Jeffrey K. Douglass is a Partner in the firm’s Litigation Practice. He also serves as the firm’s General Counsel.
Mr. Douglass maintains a national commercial litigation practice with a particular emphasis on class action, product liability and other complex, high-exposure litigation. He also advises clients on matters relating to data security, breach management and cyber-liability, as well as liability related to UAS/UAV/drones.
Mr. Douglass’s clients range from nationwide retail distributors of products to real estate funds and developers. He currently is acting as national coordinating counsel for a company in connection with its defense of over 150 lead-paint personal injury and public nuisance claims. He also is defending numerous e-cigarette/vaping companies involved in the manufacture, distribution, and sale of devices against product liability claims in lawsuits filed around the country. Mr. Douglass has previously defended an international real estate developer in connection with more than 50 individual, multi-party and putative class action lawsuits. He also has defended one of the country’s largest retailers in connection with various product liability and tax class actions, and has acted as regional product liability counsel for an international pharmaceutical manufacturer.
Mr. Douglass has litigated cases in Superior and State Courts throughout Georgia. He also has considerable appellate experience, having litigated a significant number of cases before the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court. In addition to Georgia, Mr. Douglass has represented clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout the United States, as well as in connection with proceedings before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.
Mr. Douglass also represents clients in connection with complex insurance coverage disputes. He advises clients on issues relating to first and third party insurance coverage, and has significant experience representing clients involved in declaratory judgments and other insurance coverage litigation in state and federal courts around the United States.
Mr. Douglass is actively involved in various pro bono matters. He chairs the firm’s Pro Bono Program.
“Conflicts of Interest Between an Insurer and Its Insured: The Insured’s Right to Independent Counsel,” Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin, Volume 7, Number 7, August 2008
“Recent Developments Under the Class Action Fairness Act,” Defense Research Institute Annual Product Liability Committee Conference, 2008
“Managing Complex Litigation: Venue Analysis - Positioning Your Case in a Favorable Forum,” American Conference Institute, 2008
“Class Action Fairness Act: Where Do We Stand Two Years Later”, Defense Research Institute Annual Product Liability Committee Conference, 2007
“Understanding the Class Action Fairness Act,” The John Liner Review, Vol. 20, No. 3, Fall 2006