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Winder & Counsel
460 South 400 East
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84111

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Winder & Counsel

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The law firm of Winder & Counsel was formed in 1983. The firm is composed of experienced, dynamic and highly respected attorneys. Donald J. Winder has been listed for more than 10 consecutive years in Best Lawyers in America, as published by U.S. News & World Report. Only 1% of all attorneys in Utah have been so honored. Mr. Winder has also been a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates since 1995 and is one of only three attorneys in Utah to be Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Further, Donald J. Winder is a Fellow in Litigation Counsel of America, a trial honorary society limited to less than one-half of one percent of all attorneys.

Mr. Winder has also been selected for inclusion in the 3000 Leading Plaintiffs’ Lawyers in America (www.lawdragon.com) and for inclusion in Top Lawyers for Commercial Litigation as published in the Annual Guide to Commercial Litigation (Fall 2011) by American Lawyer / Corporate Counsel. He has been interviewed on Fox National News (live on several occasions), CNN and CNN International, Global TV, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and numerous times on and by Salt Lake City’s local television and radio stations, and local, national, and international newspapers.

Donald J. Winder (Business Litigation) has been selected since 2007 for inclusion in Mountain States Super Lawyers. Fewer than 5% of all attorneys in the Intermountain West (covering Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming) are selected annually for this distinction. Further, Mr. Winder was selected as one of the Top Seventy-Five Mountain States Super Lawyers for 2007-08, and Top 100 Mountain States Super Lawyers for 2012 and 2013 (less than one-half of one percent of Mountain States lawyers are so honored).

Donald J. Winder (Business Litigation) and John W. Holt (Business Litigation) have additionally been selected many times for inclusion in the Utah Legal Elite, as published by Utah Business Magazine. Mr. Holt (Business Litigation) has also been listed in The Insurance Bar (2005-06), a selected directory of preeminent lawyers. Donald J. Winder also maintains a perfect “10.0” rating on AVVO.com’s attorney directory, which uses a multiple-factor rating system relying in part upon public information, years of experience, and legal expertise.

For over 20 years, this firm has maintained the highest peer review rating given by Martindale-Hubbell (“AV”). This firm has also been approved by Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys, is a member of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms, is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms, and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Less than 5% of all U.S. law firms qualify and are included in the Bar Register. In 2013, the firm was awarded “Commercial Law Firm of the Year in Utah” by Corporate INTL.

Donald J. Winder is a proud member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), the nation’s premier trial academy.

Membership is by invitation only. A minimum of twenty jury trials (first chair) or ten jury trials and the equivalent bench trial experience is required. Further, all trials must be listed. Finally, each application is screened by and voted upon by the local chapter and the National Board of Directors.

Mr. Winder has served as Utah Chapter President (1998 & 1999), served in 2002 on the National Board of Directors as a Presidential Appointee, and is again on the National Board of Directors (2005-current). He has served as Co-Chair of the Committee on Professionalism and Civility and in 2010 was elected a Trustee of the ABOTA Foundation.

Given an AV Preeminent® rating by peers.

Selected by peers as one of the Super Lawyers®.

Selected by peers as one of the Best Lawyers®

Selected by peers as one of the Best Law Firms®

Bar Admissions, Associations, Awards and Certifications

Bar Admissions

Utah State Bar
U.S. District Court - District of Utah

Bar Associations

•Utah State Bar: 2008 recipient of Professionalism Award; Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Professionalism (2002-present); Chair, Civility Code Subcommittee
•Unfair Criticism of Judges Committee (mentor and member, 2002-03)
•Executive Committee, Senior Lawyers Section (2010-present)
•Education for Justice Project (2002-03)
•Courts and Judges Committee and Chair, Local Rules Subcommittee (1992-95)
•American Bar Association: Vice-Chair, Automobile Law Committee and Co-Editor, Auto Law Annual Survey (2001-02), and Task Force on Plaintiff Involvement (2000-02)
•Defense Research Institute: State Liaison, Insurance and Trucking Law Committees (2000-01); Design Professional Subcommittee, (1998)
•American Association for Justice: HRT and Vioxx Litigation Groups
•Utah Association for Justice
•Federal Bar Association
•Utah Defense Lawyers Association (2003-04)
•American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
•Rotary International (2001-present), Paul Harris Fellow
•University of Washington, Henry Suzzallo Society