Donato, Minx, Brown & Pool, P.C.

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Education Affiliations


Private Practice of Law, 1979-99

Private practice of law with law firms in Houston and Beaumont, Texas. Practice primarily admiralty and the defense of toxic tort/occupational disease complex multi-party litigation.

U. S. Coast Guard, Commander (Retired), 1957-77

Line officer; positions of command both afloat and ashore. Practice of maritime, environmental and public international law. Experience in all Coast Guard missions, including law enforcement, expedition of maritime commerce, regulation of merchant shipping and environmental protection. United States delegate to the United Nations, the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea, and the International Maritime Organization. Broad experience in domestic and international maritime affairs and international negotiations. Military trial judge and military appellate judge.

U. S. Department of State, Washington, New York, Geneva, Caracas, 1977-79

Foreign Service Officer. Director, Oceans Policy Planning, Bureau of Oceans, Environment and International Scientific Affairs. Responsible for the coordination of the development of United States international maritime policy and its implementation through international negotiations, including international law of the sea, avoidance of conflicts, development of offshore mineral resources, protection of the marine environment, fisheries, and interdiction of narcotics trafficking by sea. Close liaison through the National Security Council with other federal agencies involved in maritime affairs. United States delegate to the United Nations and the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea.

Areas of Practice:

Insurance Defense
Personal Injury / Wrongful Death
Products Liability
Toxic Tort / Occupational Disease
General Civil Litigation

Bar Admissions:
District of Columbia, 1966
Texas, 1981
U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1967
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1981
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1982
U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1966
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1981
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1982
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1991
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1966
George Washington University National Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1966
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: Valedictorian ; 1st in Class Each Year
Honors: Student Body Vice President, 1965-1966
Honors: Order of the Coif
Honors: With Honors

United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut, 1957

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Texas Bar Association

State Bar of Texas

Maritime Law Association of the United States

Texas Association of Defense Counsel

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