Doug focuses on helping associates evaluate their individual career paths and abilities to create a roadmap for success on their terms. Doug has been mentoring and guiding our junior-level professionals for over 20 years and has become our associates’ trusted advisor and mentor. His discreet approach means that Doug is often thought of as a “go-to” person for giving career advice, coaching, making connections, thinking through firm processes, and bringing issues to resolution.
As a former member, Doug focused his practice on products liability, ERISA litigation and appellate advocacy. Doug has extensive experience in products liability cases in a wide variety of areas, including hand tools, elevator parts, filter parts for EPA compliance, and pharmaceuticals. He has handled over 30 ERISA and other benefits litigation actions for fortune 500 companies. Doug has briefed and argued many appeals in the Ohio appellate courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Ninth Circuits. Doug co-authored West’s Ohio Appellate Practice Handbook with Judge Mark P. Painter for five years and has chaired the Ohio State Bar Association Appellate Committee and Cincinnati Bar Association Appellate Committee.
After graduating from West Point, Doug served in Armor and Air Cavalry units in Europe and the United States for five years, before attending law school. Doug has been a baseball writer since 1998 and has contributed to USA Today, Baseball Weekly, ESPN, appeared on Fox Sports and has worked as a consultant for the St. Louis Cardinals.
University of Cincinnati, J.D., 1995
University of Cincinnati Law Review
Am Jur. Prize in Appellate Practice
Mulligan-Moeller Negotiations Award
United States Military Academy, B.S., 1985
Student Council on United States Affairs (Macroeconomic Policy)
Judge Mark P. Painter on the Ohio First District Court of Appeals (1995-1997) and worked on the most published opinions for the court (30), over that time period.
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2016-2023
Ohio Super Lawyers® 2019, Appellate
Cincinnati Bar Association, Board of Trustees President (2016-2017)
Associate Personnel Committee, ex-officio Member