Training and Experience

BalanceFORMAL MEDIATION TRAINING

Doug received extensive formal mediation training, including 40 classroom hours at CDR (Collaborative Decision Resources) Associates in Boulder, CO. and 54 classroom hours including Advanced Mediation Training (2009) at The Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law School in California. He received additional training in ADR methods at the Defense Research Institute’s 3 day training program in Chicago. He has attended training sessions in Collaborative Law at the Seattle University School of Law and Mediation Techniques at the University of Washington Law School, as well as numerous CLE’s on negotiation and mediation. He has also all been a presenter at the annual Northwest ADR Conference at the University of Washington.

EARLY RESOLUTION PROGRAM CREATED

Doug initiated and developed the Early Resolution Program for the Attorney General Torts Division as part of an overall ADR effort for the Attorney General’s Office. Since it began in 1996, the Early Resolution Program has become a well-documented success at achieving the Attorney General’s goals of reducing litigation costs to state agencies and reducing litigation caseloads in the AG torts and employment divisions.  As part of this program, Doug also worked closely with the Division of Risk Management to resolve damage claims before lawsuits were filed. In 15 years Doug negotiated settlements in more than 600 cases or claims, and represented numerous state agencies in more than 200 mediations. He made numerous presentations to state agencies on negotiation strategy, mediation skills and use of Alternative Dispute Resolution to reduce litigation costs. 

LITIGATION

In his 33 years of practice, Doug tried numerous cases to juries while representing either plaintiffs or defendants. Doug’s law career began in 1977 in the Pierce County Prosecutor’s office where he did criminal jury trials for three years before transitioning to the Prosecutor’s civil division where he advised county agencies and school districts on a variety of issues including employment law. During his time in the prosecutor’s office, he participated in more than 30 jury trials.

In early 1983 he went into private practice doing primarily personal injury litigation representing injured plaintiffs, and he also represented parties engaged in construction and contract litigation.

Beginning in early 1988 he joined the Attorney General’s Torts Division as a litigation team leader representing the Department of Transportation, the Washington State Patrol plus several smaller agencies and a number of Washington Community Colleges. Doug was also a member of WSTLA (Washington State Trial Lawyers Association) for more than 20 years as well as ATLA (The American Trial Lawyers Association). Doug retired from active practice in 2010.

LEGAL DECISION-MAKING

Doug is on the Arbitration panels in Pierce, Thurston and Mason Counties and has arbitrated more than 100 cases in the past 25 years.  He participated in the Pierce County Superior Court’s pro-tem judge program from 2000 to 2003 where he presided over both jury and bench trials and conducted numerous settlement conferences resulting in settlements. He also served as a court appointed mediator for Thurston County Superior Court and is on the WSBA’s ADR committee.  He also served on the WSBA’s mediator panel for resolving disputes involving WSBA members. Doug has served two terms on the Judicial Qualifications panel of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar, and on the Bench-Bar Liaison committee.

EDUCATION AND BACKGROUND

In 1971, Doug received an Associate’s Degree in Economics and Sociology from Platte College in Columbus, Nebraska, where he was on the Dean’s List and was named to Phi Theta Kappa, an International Honor Society for Community Colleges. He received his B.S. in Business Administration in 1973 and JD in 1976, both from the University of Nebraska. During law school, Doug clerked for the Nebraska Attorney General’s office and was assigned to the Director of the Department of Corrections. He was also co-editor of the UNL Law School publication, The Nebraska Transcript, a magazine devoted to emerging legal issues and law school events of interest to the Nebraska legal community and Nebraska Law School alumni nationwide.