Doug concentrates his practice in representing employers, corporations and banks in litigation, including complex litigation.
Doug has represented employers, banks and companies ranging from single member LLCs and closely-held corporations up to Fortune 500 companies such as Daimler Chrysler Corporation, AT&T Mobility, and Kmart Corporation. Through his employment practice, Doug has advised employers, and litigated when necessary, issues related to state and federal laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended; the Equal Pay Act of 1963 as amended; the Civil Rights Acts of 1966 1971, and 1991 (race, color, creed, national origin, gender/sex discrimination); the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended (disabilities discrimination); the Age Discrimination in Employment Act 29 U.S.C. §621; the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act; and the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1974 as amended; (wage and hour claims). He has prosecuted and defended claims brought under the Uniform Partnership Act, the Fraudulent Conveyance Act, the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and the Uniform Commercial Code, as well as various contract and common law claims.
For over 25 years of practice, Doug has significant first-chair trial experience representing clients in both jury and bench trials, as well as representing clients in arbitration. He has litigated cases before the Michigan Supreme Court and argued before the United States Court of Appeals in the Sixth Circuit and the Michigan Court of Appeals. He is admitted to practice, and has practiced, before the state courts in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan, and the federal courts in Michigan, Indiana Wisconsin and Illinois. In addition, Doug has been admitted pro hac vice to litigate cases in California, New Jersey and New York.
In the Profession
Doug has been a frequent speaker on commercial litigation and employment issues in Michigan and Illinois. He has developed and presented employment-related seminars for individual employers relating to all employment-related topics, including record keeping and avoiding/investigating discrimination and sexual harassment claims.
Doug was honored in 2006 as a Michigan Super Lawyer for his employment law practice.
In the Community
Doug is a member of the Board of Directors for the Universal Kidney Foundation. He has also taught scholarly writing as an adjunct professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School (Oakland and Lansing Campuses).
Get to Know Doug
What charitable cause do you feel passionate about?
My favorite charity is the Boys and Girls Club.
What is the best book you have recently read?
“1Q84,” by Haruki Murakami
What is the best concert you’ve attended?
The best was Peter Frampton in 2012 because I was able to introduce two of my kids to the music I grew up with and they actually liked it.
Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 1992 (magna cum laude)
University of Oklahoma, B.A., 1986
Admitted: Doug is admitted to practice in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. He is also admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan; the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan; the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana; the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois; and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (including the trial bar).