Firm Overview

The Greensboro law firm of Donald R. Vaughan and Associates was born as a result of Don’s legal experience and education. Among Greensboro attorneys, Don Vaughan has distinguished himself as a tireless and dedicated advocate for individuals and businesses in the community. Don supports the community where he grew up through his business and by helping to develop aspiring attorneys in Greensboro and the Triad.


Don was born in 1952. His dad worked for Western Electric Corporation and Kitty worked for Prago-Guyes, a downtown Greensboro department store, and later was a manager for the Greensboro News and Record.

Don attended Lindley Elementary and Lindley Junior High. At the age of 9, Don’s father passed away, leaving his mother bio_don_mom_awardto raise him as her only child in their home on Mayflower Drive near UNC-Greensboro. He became an Eagle Scout and captain of his high school tennis team. He worked his way through high school for the City of Greensboro as a summer playground director and at Belk Department store “on the square” and at Friendly Shopping Center. He graduated from Grimsley High School in 1970.

Aspiring Attorney Don Vaughan achieves “firsts” at UNC-Chapel Hill

bio_don_cheerleaderDon entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was the first person to be awarded highest honors in speech in 1974. Following graduation, he received a Lectureship to the School of Government and Public Administration at American University in Washington to teach undergraduate political science and attend graduate school. Looking for a job to help pay his way through graduate school, he sat on the doorstep of then-United States Senator Sam Ervin, hoping to be the first person to get a job when the new United States Senator from North Carolina arrived in 1975.

Greensboro Attorney Don Vaughan’s public service work

Senator Robert Morgan hired Don as his legislative clerk, where he served for two years before returning to law school abio_don_judgest Wake Forest University School of Law. He made the Wake Forest Law Review and received a North Carolina scholarship. Following graduation he was hired by Governor James B. Hunt’s economic advisor to work as an attorney to the Governor’s small and large business councils.

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In 1982, he returned home to Greensboro to become Vice President of Stedman Corporation, a North Carolina-based textile and apparel manufacturer. A strong advocate of our free enterprise system, he helped enact laws in 10 states to require teaching of the U.S. Constitution and founding documents in the public schools. He was awarded the George Washington Freedom Medal at the North Carolina Court of Appeals for his legislative efforts.

Greensboro Attorney Don Vaughan enters private practice

bio_citycouncil_don_nancyDon has since become a Greensboro attorney, practicing law from his downtown law office. Then he was first elected to the Greensboro City Council in 1991 — serving two terms as Mayor Pro Tem. 

Don has also served in the North Carolina State Senate from 2008 to 2012. He is honored to be on the faculty as an adjunct professor at Wake Forest University School of Law and Elon University School of Law. Don was one of only 25 lawyers to receive the Leader in the Law award from Lawyer’s Weekly in 2012 and was selected again in 2015. He is one of the only attorneys in North Carolina to be honored twice.

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