Doug has defended individual, multi-party and class-action claims in various industries, including medical device, automotive, machinery, agriculture, construction, consumer goods, commercial transportation and insurance. As lead trial counsel, he has obtained defense verdicts and litigated cases in multiple jurisdictions throughout the country. In California, he has represented clients in complex coordinated and consolidated proceedings involving multiple defendants and plaintiffs.

In addition to product liability litigation, Doug has represented clients in a variety of cases and business disputes involving shareholder issues, large public construction works projects and disputes over asset ownership including intellectual property rights. His cases have involved patents, publicity rights, trademarks and trade secrets. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Before his law career, Doug obtained an engineering degree and worked as a systems analyst, developing business process improvements using computer and telecommunication applications. His unique background of engineering and litigation experience allows him to assist clients with developments in autonomous vehicle technology and the accompanying regulations, and he regularly presents and authors articles on the subject.

Representative Matters

Trial Experience

Chen v. L.A. Truck Centers LLC, Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County (2015) (Two-week multi-plaintiff trial involving a bus rollover resulting in a defense verdict) (see CVN, My News LA and Law360 for additional information; named among CVN's Top 10 Defense Verdicts of 2015).

Donnelly v. Magna Seating of America, Inc., Superior Court of New Jersey, Middlesex County (2013) (Defense of a two-week trial involving claims that a defective front seat caused the death of the seat occupant).

Boren v. Kia Motors America, Inc., District Court of Oklahoma County (2009) (Three-week crashworthiness trial involving quadriplegic injuries, resulting in an unanimous defense verdict) (See Law360 for additional information). 

Guyer v. Hussmann Corp., Circuit Court of Clay County, Missouri (2007) (Defense of a three-day trial involving auto negligence and wrongful death).

Slaughter v. Ford Motor Co., Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis (2005) (Defense of a seven-day trial involving a quadriplegic/traumatic brain injury allegedly caused by a defect in a seat belt).

Sullins v. Ford Motor Co., Superior Court of New Jersey, Middlesex County (2005) (Defense of a two-week trial involving a quadriplegic/traumatic brain injury allegedly caused by a defect in a seat belt).

Belkin v. Ford Motor Co., Circuit Court of St. Louis County, Missouri (2004) (Trial resulting in defense verdict involving allegations that faulty wiring caused a vehicle fire).

Canfield v. Ford Motor Co., Circuit Court Jackson County, Missouri (2003) (Defense of two-week trial involving claims that a defective front seat caused traumatic brain injury).

Shimon v. Ford Motor Co., Circuit Court of Scott County, Missouri (2000) (Trial resulting in a defense verdict involving allegations of defective wiring resulting in vehicle fire).

Reported Decisions

Creative Mktg. Assocs. v. AT&T, 476 F.3d 536 (8th Cir. 2007) (affirming summary judgment).

Ingraham v. Kia Motors Am., No. CIV-05-0771, 2007 Lexis 50295 (W.D. Okla. July 10, 2007) (granting Daubert motion on liability expert and summary judgment on product defect claims).

State ex rel. Ford Motor Co. v. Messina, 71 S.W.3d 602 (Mo. 2002) (writ quashing deposition notices of corporate executives).

State ex rel. Ford Motor Co. v. Bacon, 63 S.W.3d 641 (Mo. 2002) (writ ordering transfer of venue motion related to relationship between wholly owned subsidiary and manufacturer).

State ex rel. Ford Motor Co. v. Manners, 161 S.W.3d 373 (Mo. 2005) (writ granted on venue motion related to personal service of corporate employee).

State ex rel. Gaydos v. Blauer, 81 S.W.3d 186 (Mo. Ct. App. 2002) (writ granted on First Amendment grounds in defamation action).

State ex rel. Ford Motor Co. v. Westbrook, 12 S.W.3d 386 (Mo. Ct. App. 2000) (writ on venue motion).

Scherer v. GE Capital, No. 99-2166-GTV, 2000 Lexis 9150 (D. Kan. 2000) (summary judgment on ERISA claim).

Eye v. Metro. Life Ins. Co., 202 F.Supp.2d 1204 (D. Kan. 2002) (summary judgment on ERISA claim).

Coday v. Metro. Life Ins. Co., 183 F. Supp.2d 1332 (D. Kan. 2001) (summary judgment on ERISA claim).

Appellate Arguments

Moore v. Confluent Surgical Inc., et al., 9th Cir. (2011), affirming trial ruling in favor of defendants on summary judgment.

Courtenay v. United States Surgical, et al., Ca. Ct. App. 2/3 (2010), affirming trial court ruling in favor of defendant on summary judgment.

Publications

When Cranes Collapse, Cos. Don't Have To Follow, Law360, May 10, 2016.

Product Liability Roundtable: Developments in UCL, Preemption and Punitive Damages Law, California Lawyer, July 2009.

Fair Warning, Legal Eagle, Pool & Spa News, January 23, 2006.

Guidelines for Deposing High-Level Corporate Employees, MODL, July 2002.

Presentations

Moderator, "The Blockbuster Developments in Class Action Litigation," American Bar Association's Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation, April 2013.

Presenter, "Sudden Acceleration Into the Future: Liability from Autonomous Driving and Robotics," Association of Defense Counsel's 51st Annual Meeting: Connecting to the Future, December 2010.

Workshop presenter, "Automotive Litigation – Examples and Practices," Legal Aspects of Autonomous Driving (Stanford University’s Center for Automotive Research and Law Science and Technology Program), March 2010.

CLE presenter, "Secrecy and the Civil Justice System: Defense Perspective," KCMBA, June 2003.

Intellicus Life Care Plan Certification Seminar, presented as defense counsel cross-examiner, April 2001.