About Don Self

I am a fourth-generation Texan and native Houstonian. I graduated from Westbury High School. I am married to Kimberly Self; and we have three children, two daughters and a son. After high school, I joined the U.S. Navy, where I served for six years. I was awarded a Navy Commendation, two Navy Citations and an honorable discharge for my service.

I hold two law degrees, a JD degree and a Masters of Law degree in health law from the University of Houston. I have been practicing law for over 16 years in civil litigation representing individuals and businesses. I am licensed to practice in all Texas State Courts and the Federal Court in the Southern District. I am a certified advanced mediator/arbitrator. I am a
certified attorney ad litem and guardian ad litem. My practice areas are diverse and broad-based, ranging from simple to complex, multi-party litigation, including, but not limited to business, commercial disputes, commercial real estate, aviation law, personal injury, elder law, healthcare law, nursing home abuse and class actions. I have handled cases representing plaintiff and defendant clients on a local and national basis. My diverse and broad-based practice provides experience in depositions, pre-trial motions, trial, mediations, arbitrations and settlements in simple to complex, multi-party litigation.

I am a contributing member of the Republican Leadership Council. I served on the board of Leadership Houston, and I am a Class XXV member. As a member of Leadership Houston and the Boy Scouts of America, I’m involved in education, leadership and civic activities and issues involving the Houston area community. In 2006, I was appointed to the position of Commissioner, Panel 3, City of Houston Building and Standards Commission, where I served for three years. I am a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. I am a member of the Houston Bar Association, Pasadena Bar Association and Republican Party. I am a member of the International Ombudsman Association, BBB – Mediator and Ford Motor Company Autoline Arbitrator, EEOC – volunteer mediator, ADR Section – Texas State Bar, Construction Law Section – Texas State Bar, Association of Conflict Resolution, Texas Mediator Credentialing Association, Texas Association of Mediators (TAM), NAA-National Apartment Association, Houston Realty Business Coalition.

My volunteer community involvement includes Leadership Houston, Neighborhood Centers, Inc., Arbor School, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Girls Inc. I am the head of the men’s ministry at Memorial Drive Baptist Church. I am a volunteer mediator in healthcare and elder care and I am involved in pro bono mediation, counseling and ombudsman assignments involving nursing home conflicts.

EDUCATION

1998 LL.M. – Masters of Law, Health Law, University of Houston, Houston, TX.
1995 J.D. – Doctor of Jurisprudence, Thomas Cooley Law School, Lansing, MI.
Graduated with Honors/Cum Laude, Law Review, Dean’s List
Moot Court Team (Jessup International Law),
1991 B.S. – Bachelor of Science, Excelsior College, Albany, NY.

MILITARY SERVICE, HONORS and AWARDS

United States Navy Commendation and two (2) Citation Awards, Honorable Discharge U.S.N.,
Electronics Technician/Petty Officer 2nd Class

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1995 – 2012 SELF LAW FIRM, Attorney & Principal
Private practice in the areas of nursing home, health law and consumer litigation services
to businesses and individuals. Joint venture cases with established and prominent Houston
law firms both plaintiff and defendant. The focus of my practice is nursing home litigation,
health law litigation and consumer products class action litigation in state and federal courts
representing plaintiff and defendant clients on a national basis.

1993-1995 PROSECUTORS’ ASSOC. OF MICHIGAN, Intern/Legal Researcher
Legal research and analysis for Michigan-wide county prosecutors during law school.

1988-1992 SUPPORT SYSTEMS ASSOCIATES, INC., Project Electronics Engineer
Designed, maintained & repaired computerized component level test systems for USAF.

UNITED STATES NAVY, Electronics Technician/Petty Office 2nd Class
Received a U.S. Navy Commendation, two Citations and an Honorable Discharge.

BOARDS/COMMITTEES/COMMISSIONS

2007 – 2009 Board of Directors, Leadership Houston
2007 – 2009 Vice-Chairman, Business Development Committee, Leadership Houston
2006 – 2009 Commissioner, Panel 3, City of Houston Building and Standards Comm.

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES/CERTIFICATES/AFFILIATIONS (past and present)

State Bar of Texas License
Federal Bar Admission-Southern District of Texas
Guardian and Attorney Ad Litem Certified
Commissioner, Panel 3, City of Houston, Building and Standards Commission (past)
Leadership Houston Class XXV

VOLUNTEER/ASSOCIATIONS/SOCIETIES

Republican Leadership Council
Leadership Houston
Houston Bar Association
Pasadena Bar Association
Neighborhood Centers Inc.
Quadrangle member – St. John’s School
HAA – Houston Apartment Association; TAA – Texas Apartment Association
Alumni Association Member – Univ. of Houston and Thomas Cooley Law School