Donald J. Winder

Donald J. Winder

Salt Lake City, Utah

Donald J. Winder has been practicing for more than 40 years, and was a founding member of Winder & Counsel, PC before joining Magleby, Cataxinos & Greenwood (“MCG”).

Mr. Winder practices in all areas of Business Litigation, with a focus on real estate, business disputes, and employment law.  His litigation, mediation, trial experience includes cases involving big tobacco, complex personal injuries, and transportation.  He has obtained favorable verdicts for clients both in the courtroom and arbitration. 

Mr. Winder has been A/V rated by Martindale Hubble for more than 20 years, the highest rating available for an attorney, and has been voted by his peers throughout the state as one of Utah's "Legal Elite," as published in Utah Business Magazine.  Since 2007 Mr. Winder has been selected for inclusion in the Mountain States Super Lawyers.  He is also a member of the American Society of Legal Advocates, and is honored on their Top 100 Lawyers list.  Mr. Winder is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) since 1995, and is also a Senior Fellow in Litigation Counsel of America, a trial honorary society limited to less than one-half of one percent of all attorneys. Further, he is a Litigation Counsel of America Fellow.

Mr. Winder graduated from Arizona State University with a J.D. in 1972, following obtaining a B.A. in Chemistry at the University of Washington.  He has lectured frequently on trial techniques, civility, employment, business, and real estate law.  Additionally, Mr. Winder has a number of publications relating to his various areas of practice.

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, 1972
  • Utah, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of Utah
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1978
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1985


  • Arizona State University, College of Law, Tempe, Arizona
    • J.D. - 1972
  • University of Washington, Washington
    • B.A. - 1969
    • Major: Chemistry

Published Works

  • Enforcing Civility in an Uncivilized World, Utah State Bar Journal, May/June, 2009
  • In Defense of Jury Trials, The Intermountain Commercial Record, February 9, 2007
  • Utah is Not the Place for Runaway Med-Mal Juries, The Intermountain Commercial Record, February 8, 2007
  • Recent Developments in Automobile Law, 37:2 Tort & Insurance Law Jr. 295-322, Winter, 2001
  • Utah Joins Ranks Denying Recovery for Economic Loss in Tort, The Critical Path, The Newsletter of the Construction Law Committee Defense Research Institute , Winter, 1999

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Utah State Bar
  • Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Professionalism , 2002 - 2012
  • Unfair Criticism of Judges Committee, 2002 - 2003
  • Education for Justice Project, 2002 - 2003
  • Courts and Judges Committee and Chair, 1992 - 1995
  • American Bar Association, 2000 - 2002
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Association for Justice
  • Utah Association for Justice
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Utah Defense Lawyers Association, 2003 - 2004
  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
  • Rotary International, 2001 - Present
  • University of Washington, Henry Suzzallo Society