Doug has defended individual, wrongful death, multi-party and class-action claims in various industries, including medical device, automotive, machinery, agriculture, construction, consumer goods, commercial transportation and insurance. He has tried and litigated cases in multiple jurisdictions throughout the country. He has served as national, regional and local counsel in a variety of litigation subject matters. For more than 10 years he has represented a national architectural and engineering firm in litigation involving design and construction of highway projects, including matters pending in California. In California, he has represented clients in complex coordinated and consolidated proceedings involving multiple defendants and plaintiffs. 

Doug served as counsel for a national fire safety system design company in a multiple-lawsuit consolidated proceeding arising from the construction of a university medical center. His experience also includes representing corporations in shareholder litigation and other business disputes involving fraud and trade secret claims. He has represented a medical device company in a mass tort coordinated proceeding involving multiple personal injury, wrongful death lawsuits. With an engineering degree, he has also advised clients on issues related to warnings/instructions and product design. 

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.


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.


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.