Don Ernst

San Luis Obispo, California, United States

Don Ernst leads the “premier plaintiffs’ law firm of the Central Coast,” according to Super Lawyers. Named to Super Lawyers in 2008, 2009, and 2010, he has been litigating against corporations for more than 35 years.

Don graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Economics, ‘71 and University of San Diego School of Law in ‘75. Living in San Luis Obispo since 1977, Don specializes as a Trial Lawyer as he has tried more than 100 cases to verdict.

In addition to this experience, he is a recent President of the Consumer Attorneys of California, also known as the California Trial Lawyers. Prior to his Presidency, Don served on the board of governors for 18 years, representing Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. In 1990 he founded Central Coast Trial Lawyers Association and was the first president. Additionally, he founded the Lawyer Referral and Information service in San Luis Obispo, making sure people who need a lawyer get help finding the right one.

Don has the highest rating for ethics and skill from Martindale Hubble, the high rank of Advocate in the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates, and won Trial Lawyer of the Year in 1998, 2002, and 2006. In addition to these prestigious accolades, he holds a rare 10 out of 10 rating for an attorney on AVVO. He was also a finalist for the statewide Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2011, and is now up for Trial Lawyer of the Year for the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

  • Work
    • Attorney
  • Education
    • Stanford University
    • University of San Diego School of Law