E-mail: lighty@sbl.law

Beaumont Office

550 Fannin, Suite 700 Beaumont, TX 77701

Don Lighty

Don Lighty has spent his entire legal career defending people and corporate entities in personal injury, civil, contract, employment and workers’ compensation matters.  He has tried over 125 jury cases as the primary trial counsel in state and federal courts.  These matters have not been limited to Southeast Texas, as Don has tried jury cases throughout the state of Texas including cases in the Panhandle and the Valley as well as every major city.

In 1985 Don was fortunate enough to begin his legal career handling personal injury claims including car wrecks and workers’ compensation matters throughout Southeast Texas.  This allowed him to obtain much needed experience before juries, including juries in counties known for awarding excessive plaintiffs’ verdicts.  Over the years clients have asked Don to represent them in other parts of the state, and he is now statewide counsel for many entities including municipalities, political subdivisions and major corporations.

In 1999 Don joined Stevens Baldo & Lighty PLLC to continue his commitment to defending those who have been sued. Don has since expanded his practice to include the defense of real estate professional liability claims, as well as representation of clients before administrative law entities such as OSHA, TWC (the Texas Workforce Commission) and the TDI-DWC (Texas Department of Workers’ Compensation).

Don is married and has raised three fine sons, one of which has chosen to follow him in the practice of law.  He has served on many philanthropic boards including United Way of Beaumont & North Jefferson County and Beaumont Crime Stoppers.  Don has also served on the Board of Directors for the Jefferson County Bar Association and Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association.  He is a current member of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, a Fellow of the College of the State Bar of Texas and a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.   Don was the Chairman of the District 3A Subcommittee of the Unauthorized Practice of Law from 1993 until 2014.

Don is also proud to be a member of the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, a philanthropic organization which promotes the presence and development of Christianity in the Holy Land.


  • Personal Injury Trial
  • Civil Trial Matters
  • Workers’ Compensation Matters
  • Employment Law
  • Products Liability
  • Legal Malpractice Defense
  • Contracts
  • Administrative Law Matters
  • OHSA Defense
  • Construction Litigation
Bar Admission
  • 1985 – Texas
  • 1986 – U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas
  • 1987 – U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • 1991 – U.S. Supreme Court
  • 1995 – U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
Legal Memberships
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Jefferson County Bar Association
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit Bar Association
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  •  Southern Methodist University (B.B.A. 1982)
Law School
  • St.Mary’s School of Law (J.D. 1985)
Honors & Awards
  • Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (since 1992)
  • Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (since 2007)
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy (since 1996)
  • Board Certified Civil Pretrial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy (since 2012)
  • AV rated by Martindale Hubble
  • Named a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine every year since 2009
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity