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Donald C. Randolph

  • Partner


Santa Monica, CA




Donald Randolph is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, a former Captain in the United States Army, and a 1974 graduate of the University of Southern California School of Law.  With over 44 years of practice experience, he has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts throughout the United States, including a number of high profile matters.  Since 2010 alone, he has led Randolph and Associates in obtaining over $25 million in personal injury verdicts and settlements for its clients.  Throughout his career, he has been involved in thousands of cases as a champion for the injured and their families.  Honored as a Super Lawyer every year since 2004, he is consistently named among Southern California's best trial lawyers.  He brings a wealth of experience to the zealous representation of the firm's clients in plaintiff's personal injury cases.

Mr. Randolph is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating reflecting his excellent work and the highest ethical standards.  As the most respected and well-known source of information about attorneys in the U.S., Canada, and worldwide, Martindale-Hubbell ratings are submitted by District Court judges, U.S. Attorneys, defense lawyers, and prosecutors from around the country.  He is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, two highly prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States, of which fewer than 1% of all U.S. lawyers are members.

Mr. Randolph is a longstanding soccer coach, and a 10-year board member of the American Youth Soccer Organization.  In 2004, he and his wife established a VIP program under the AYSO banner for children with special needs.  He is married to Suzanne Edgar Randolph, also a USC Law School graduate, and they have three children, Christina, Maggie, and Charlie.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury (Plaintiff's)
  • Civil Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Criminal Law (State & Federal)

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Criminal Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, since 1983

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2007


  • University of Southern California Law Center, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1974
  • United States Military Academy at West Point
    • B.S.

Published Works

  • "Sex Discrimination in the Family Benefits Section of the Social Security Act: An Equal Protection Analysis." Clearinghouse Review, Vol. 9, December 1974; Reprinted in full, Congressional Record, Senate, 94th Congress, 1st Section, p. 7954 (1975).
  • "A Computer Hacker's Right to Remain Cryptic." California Lawyer, November 1999
  • Randolph, Donald C., and Vinson, Gregory L.: “A Computer Hacker’s Right to Remain Cryptic”, California Lawyer, November, 1999

Honors and Awards

  • AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers
  • Certificate of Appreciation, State Bar of California, for 30 years of continuous participation as certified specialist in criminal law
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, Los Angeles Magazine
  • Invited Panel Member, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Joseph M. Cohen Lecture series, “Representing High Profile Criminal Defendants”

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA)
  • Consumer Attorneys of The Inland Empire (CAOIE)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Santa Monica Bar Association
  • Criminal Courts Bar Association, Los Angeles
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice

Past Employment Positions

  • Randolph & Levanas, Partner, 1991 to 2003
  • Overland, Berke, Wesley, Gits, Randolph & Levanas, Partner, 1981 to 1991
  • Randolph & Levanas , Partner, 1979 to 1981
  • Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, Deputy Public Defender, 1975 to 1978
  • L.A. Legal Aid , Staff Attorney, 1974 to 1975