California Western School of Law
Pennsylvania State University
- Pennsylvania Supreme Court
- West Virginia Supreme Court
4th Circuit Court of Appeals
- 3d Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S.D.C. Northern District of West Virginia
- U.S.D.C. Southern District of West Virginia
- U.S.D.C. Middle District of Pennsylvania
- United States Tax Court
Don started his legal career with the San Diego City Attorney’s Office
in the Consumer Fraud Division. He followed his, soon to be, wife back
east and accepted a position as a litigator in the West Virginia State
Tax Department. He left Charleston for a private practice in Central Pennsylvania
and the opportunity to teach at Penn State.
After a few years, Don was offered a position with a leading West Virginia
defense firm. He and his family moved back to West Virginia for good.
After several years doing insurance defense work, he transitioned to the
plaintiffs’ bar in 1993. For the next 20 years he continued to represent
the victims and their families in personal injury and insurance bad faith claims.
Mr. Kresen has many multi- million dollar verdicts, and many more multi-million
dollar settlements. He has successfully tried many cases to verdict. He
has obtained and collected 7 and 8 figure verdicts.
Don’s practice areas include industrial accidents, shaft drilling
explosions, stack fires, construction site negligence and heavy equipment
failure. He has extensive experience in the construction industry. Don
even owns and operates his own heavy equipment, including bulldozer, backhoe,
loader and dump trucks.
After retiring from his previous firm, Mr. Kresen became “Of Counsel”
to the Fitzsimmons Firm. Don has a long history of working both with,
and against our founder Robert P. Fitzsimmons.
Don and his wife Shari raised their 3 children in Wheeling.