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“After many years of representing large corporations and fortune 500 companies, I now enjoy using my talent and skill as a litigator to help injured individuals as opposed to large companies.”
In 2007, Doug became one of a few select attorneys in the United States to successfully defend a nursing home in a jury trial involving the wrongful death of a resident.  Throughout the duration of his career, he has litigated and been involved in class action settlements and Bellwether dangerous drug cases that have gone to trial resulting in over $100,000,000 injury verdicts and settlements.

Prior to joining Hughes & Coleman and devoting his career to helping injured individuals, Doug’s background since 1995 focused on federal litigation, complex and commercial litigation, and defending large corporations in class action and collective action lawsuits.  He has litigated and tried cases in State and Federal courts in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Mississippi, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Tennessee ranging from general liability to large exposure and complex commercial, construction and medical malpractice cases.

Doug spent the majority of his initial 22 years as an attorney primarily defending professional liability/E&O claims filed against doctors, lawyers, hospitals, nursing homes, accountants, pharmacists, dentists, and brokers.  He served on “national trial teams” for several large healthcare provider organizations where he was primarily responsible for deposing medical experts in high exposure medical and nursing home negligence cases.  He has represented large companies and plaintiffs in class actions, collective actions, and mass tort cases on matters including securities, banking, ERISA, product liability, defective drug, medical device, environmental, consumer deception, employment and wage and hour.

Doug received his law degree in 1995, served as a Judicial Clerk for Appellee Court Judge Paul G. Summers and as a Judicial Clerk and Staff Attorney for Justice Janice M. Holder of the Tennessee Supreme Court.  He has an undergraduate degree in Insurance and Risk Management and he has passed and held both a Series 7 and a Series 66 Securities license.

In his spare time, Doug enjoys playing guitar. He also works as an instructor for high-performance driving schools for various car clubs including PCA, PBOC Racing, Skip Barber, BMW CCA, Audi and Chin Motorsports.

  • University of Memphis, Bachelor Degree in Finance, Insurance and Real Estate
  • University of Memphis, Masters in Business Administration
  • University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • State Bar of Tennessee

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