Donald L. McCune, Jr.
There but for the grace of God goes me, my brother, or my daughter. People accused of crimes have rights that need to be upheld, not only by their attorney, but by the government as well, and the system only works if there is a balance on both sides. I am wary of the vast power of the government in criminal matters, and it is the crowning achievement of my professional life to have gained the unique perspective of participating in the justice system both as an advocate for the government and for criminal defendants. In theory, both sides strive for the same goal – equal justice under the law. In practice, defending against the power of the government is much more difficult, and thus much more rewarding, than wielding it.
Don graduated from law school in 2000 as a “second career” attorney. Having piloted B-52s in the USAF, and C-130s and C-141s in the TN Air National Guard, Don also flew as a commercial airline pilot. He retired from Northwest Airlines in 2005, where he was an active member of the Air Line Pilots Association and served in several leadership positions. After he left Northwest, Don clerked for U.S. District Judge Alia Moses in the Western District of Texas, followed by a stint at Motley Rice as an aviation attorney. He returned to Texas to clerk for Judge Moses (alongside his daughter) and also served there as an Assistant United States Attorney, prosecuting drug, gun and immigration crimes, as well as public corruption cases. He joined the Savage Law Firm in 2012.
Associations and Memberships
Don is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association, the Charleston County Bar Association, The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Association for Justice, the South Carolina Association for Justice and the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association.
Education and Background
Don graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Memphis School of Law. He served in the USAF and Tennessee Air National Guard for eleven years before attending law school.
Personal Interest and Activities
Don is originally from Memphis Tennessee and currently lives in Mount Pleasant with his wife of thirty-six years, Bernie. He attends Christ our King Church in Mount Pleasant and is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3137, the “Post on the Coast.”
United States Air Force Academy, B.S. in Economics
University of Memphis School of Law J.D. magna cum laude
South Carolina Bar (2007)
Tennessee Bar (2000)
Florida Bar (2009)
U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
U.S. District Court. Western District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida 11th Circuit Court of Appeals