Donald A. Ruston, 1929 – 2011, Eminent Trial Lawyer
Donald Allen Ruston of Newport Beach, passed away in Corona Del Mar on April 8, 2011.
Don was born on November 28, 1929 in Globe, Arizona to Ira and Evelyn Mills Ruston. He graduated from Excelsior High School in 1947, and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Pepperdine University in 1951. He acquired his Juris Doctorate from the University of California Los Angeles in 1954, and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1955.
Don was a tenacious and ethically-inspired litigator, as well as one of the most well-known and respected trial attorneys in Southern California. He was one of the most gifted minds litigating highly contentious lawsuits. Throughout his career, he was known for his big smile and legal prowess. His cross examination skills were legendary, but he always promoted collegiality in his dealings with fellow lawyers. He tried cases throughout Southern California, the United States, as well as the American Protectorate of Guam. Over the years he served as a mentor for many young lawyers who have now gone on to head firms throughout the Southern California metropolitan area.