R. Donald Estes has joined Virtus Law PLLC as Of Counsel. Mr. Estes has been practicing law for almost five decades and has unparalleled business and legal acumen. He has a bachelors degree from the University of Minnesota. He earned his law degree from Columbia University in 1967. He was very heavily involved in pro bono work with Legal Advice Clinics, Inc. and the Minneapolis Foundation during his first five years practicing law as an Associate with Thompson Nielsen Klaverkamp & James P.A. He became partner there, but at the end of 1981 he left to become a co-founder and President of Estes Parsinen & Levy P.A. (now part of Barnes & Thornburg). Don committed over twenty years to the United States Naval Reserve as a JAG Officer.
He has nurtured one-person companies into multi-million dollar, world-wide organizations. Since 1989, when he started doing joint venture work in Asia, he has practiced with Estes Law Firm P.A. Although not certified as an Estate Planning Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association (no one is), he is certified as such and as an Accredited Estate Planner® by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils. He currently serves as director of a multitude of Twin Cities and San Francisco based organizations and as Chairman/CEO of World Products Inc. a Sonoma, CA based electronics manufacturer.
Don is highly respected in business and legal sectors and endorsed by his peers and clients. He is a champion for his clients and channels his intense passion into developing quality, long lasting relationships. In addition to the Minnesota Bar, Mr. Estes is admitted to the United States Supreme Court, US Tax Court, the International Court of Trade, Federal Court District of Minnesota, Circuit Court of Appeals and is certified as UCMJ Article 27 Trial/Defense Counsel.