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Donald Kendall Griffith, American Lawyer ( law: pract. & administration)Civil litigation, stateCivil litigation, federalInsurancelawyer.


Griffith, Donald Kendall was born on February 4, 1933 in Aurora, Illinois, United States. Son of Walter George and Mary Elizabeth Griffith.


Graduate in history with honors, Culver Military Academy, 1951. Bachelor, University Illinois, 1955. Juris Doctor, University Illinois, 1958.


Worked at Hinshaw & Culbertson. Admitted to the bar, 1958, Illinois. 1959, United States. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

1961, United States. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit. 1973, United States. Supreme Court. 1983, United States. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit.

1985, United States. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit. 1986, United States. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit. 1989, United States. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

Phi Delta Phi. Member: Illinois State Bar Association. Illinois Defense Counsel. Appellate Lawyers Association of Illinois (President, 1973-1974).

Defense Research Institute. Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago. Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.


Trustee Lawrence Hall Youth Services, 1967-2000, vice president for program, 1969-1974. Board directors Child Care Association Illinois, 1970-1973. Board education Lake Forest High School, 1983-1984.

Second lieutenant United States Air Force, 1956. Fellow American Academy Appellate Lawyers. Member American Bar Association (chairman appellate advocacy committee, tort and insurance practice section 1983-1984), Illinois Bar Association, Appellate Lawyers Association Illinois (president 1973-1974), University Club Chicago, Knollwood Club, Alpha Chi Rho (chapter president), Phi Delta Phi.


Married Susan Smykal, August 4, 1962. Children: Kay, Kendall.