Doug is a recently-retired trial attorney, having spent more than thirty-five years as a litigator. For the bulk of his career, he had his own practice where he had the pleasure of serving as primary outside counsel for the City of Los Angeles Department of Airports, representing Los Angeles International Airport in hundreds of lawsuits in state and federal courts, including two major air crash cases, all aviation security cases, all civil rights claims against the Department's police force, and general tort liability matters.
In 2007, he was offered a position at the California Department of Justice, in the office of the Attorney General, working as Deputy General under then Attorney General Jerry Brown and later under Brown's successor, Kamala Harris. In this position, Doug defended various state agencies in civil litigation matters, and prosecuted physicians and psychologists in administrative law matters on behalf of the California Medical Board and the California Board of Psychology. Doug retired from the practice of law in 2013 to pursue his other passion, music. He now plays guitar and drums in local L.A.-based bands.
Because of his extensive courtroom experience, Doug served as Legal Technical Advisor on the 1992 20th Century Fox film, "My Cousin Vinny." The film, because of its humorous but smart, reality-based take on negotiation and cross-examination, continues to be used in law school courses across the country.