DON WHITE, JR.  AV Rated, received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with emphasis in finance, from the University of North Texas (1993) and his law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, with Honors.  He is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Commercial and Residential Real Estate Law.

While in Law School, Mr. White attained an Academic Achievement Award in Personal Property Security (U.C.C. Article 9), and another Academic Achievement Award in Payment Systems (U.C.C. Articles 3, 4, 4A). Prior to embarking on his law career, Mr. White spent a decade in the field of automobile dealership management, holding such positions as General Manager, General Sales Manager, and Service Manager. He is licensed to practice in all Texas State courts, the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, and the Denton County Bar Association. He focuses primarily on real estate, business and consumer litigation, including causes of action involving DTPA, Real Estate Licensing Act, Fraud, Fiduciary Duty, Warranties, Breach of Contract, Negligence, Sworn Accounts, Quantum Meruit, Want of Consideration, Rescission of Contract, Libel, Slander, Unconscionability, Water Impoundment, Trespass, Commercial Leases, Collections, Nuisance and Forcible Detainer. He also practices in the areas of government, general business law (including acquisitions and sales of businesses), landlord-tenant relations, collections and consumer law.

Mr. White also has been very successful as a mediator in resolving disputes, as well as serving as Local Counsel.  He has been a Director for the Denton County Alternative Dispute Resolution Program since 2007, and has completed the University of North Texas Mediation Training, satisfying his qualification requirements as a Mediator in accordance with the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code Sec. 154.052.  Mr. White has mediated many cases in his career involving general civil litigation, contracts, construction and business disputes.

Mr. White represents such clients as BNSF Railway Company, Bill Utter Ford, James Wood Auto Park, Denton Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Prestonwood Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, and Greater Denton/Wise County Association of Realtors. Mr. White is a graduate of the Leadership Denton class of 2001. He was selected by Texas Monthly as a Super Lawyer for 2006-Present.

Areas of Practice:

  • Real Estate
  • Construction Law
  • Condemnation
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Business Law
  • Civil Law
  • Collections
  • Consumer Law
  • Contract Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Lemon Law/Cars
  • Litigation
  • Government
  • General Business Law
  • Acquisitions and Sales
  • Mediation

Litigation Percentage:

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certification/Specialties:

  • Commercial Real Estate, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2004
  • Residential Real Estate, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2004
  • Certified Mediator

Bar Admissions:

  • Texas, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2002

Education:

  • University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Oklahoma, 1996
    • Juris Doctor, with Honors
    • Honors: Academic Achievement Award in Personal Injury Security (U.C.C. Article 9)
    • Honors: Academic Achievement Award in Payment Systems (U.C.C. Articles 3, 4, 4A)
  • University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, 1993
    • Bachelor of Business Administration
    • Major:  Finance

Representative Clients:

  • BNSF Railway Company
  • Bill Utter Ford
  • James Wood Autopark
  • Denton Rehabilitation & Nursing Center
  • Prestonwood Rehabilitation & Nursing Center
  • Greater Denton/Wise County Association of Realtors
  • Kimball Midwest

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Denton County Bar Association, 2010 – 2011, President
  • Denton County Bar Association, 2009 – 2010, President-Elect
  • Denton County Bar Association, 2008 – 2009, Vice President
  • Denton County Bar Association, 2007 – 2008, Treasurer
  • Denton County Bar Association, 2006 – 2007, Secretary
  • Denton County Alternative Dispute Resolution Center, 2007 – Present, Director
  • State Bar of Texas, Member

Pro Bono Activities:

  • Volunteer Mediator-Denton County Alternative Dispute Resolution Center, 2004 – Present

Fraternities/Sororities:

  • Delta Sigma Pi

Testimonials

“Don White's Real Estate Certification and his Service as the Greater Denton/Wise County Association of REALTORS Attorney, puts Don at the top of the list!!”

— Rebecca Arnold

“Don is great!! And he volunteers his time for the Greater Denton/Wise County Association of REALTORS!! Such wise Counsel.”

— Rebecca Arnold

“Don is top notch! Loyal client here!!!”

— Lee Cofran Shanklin

“I truly enjoy working with Don White. He is quick to respond to my requests and goes above and beyond. He is so patient with me and helps answer all of my questions about starting a new business which I'm so grateful for. I highly recommend working with him as your business attorney.”

— Bailey Heard

“I have used Hayes, Berry, White, and Vanzant over the past 25 years. Over the past year I have used them on two separate business transactions.

Working with Don White both times he was most helpful in protecting my interests, very business knowledgeable as it relates to leases and purchase agreements, expedient in preparing documents, and reasonable with fees charged.

It is my opinion and that of many others that this the best law firm in Denton County.”

— SD Pyeatt

“Don has been invaluable to me personally as well as my business. The business contracts and real estate contract issues that Don has reviewed for me to verify that the contracts are in compliance with all the current laws that pertain to me situation. It sure helps you sleep at night to know you have done things right. Thanks”

— Jeff Gutknecht

“Mr. White was able to respond to a possible breach of contract issue on the same day that I contacted him, and his actions were enough to make the buyer "reconsider". I would not hesitate to use his services again, even though others thought I was wasting my time. Best money I ever spent.”

— Daniel Ekleberry

“I've been working with Don White over ten years. He's very knowledgeable in real estate law, oil and gas, and last will and testament documentation. I highly recommend him and his firm.”

— Tresa Harting

“Don White represented me in a legal matter and I found him to be extremely professional, competent and to the point. He did extensive research and was prepared in every way. Throughout the process Don was very conservative with expenses and I always knew that he had our best interest at heart. I would highly recommend him to anyone facing any legal conflict, for us his is the calm in the storm. I would go to him anytime I faced a legal matter in the future. He is the best.”

— Review on Findlaw.com

“Mr. White is the most competent, professional, honest attorney I've ever met. He far exceeded my expectations. His reputation is stellar, he is well known and respected at the Denton County Courthouse in Denton, TX. He gave my case 100 percent of his time and effort, and took my problems seriously. I was rewarded with a reasonable outcome to that I could live with and avoided a trial with mediation. Mr. White is responsive, patient, returns phone calls, communicates effectively. Highly recommend!”

— Lawyers.com

“Don White has done a tremendous job for our business and I will recommend him to everyone!”

— Tara Gleason

“I very highly recommend Don White based on several matters which he has handled for me including one challenging lawsuit involving my rental property. Consistently, Mr. White is responsive, professional, timely, pragmatic, and thorough in working with his clients. His expertise --the breadth and depth of his knowledge--in real estate law and practical experience is extremely impressive. Turning real estate legal matters over to him is always a relief, and you will be well compensated for his fees by his safeguarding of your liabilities and interests. I look forward to working with him in the future. My opinion is purely professional; I have no social relationship or interactions with Don White.”

— Review on Findlaw.com

“Through the years I have used Don White to address a variety of real estate issues. Tenant/Landlord situations, real estate documents of any kind including some that are one of a kind and unusual, the sale of businesses, the sale of real estate, employment contracts, as well as general questions concerning my businesses. In each instance he is very quick to respond and does not delay; rather he expedites whatever is needed from the beginning. Don has been the association attorney for the Greater Denton/Wise County Association of Realtors for a number of years and as past president and BOD member I can attest that Don White has been invaluable in assisting the association with many of their needs as well. I have always had a very positive experience with Don in the many times I have asked for his help and expertise. I strongly recommend him.”

— Review on Findlaw.com

“Don was a blessing to our family. He was upfront, direct, honest, confident, respectful, intelligent, prompt and extremely hard-working. Don seemed to understand every aspect of the law. He took the time to study and learn particular details regarding our situation that proved to be extremely helpful in our case. He was adament about doing what was best for our family, and we felt reassured that following his lead would only be to our advantage. He was not interested in drawing our case out to "pad his pocket," but simply to draw conclusion to our case as quickly as possible and with the best possible results. He legal team was pleasant, hard-working and interested in answering questions...all in an effort to ease our minds moving forward. I would recommend Don and his team to family, friends and anyone in need of nearly any legal services.”

— Review on Findlaw.com

“Don White is awesome! He is thorough, wise, caring, and has an awesome sense of humor! Thanks Don for all your continued help!!!”

— Brad McKissack

“Don White equals greatness! He's not just our attorney but a dear friend!”

— Donna Abercrombie McClendon

“After a few encounters with unsatisfactory lawyers in Denton County, I was so fortunate to finally find Don White, Jr.. My civil case was unusual, but Don was not put off and represented me in a most professional manner. He took my case seriously and understood the importance of how it impacted my life. Don devoted a huge amount of time, attention and detail to my case. No stone was left unturned during discovery. My defense was prepared to the highest standards, and I was kept informed. Don is highly competent and respected in the court system, his confidence always made me feel better. Don will give you the factual picture regarding the pros and cons of your case, he is honest, and I trusted his judgement. As a result, my case had a great outcome and I was happy with the result. If you want a sharp, aggressive lawyer that has integrity, Don White, Jr. is your man.”

— Review on Findlaw.com

“Our association has worked with Don White for many years. During this time, he has always been very professional, thorough, and quick to respond.”

— Review on Findlaw.com

“After experiencing a few lemons in Denton County, TX, I was fortunate enough to find Don White, Jr. to represent me in my unusual case. Mr. White is the most competent, professional, honest attorney I've ever met. He far exceeded my expectations. His reputation is stellar, he is well known and respected at the Denton County Courthouse in Denton, TX. He gave my case 100 percent of his time and effort, and took my problems seriously-- under the craziest of circumstances. I was rewarded with a reasonable outcome that I could live with and avoided a trial with mediation. Mr. White is responsive, patient, returns phone calls, communicates effectively, and will aggressively pursue your case. He is not afraid to stand up to the opposing lawyer, if need be. I felt confident I was in the best of hands, and trusted Mr. White and his advice. I will always call Don White, Jr. for my future legal needs. I consider him my lawyer and my friend.”

— Review on Avvo.com

“Don White and all at HBWV - great law firm, very knowledgeable in wide variety of areas of the law.”

— Chris Rosprim