Trial Techniques in DUI Cases
Wednesday, March 16th
Riverside Golf Club
2520 Des Plaines Ave
Riverside, IL 60546
Donald Ramsell has the proud distinction of having argued Illinois v. Lidster, a DUI/roadblock case, before the United States Supreme Court. Additionally, Don was lead counsel in the landmark Illinois Supreme Court case People v. McKown,
which imposed the requirement that all ‘horizontal gaze nystagmus’ tests must comply with NHTSA standards and significantly restricted the use of HGN as evidence in DUI cases. Don has appeared before the Illinois Supreme Court on five occasions involving DUI evidence, eavesdropping, speedy trials, vehicle forfeiture laws and summary suspension laws. Donald’s book, “Illinois DUI Law and Practice Guidebook” has been published annually by Thomson-Reuters since 2009.
Don previously authored a chapter for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) on Field Sobriety Testing, and his chapter entitled “Nystagmus Testing for Drugs and Alcohol” was first published in 2011 in the national 3-
volume treatise, Intoxication Test Evidence. Don has also written chapters in the first and second volume of the nationally released book, “Inside the Mind: Understanding DUI Scientific Evidence” published by Aspatore Books.
In the past 25 years, his law firm has defended over 14,000 drivers. He is Board Certified in DUI Defense; a Regent of the prestigious National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) and also a Faculty Member of NCDD.
Don is a certified Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor. Donald successfully completed a course in gas chromatography, the method used for testing alcohol in blood, in 2009.
Don is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the
American Chemical Society.
Donald has been named as an Illinois Super Lawyer in DUI Defense in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 – 2015. Ramsell has presented to DUI Attorneys in New York, New Orleans, Michigan, Wisconsin, Texas, Illinois, Nevada, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Arkansas, Virginia, Mexico, the Bahamas and also nationwide through webinars at Thomson-West Publishing.
Donald is a Past President of the DuPage County Bar Association (2,000+
Members) a past ABA Delegate, and Past President of the DuPage County
Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Don is also a former Chair of the Illinois
State Bar Association Traffic Law Section Council and a former ISBA State
Don has appeared on Oprah Winfrey, ABC’s 20/20, Nancy Grace,
Hannity & Colmes, and his cases have been featured in London’s Financial Times, and mentioned in over 229 newspapers worldwide, including the Washington Post, the New York Times.