Donald S. Powell was born in Iron River in 1961. He graduated from West Iron County High School in 1979.
He attended Northern Michigan University, majoring in both Political Science and History, and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1983.
Mr. Powell went south for law school, attending the University of Houston where he graduated in the top 20% of his class in 1986.
After law school Mr. Powell began working as an insurance defense attorney in Austin, Texas with the firm of Bankston, Wright & Greenhill. Following that, Mr. Powell became a partner in the firm of Armstrong & Powell working primarily as a personal injury attorney.
In 1992 Mr. Powell lost his love for the big city and returned to Iron River in order to have the pleasure of representing people he had known most of his life.
After working as an associate attorney for three years, Mr. Powell formed Powell Law, P.C. in 1995.
While practicing law in Texas, Mr. Powell handled many cases involving people who were seriously injured. When one of those cases could not be resolved, Mr. Powell obtained a verdict in excess of one million dollars after trial. Mr. Powell also successfully defended Lyndon B. Johnson's closest friend, in another case, when he was sued in Johnson City, Texas.
Since returning to Michigan, Mr. Powell has been involved in two murder cases and has been successful every time he has been to the Court of Appeals. One of those Appellate decisions set new Michigan law and was published in the Michigan Reporter.
In 2011 Mr. Powell completed the Institute of Continuing Legal Education's eight course program focusing on Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts and Medicaid issues.
Mr. Powell often does pro bono work for charitable organizations and has been council for Friends of Camp Batawagama since it's inception in 1997.
Mr. Powell is married to Leslie, an Iron River native, and has three grown children. When not practicing law, he is an avid hunter, outdoorsman and Harley enthusiast.