thankfully we were referred to The Corson & Johnson Law Firm. Don is great at explaining the processes and next steps in great detail. Not to mention his patience and willingness to answer my questions and explain the process and procedures over and over again over the years.”
“Don represented me on a premises liability claim, and later, on a motorcycle collision case. We developed a relationship that was not only businesslike, but also truly friendly. He instilled in me confidence in his ability, and I never questioned his judgment. Don was honest and straightforward in his recommendations. Even though I was uncomfortable wit the judicial system, he made me feel confident, and comfortable enough to respond to the litigation issues as they arose. I never had a better experience working with someone as I had working with Don and his staff.”
“Not very many people can say that they love their lawyer, but I can! I am very thankful I found Don, and that he took my case. Don is a remarkably cheerful, positive, warm person, whose optimism buoyed my spirits during tough times. I really felt Don was in my corner fighting for me; and that although he was kind to me personally, I discovered that he is a very smart and strong opponent legally. Don is a remarkable combination of integrity, strength and smart with a compassionate heart. I could not have been more fortunate to have found Don; he earned my trust, respect, and appreciation. I wholeheartedly recommend Don Corson and his staff to you as an advocate.”
“I was referred to Don after I was injured in an accident. Don explained his process and made me feel like I knew what to expect. I was treated like a friend by his entire team and would definitely recommend them to anyone who needs a great injury attorney.”
“I have referred my injured clients to Don Corson for over 25 years. He and his colleagues analyze each case thoroughly and go the distance to trial if settlement is on the table. My clients have all thanked me for the personal injury referrals to Don. Everyone is treated seriously and with respect.”
“Mr. Corson gave me great advice. We do not live in the same area, but he contacted me and explained my best options. I am grateful for his opinion and time.”
“We hired Don in 2002 as my husband’s car was hit by a semi truck on I-5. He was left permanently blind by the accident. Don was highly recommended to us from another attorney. We were so glad he took our case. He was very upfront, honest, fair and thorough. He did extra research and got assistance from others to help our case. He treated us, and still does treat us, like a friend. He was not a high pressure attorney, like a lot of others who tried contacting us after the wreck. He was there for us.”
“I was extremely pleased with the work they did for me with my personal injury suit. The results were better than expected. I was always kept “in the loop.” If you need a compassionate, hard working law firm to help you with your legal needs, look no further.”
“Others refused my difficult case with its aggressive opposition, but Don Corson took the case because, he said simply, ‘It is right.’ Rarely does one experience such a gifted, brilliant individual such as Don, who combines a vast and expert legal knowledge with grace and compassion. He was in front and on top of the situation from the start, constantly demonstrating excellence. In court he was MAGNIFICENT! Working with Don Corson was one of the best experiences of my entire life.”
“You were honest and straight with your communication. You conveyed sincerity and follow-up well closing communication loops. You are honorable people who are trustworthy and competent. You are all top notch and top luck to all.”
“We could not have asked for better treatment especially under the horrible circumstances that we needed them when our daughter. Single parent of 4, was killed in a horrific head on collision with a tow truck. Thank you Don for truly caring about the outcome for our grandchildren. We thank you, Dick and Sue Bennink”
“We appreciate all the hard work you did to help us on this seven-figure trust dispute. Don, you took on this highly contentious case and handled it through trial in a diligent, professional way, and were very enjoyable to work with even under the stressful situation that we had. Thank you so much for helping us and getting a good outcome for us and all the trust beneficiaries.”
I am now in my 30th year as a lawyer. I have referred many personal injury cases to Don. I have a successful law practice, but the largest fee by far I have ever received was a referral fee from a significant case that I sent to Don. I trust him because I know that my clients will be treated with respect, that Don will give their cases his best shot, and that he will have their best interests at heart.
Don is a powerful advocate and a consummate professional.
“I worked with Don on the wrongful death case of Chapin Clark who tragically died when the boat capsized in a stretch of whitewater on the Rogue River. The outfitter and guide lacked the necessary rescue skills and safety equipment to save Mr. Clark’s life. All he could do was watch him drowned. Along with his client, Mr. Clark’s daughter, Don and his staff took this case beyond the courtroom and helped get legislation passed that required better rescue skills and equipment for Oregon’s whitewater outfitters.”
“Four years ago I was badly injured in a car wreck caused by a very drunk underage driver. Because of multiple surgeries, I spent an entire year unable to care for myself, first at a hospital, then at a rehabilitation facility, and later at a foster home. The outcome didn’t look favorable for me but Don Corson and his firm never gave up. They went after the drunk driver and the party responsible for providing the alcohol to a minor. They were able to recover all of the funds available. The combination of that recovery and negotiating reimbursement obligations managed to secure a sizable settlement for me. Don Corson is not only an unusually capable attorney, he’s a very nice person who truly cared about my future. I’m so fortunate to have had Don in my corner.”
“My beautiful healthy 45 year old wife, Mary, died suddenly in her sleep due to a fatal prescription drug combination. Mary’s physician had prescribed an antihistamine and an antibiotic, a lethal combination, warned against by both pharmaceutical companies and physician drug references. I researched and interviewed attorneys statewide before choosing the excellent firm of Johnson, Clifton, Larson and Corson. Don Corson was a firm partner prior to forming his new firm, The Corson & Johnson Law Firm. Don was the lead attorney in my case, backed by a very professional support group. Choosing an attorney in a medical malpractice case is a very important endeavor, because you will be challenged by the medical malpractice insurance industry whose resources will most likely exceed yours… choose wisely… choose the best! Don Corson in my opinion is a consummate trial attorney in case preparation and courtroom presence. Remember, the attorney you choose will be your teammate. Don Corson has the compassionate, caring human side that will make you a valuable member of that team. Don did an outstanding job of explaining a complicated case to the jury. The Lane County jury returned a substantial verdict in our favor. If you are a victim of serious injury or wrongful death, the justice of a monetary jury award may be vital to your future, but the justice of documenting a legal record of accountability will remain forever and provide spiritual healing. My beautiful wife Mary is gone, but the light of justice allows Mary’s legacy in the public record to protect others. I can offer you both an intellectual and heartfelt unqualified “yes” in recommending Don Corson as an attorney of compassion and unusual excellence.”
“The Corson & Johnson Law Firm represented my minor son and I after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Having never been in a situation where I needed a lawyer, I was quite nervous. From my very first phone call through the entire case Lara, Don and their staff made me feel completely comfortable. They treated my case as if it were the most important one they had (I am sure it wasn’t)– always making sure that my son and I were okay through the whole process. They kept me updated and informed about my case and were thorough with answering all of my questions. The entire legal team was highly professional, accommodating, compassionate, considerate and kind…just really good people. I have no hesitation in giving The Corson & Johnson Law Firm my highest recommendation.”
I care about my clients, and always worry when I must send a client to another lawyer. I don’t have those worries when I refer a personal injury client to Don, because I know my client will get the best care and treatment that can be given for the litigation and trial process. Referring a personal injury case to Don is the easy solution because I’m confident he’ll do a great job.
Personal injury is a field that requires a lot of specialized medical knowledge. Don does an excellent job, and I will continue to refer personal injury cases to him. Clients have told me that they have been impressed with his willingness to come to the hospital, keep them informed, and promptly do all of the follow-up that’s needed. He’s upfront with me and with the clients, and I feel comfortable working with him.
I have known Don for over sixteen years. We’ve associated together on a number of cases, and have shared legal analyses and tactics on complex medical and product liability matters. Don has the unusual combination of talents required of an outstanding trial lawyer. He has strong technical legal proficiency; sees the big picture; marshals the facts exceptionally well; has good relations with engineers, physicians, and other experts; and communicates well with clients and juries. In addition, he has the tenacity to see a difficult case through to the end. I’ve seen him follow through successfully on a tough case, even when it took many years of work, huge outlays for costs, and when the case had to be tried twice and fought on appeal. In my opinion, the reputation Don has established over the years is well-deserved.
“Don Corson represented me several years ago. He responded to my questions quickly and explained the whole process as to what would take place during the lawsuit in order to ease my tensions and fears. He was extremely easy to work with, very knowledgeable, and made the whole process as smooth as it could be. I would highly recommend him to anyone, as he is one of the most professional, honest, and caring individuals I have had the pleasure to know. Knowledge, integrity, and professionalism are a must in a lawyer and Don Corson is all of them without a doubt.”
“I had an awesome experience with Don Corson in my case, which is an odd thing to say as I would not wish a lawsuit on anyone. I was terribly injured (multiple head and facial fractures) when my seat belt failed to work properly in a medium speed collision. My daughter was 14 months old at the time. Fortunately, a local attorney in St. Helens recommended a Eugene firm in which Don worked. I really enjoyed working with Don. He was aware of the emotional side of head injuries and litigation and helped me feel prepared. He also insulated me from worrying about all the strategic decisions and the ups and downs of litigation. He spoke to me in terms I could understand. I continue to feel support from Don and his firm as if they were my extended family.”
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