Donnie Winningham is a litigator with Bressler's financial institutions and insurance practice groups, dedicating himself primarily to assisting clients in defense of claims brought by plaintiffs in civil litigation. His experience is wide-ranging, though some examples are contractual disputes, products liability and mass torts, toxic torts, business torts, and life insurance litigation. Donnie also concentrates on the defense of brokerage firms and other financial institutions against claims asserted by customers. Donnie represents clients in all manner of forums, including the state and federal courts of a number of states as well as in FINRA and AAA arbitration.

Once engaged in a matter, Donnie seeks to understand the client’s primary goals concerning the litigation. Armed with this information, Donnie is better able to advise the client about strategies and processes to employ to achieve those goals in a timely and efficient manner.

Donnie earned his J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 2006, where he was a staff writer for Washington and Lee Law Review. He received his B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2003.

Awards & Accolades

  • Recognized on the Birmingham Business Journal's "Rising Star Lawyers" List, 2016
  • Honored by Alabama Supreme Court for Pro Bono Service, 2015, provided 50 or more hours of pro bono service to poor and low-income clients in 2014
  • Recognized on the Mid-South Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" List, 2012-2020
  • Birmingham Bar Association Future Leaders Forum, 2012

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Associations & Organizations

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama Bar Association
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association

Civic Involvement

  • Co-Chair, Discovery Strategies Subcommittee of ABA Section of Litigation Mass Torts Committee
  • Former Member of Children's Village Junior Board, a foster home for neglected and abused youth for the State of Alabama

  • Former Member of Board for Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program ("BBVLP")

    • Serve on Committee for Programs Primary Fundraiser (Pro Hops Vino! that has raised roughly $75,000

    • Monthly contributor (volunteer) at the BBVLP District Court Helpdesk

    • Closed 2 pro bono cases over the last year

  • Board of Leadership Vestavia Hills, Leadership Organization focused on developing leaders in the local community

    • Past President (2018-2019)

    • Chair of Wing Ding Committee


  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., 2006
  • University of Tennessee at Martin, B.A., summa cum laude, 2003


  • Alabama
  • Mississippi
  • U.S. District Courts, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • 2018 Rising Stars
  • 2017 Rising Stars
  • 2016 Rising Stars
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