Don W. Ward

Don W. Ward

Saint Louis, Missouri

Mr. Ward is an AV "Peer Review Rated" attorney who concentrates his practice in civil litigation defense including products liability, asbestos and toxic torts. Mr. Ward does trial work in the Circuit Courts of Southern, Central and Northern Illinois, including Madison, St. Clair, McLean and Cook County as well as the City of St. Louis and Jackson County Missouri.
Mr. Ward has been retained to defend a variety of clients from heavy industry, manufacturers, premises owners and distributors throughout the state of Illinois from Chicago to Southern Illinois, and from St Louis to Kansas City in toxic torts, products liability, and workers' compensation claims.

Mr. Ward is a member of the bars of the State of Illinois, State of Missouri, the Supreme Court of the United States and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Central and Northern Districts of Illinois. Mr. Ward earned his J.D. degree from Southern Illinois University in 1989, and his A.B. degree from St. Louis University in 1986.

Mr. Ward was an Adjunct Instructor in the Paralegal Studies Department for Belleville Area College (now Southwestern Illinois College) from 1997 to 2000, where he taught federal and state civil procedure and evidence in a litigation course. Mr. Ward is active in the Illinois State Bar Association, where he has served as a delegate in the Assembly for St. Clair County, Illinois, past chair of the Standing Committee on Bar Services and Activities and past chair of the Young Lawyer's Division Law Student Committee. Mr. Ward is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the St. Clair County Bar Association. He has been a frequent speaker on behalf of the Illinois State Bar Association to law schools on employment issues. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ward practiced with Pessin, Baird, Wells and Ward in Belleville, Illinois.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Toxic Torts
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Benzene Litigation
  • Welding Rod Litigation
  • Products Liability Defense
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Workers' Compensation Defense
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1990
  • Illinois, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1989
  • Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri
    • B.A. - 1986


  • Adjunct Instructor, Federal and State Civil Procedure and Evidence in Litigation Course, Paralegal Studies Department, Belleville Area College, 1997 - 2000
  • Frequent Speaker, Law Schools on Employment Issues, Illinois State Bar Association

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association, 1994-1996; 2003-2006, Assembly Delegate
  • Illinois State Bar Association, 1994-2003, Member, Bar Services and Activities Committee
  • Illinois State Bar Association, 2001-2002, Chair, Bar Services and Activities Committee
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, 1994-2000, Attorney Member, Law Student Committee
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, 1996-1999, Chair, Law Student Committee, 1996 - 1999
  • The Missouri Bar, Member
  • St. Clair County Bar Association, 2000-2002, Board of Directors