“I have seen the abuse and neglect of our elderly go on for too long
and I am here to stop it one case at a time.”
Attorney Don Fann’s life changed after receiving a call that his
elderly mother had fallen and remained on the floor of her room without
any help for what is believed to be more than 4 hours. That fall broke
her hip and she never walked again. This took place in a facility that
was entrusted with her care. A very active and independent woman who had
worked hard all her life, took care of others, and needed help after having
a stroke. This tragic event was something that Don was familiar with because
he had encountered it many times in the past while defending his former
Nursing Home clients, but this time it was different, it was personal.
“When it became personal I realized that I had been fighting for
the wrong side.”
DONALD J. FANN received his J.D. from the University of Miami in 1987 and
was the founding partner of a well-known and nationally recognized personal
injury law firm for approximately 11 years. With nearly 30 years of defense
experience in both corporate and private practice, he is acutely aware
of the oppositions’ strategies and methods, which provides him with
the unique ability to prepare for and overcome a myriad of obstacles.
He is admitted to the Florida Bar as well as the Federal Bar for the U.S.
District Courts in the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. Don has
successfully represented clients in both State and Federal Court trials
as well as highly complex Arbitrations.
Mr. Fann has maintained the prestigious “AV Preeminent” rating
from Martindale-Hubbell for more than 10 years and has been a featured
seminar speaker at various medical facilities and national conferences
addressing topics of relevance to medical practitioners in nursing home
and acute care environments. He co-authored an article regarding Nursing
Home Litigation which received publication in For the Defense, a nationwide
publication produced by the Defense Research Institute (DRI). Mr. Fann
has also served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Defense Lawyers
Association and was an active member of the Defense Research Institute.
Don Fann has represented many clients that own, manage, and insure Nursing
Homes and other Long Term Care Facilities. He has personally evaluated
or been counsel of record for
over 700 Long Term Care cases giving him a level of experience that provides an
enormous benefit to all of his clients in this specialized area of the law.
“Big corporations don’t need my help, the person who has had
their life destroyed by the negligence of someone else is the one I am
Don Fann comes from a family of lawyers that have lived in South Florida
for almost 100 years. His father was a member of the Florida Bar for over
50 years and his brother continues to practice in Alabama. Despite his
family history, Don’s path to law school and the practice of law
was anything but direct or certain. He has done everything from working
construction, to bartending, to managing a gym, and selling advertising.
He paid his own way through school and understands the value of hard work.
Don’s background makes it easy for him to relate to and connect
with almost anyone he meets and provides him with a real life perspective
that allows him to see beyond the obvious and fight for the rights of