William and Mary Law School

Law Alumnus Donald Owens to Receive Alumni Medallion

Donald Owens

Excerpted from the Winter 2012 William & Mary Alumni Magazine (opens .pdf). Photo by Skip Rowland '83.

William & Mary Law School is pleased to announce that Donald G. Owens '65, J.D. '71 is one of three William & Mary alumni who will receive the 2013 Alumni Medallion during this year’s Charter Day weekend in February. The Alumni Medallion is the William & Mary Alumni Association’s highest and most prestigious award, and honors alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary professional accomplishments, service to the community, state or nation, and loyalty and dedication to the College.

Owens began his life of service as an undergraduate, when he was designated a Distinguished Military Student as a member of ROTC. He went on to become a 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Army, where he served as a company commander and in other leadership positions with our forces supporting NATO.

After returning to William &Mary and earning his law degree, Owens became a senior branch attorney with the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He later joined the Virginia Attorney General’s Office and the Virginia State Corporation Commission.

As partner at Troutman Sanders in Richmond, Owens not only represented some of the largest U.S companies, but also providing pro bono legal representation to those in need. He has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America and has received the Citizen Lawyer Award from the William & Mary Law School.

At his alma mater, Owens has served as a member of the William & Mary Foundation, the William & Mary Real Estate Foundation, the Foundation’s Executive Committee and a number of Foundation-related committees and organizations. He and his wife, Harlean, continue to give back by helping raise funds for both the College and the Law School.

Please read about more about Owens and the other 2013 medallion recipients in the winter edition of the Alumni Magazine.

Thomas Jefferson founded William & Mary Law School in 1779 for the purpose of training leaders for the new nation.  Now in its third century, America’s oldest law school retains its historic mission of educating citizen lawyers who are prepared both to lead and to serve.