Don Morton is currently assigned as a paralegal in the Superior Court Division of the District Attorney’s Office. He was promoted to supervisor in March 2006, and currently supervises an 11-member paralegal staff handling criminal felony cases. These cases include homicides, carjackings, residential burglaries, assaults, arsons and street drug sales. His division is responsible for preparing an active caseload of approximately 300 cases for trial.
Morton is currently assigned to a two-defendant death penalty case pending trial in August. For this case, he has processed for discovery over 14,000 documents and several hundred pieces of media, including video and audio; and coordinating for trial more than 200 witnesses located throughout the United States.
Morton is a member of the Paralegal Training Sub-Committee, planning and coordinating semiannual MCLE training for the division paralegal staff; the Policy Development - Retention/Destruction of Discovery/Evidence Committee; and the Office Staff Training / Witness Travel Improvement Committees.
He served 21 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, mostly in Legal Services, providing direct trial support to prosecutors and defense attorneys. He handled appellate issues, legal assistance (civil, family, and estate planning), law office administration, served as the foreign claims officer reviewing claims against the U.S. government, investigated personnel injury claims and damage to government property, and coordinated and supervised the Volunteer Income Tax Program for service members and their families.
Retiring as a chief warrant officer 3 as a legal administrative officer, Morton was in charge of all enlisted staff assigned to a general court-martial command. He then graduated from the University of San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, thereafter completing the USD Paralegal program in 1982.