Jeff Douglass is Chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice and is a Partner in the firm’s Product Liability, Mass Torts & Class Actions Practice. Mr. Douglass is a member of the firm’s Executive and Management Committees and previously served as the firm’s General Counsel.
Mr. Douglass maintains a national commercial litigation practice with a particular emphasis on class action, product liability, toxic tort, and other complex, high-exposure litigation. He has experience in a broad range of industries, including consumer products, pharmaceutical, real estate, healthcare, and automotive.
His clients range from nationwide manufacturers, distributors and retailers of products, to real estate funds and developers. He currently is acting as national coordinating counsel for one of the country’s largest retailers in connection with its defense of various claims in state and federal courts around the country relating to a popular herbicide. He is also serving as national coordinating counsel and trial counsel for a company in connection with its defense of over 150 lead-paint personal injury and public nuisance claims. In addition, he 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 acted as counsel for an international pharmaceutical manufacturer in connection with a significant number of lawsuits that were consolidated before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL). He also defended one of the country’s largest retailers in connection with various product liability and tax class actions. In addition, he defended an international real estate developer in connection with more than 50 individual, multi-party and putative class action lawsuits.
Mr. Douglass has litigated cases in trial courts throughout Georgia and has handled a number of appeals 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 MDL proceedings.
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 chaired the firm’s Pro Bono Program for seven years, during which time the firm received numerous awards for its program, including: