Donald R. Holben

Donald R. Holben

San Diego, California

Don has been a member of the California Bar Association and a civil litigation attorney for 29 years. He served as an officer with the Highway Patrol Division of the Arizona Department of Public Safety for eight years. While there, Don began his undergraduate education. He later returned to school full time to complete his undergraduate education and pursue a legal career.

Don earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona at Tucson in 1979 and received his Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in San Diego in 1982. Don is also a veteran, having served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971.

Upon graduation and receiving his license from the State Bar of California, Don worked for General Electric for a period of time. He then began his independent practice as a civil litigation and insurance defense attorney in San Diego. Don's practice expanded from his initial work in construction defect, personal injury and litigation defense into a more general civil litigation practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He represents individuals and business entities, including sole proprietorships, general and limited partnerships, and corporate clients, before state and federal courts in a wide array of civil litigation such as business and corporate litigation; real estate litigation; domestic, labor and discrimination cases; contract litigation; and construction defect and mold litigation.

He has successfully represented individuals and business entities in a wide array of administrative matters before municipal, county, state and federal agencies and boards as well as state and federal administrative courts, including matters relating to professional licensing and credentialing.

During his extensive years of practice, Don has represented hundreds of individuals and business entities in simple and complex litigation in hearings and arbitrations and at trial. He has tried cases before state courts, United States District Courts, state and federal administrative courts, and administrative agencies throughout California. Don has argued cases before the 4th District Court of Appeal and United States Court of Appeal.

Don is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association (ABA), the San Diego County Bar Association, and the Riverside County and Desert bar associations. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and Consumer Attorneys of California. He has presented seminars on behalf of and before many professional organizations in various fields, including real estate and labor.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Employment Law -- Employee
  • Employment Law -- Employer
  • Labor Law
  • Personal Injury -- Defense
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Real Estate Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1983


  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California