Doug, who leads the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court practice, has presented more than 70 appellate arguments, including 16 times before the U.S. Supreme Court and before every federal circuit court of appeals. He has briefed and argued both civil and criminal matters covering a wide range of subjects and has particular experience in the areas of intellectual property, bankruptcy, the False Claims Act, securities litigation, and antitrust. Doug has also extensive experience litigating issues of concern to companies and foreign governments with international activities, including the Alien Tort Statute, the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, and forum non conveniens.
Doug collaborates with colleagues across numerous practice areas. In addition to handling appeals, Doug works closely with trial court colleagues to present the most compelling dispositive motions and to preserve our clients’ rights to appeal if necessary. He routinely consults with clients about avenues for challenging administrative actions and advises clients about the constitutionality of legislation affecting their interests.
Doug rejoined the firm in 2010 after spending more than a decade handling civil appeals and Supreme Court litigation for the U.S. Department of Justice. Between 2004 and 2009, he was an Assistant to the Solicitor General, where he briefed and argued cases on behalf of the United States before the Supreme Court. Doug has argued sixteen cases before the Supreme Court and filed more than 150 briefs in that Court. In 2015, Doug argued before the Supreme Court in the highly-publicized landmark marriage equality case (Obergefell v. Hodges) and in a key bankruptcy case regarding whether an order denying confirmation of a bankruptcy plan is appealable (Bullard v. Blue Hills Bank).