For more than 25 years, Donald P. Boyle Jr. has successfully litigated complex commercial, environmental, and tort matters through trial and appeal in state and federal courts in Georgia and across the eastern United States. Whether bringing claims or defending against them, Mr. Boyle assists his clients to get the result they want in the way that is most effective and efficient for them. Mr. Boyle counsels his clients to consider alternative dispute resolution, which through careful planning can result in a true win for the client at a reduced cost over resort to the courts.
Mr. Boyle’s litigation work for major manufacturers and other large corporations and state agencies includes general commercial litigation, contract disputes, insurance coverage, environmental (CERCLA), construction disputes, product liability, toxic torts, debtor-creditor, government contracts, Georgia Tort Claims Act, and eminent domain.
Mr. Boyle's toxic-tort litigation experience has required use of sophisticated litigation procedures and consultation with experts in fields ranging from hydrology and waste-disposal practices to epidemiology and toxicology. He has defended such products as cigarettes, automobiles, factory machinery, household appliances, manufacturing wastes, paints, and VOCs. His environmental litigation experience has involved CERCLA (Superfund) matters around the country.
Since 2004, Mr. Boyle has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Georgia Bar Journal and was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal from 2007-2010. He lectures and writes frequently on topics in the area of commercial litigation.
State Bar of Georgia, Member, Editorial Board, Georgia Bar Journal, 2004-present, Editor-in-Chief, 2007-2010
Virginia State Bar
Atlanta Bar Association, Wellness Committee
Life Fellow, Georgia Bar Foundation
Pennbrooke Homeowners Association Board of Directors, Vice President, 2006-present
Represented policyholder in coverage litigation where client sought a declaratory judgment and damages against two insurers that issued $117 million in primary and excess commercial general liability insurance coverage. The Georgia Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s partial ruling for policyholder and reversed that portion of the trial court’s ruling adverse to the policyholder. The Court of Appeals ruled that the policyholder is entitled to its ...
Private action under CERCLA arising out of battery-breaking site near Richmond, Virginia. Defended four corporations among more than 100 in case, which settled after discovery.
Claims of more than 200 individuals for personal injuries arising from exposure to VOCs in well water. Took depositions of 20 plaintiffs, and case was settled before expert phase of discovery.
Successfully represented Georgia DOT in its claims against contractor and in defense of counterclaims in trial courts and on appeal. Litigation over faulty construction of highways; involved complex analysis of chemical testing and accounting data.
Defended four Waste Management companies against claims of several hundred plaintiffs arising out of allegedly contaminated well water from adjacent dump site. Supervised discovery, wrote briefs, prepared fact witnesses for deposition and defended depositions, selected expert witnesses and defended at depositions, and took expert and plaintiff depositions. Case settled at close of discovery.
Claims of more than 500 individuals and businesses for personal injuries and property damage arising from exposure to dioxin. Took plaintiff depositions, selected and prepared expert witnesses, assisted at wrongful death trial, and general research and briefing.
Represented plaintiff in suit arising out of cost overruns on $100 million boiler project due to faulty construction drawings. Interviewed witnesses, reviewed documents, drafted motions and briefs, successfully argued against motion for partial summary judgment, assisted at trial, co-wrote post-trial and appellate briefs. Verdict for client in the amount of more than $4.6 million. United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed judgment and ...
- March 19, 2019
- March 18, 2019
- April 2018
- Donald P. Boyle's Review of "What’s to Become of the Legal Profession?" by Michael H. Trotter, Georgia Bar JournalAugust 2017
- June 2017
- October 4, 2016
- "Trial by Jury" (book review) Ga. Bar J. Vol. 12, No. 2 (Oct. 2006)
- "Civil Practice and Procedure," 29 U. Rich. L. Rev. 897 (1995)
- "Civil Practice and Procedure," 28 U. Rich. L. Rev. 959 (1994)
- "Philosophy, History and Judging," 30 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 181 (1988)
- February 20, 2019
- October 17, 2018
- February 22, 2018
- February 23, 2017
- Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy
- Environmental, Health and Safety
- Financial Institutions
- Lending and Corporate Finance
- Litigation and Dispute Resolution
College of William & Mary, JD, 1989
- William & Mary Law Review
University of Virginia, BA, with distinction, English Department Honors, summa cum laude, 1984
Courts & Adjudicative Bodies
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
Georgia Super Lawyers, 2017 - 2019