Via text with Tissy:
I don’t have access to any photos of Don, but he was a partner in Wagstaff, Pope and Clocksin (including periods where David Rogers and Bill Bryson were on the letterhead), which was a well regarded trial law firm. Don had some big cases, including the Finkelstein case (election contest) where the Alaska Supreme Court recognized that Alaska courts could come up with a proportional formula to determine the outcome of an election when it was not possible to determine how many ballots had actually been impacted by the electoral error. That was a huge decision in trial lawyer circles that has guided future election cases. Don won another big case after he went to Olympia and with Sonosky, Chambers. It had to do with state employees but I can’t remember much about it. Lloyd Miller would know. When I get to a good spot I’ll pull out my computer and check out the Alaska Supreme Court cases he was involved in. David Rogers and I commiserated yesterday. We’re the last two living from that era. I’ll check back in with more.
Tissy found the Supreme Court case about reapportionment and Doug responded:
I’d forgotten about the reapportionment case. I just reread it. The important thing to say about it is that Don represented the Democratic Party in a case where the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that Hickel’s reapportionment plan was unconstitutional. That is huge, but, as you can see, he was one lawyer among many. In the Finkelstein case, Don was the “lead” lawyer. In other words, he carried the burden and responsibility of strategy, briefing, and argument. That’s what’s important in trial lawyer land, although it might be lost on the public.