Donald K. Vowell

Mr. Vowell is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and has been since 1997. He has maintained a litigation practice based in Knoxville, Tennessee, since 1978, with 28 years of class action/complex litigation experience, including winning verdicts of $680,000, $375,000 and $300,000 for plaintiffs in products liability/medical cases and successfully defending numerous cases on behalf of defendants, and winning the reversal of a $1,250,000 punitive damages award against a trucking company in the Sixth Circuit. His record on appeal since 1988 is 23 wins, 4 losses, and 2 draws. He has won reversal of trial court decisions, both state and federal, numerous times, and has preserved favorable trial court decisions in numerous other appeals. He has also practiced before the Federal Multi-District Litigation Panel. His admissions to practice include the following:

  • Tennessee Supreme Court (1978)
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee (1979)
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (1997)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit (1981)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit (2003)
  • United States Supreme Court (1987)
  • Pro hac vice
    o United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama (Birmingham) (2001)
    o United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (Indianapolis) (2001)
    o United States District Court for the District of Oregon (2002)
    o United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2001)
    o United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (2003)

He grew up in Martin, Tennessee, and graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1975 and the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1978. He is a 1996 graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College near Dubois, Wyoming. He lives in Knoxville with his wife, Mary Alice, and their two children, José and Tono.

Morris Vowell

Morris Vowell

Note to Volunteer football fans: Mr. Vowell’s grandfather, Morris Vowell, played tackle on the U.T. football team and was named All Southern in 1916. He holds the Tennessee record for the third longest intercepted pass return (99 yards). He played side-by-side with his brother, Graham Vowell, who played end, and was also named All Southern, and is to be inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame this summer.