• Available in Northern California, All of California
  • Mediation Only


Doug deVries is available as a full-time mediator following 35 years experience litigating complex cases at both the trial and appellate court levels in State and Federal courts. Doug's areas of expertise include insurance coverage and bad faith, major personal injury, products liability, medical malpractice, employment, commercial and other complex cases. He has 25 years experience as a mediator, arbitrator and settlement conference Judge Pro Tem. His strengths include the ability to listen and communicate in a highly effective manner (including circumstances involving strong personalities and emotionally charged issues), and to fully understand and thoroughly analyze complex legal and factual issues. Doug's skills are highly respected by both sides of the bar, as evidenced by the glowing recommendations he receives from plaintiff attorneys and defense attorneys alike. One attorney commented "he makes both sides feel like winners - prodigious people skills, superb powers of persuasion, uncommon common sense and keen insight into the thinking of plaintiffs and defendants alike." Another attorney said, "He's a direct, fair and honest guy, and a quick study and deep thinker - he gets it."


Hobbies & Interests

Aside from the law, Mr. deVries enjoys traveling, golfing and cooking.



He didn’t give up even when it seemed discouraging at times.
- Attorney on a Premises Liability Dispute

Doug deVries is truly a first class mediator. Great background, quick study, good with clients, no-nonsense, easy and prompt follow up, and absolute professionalism. I have recommended Doug to others and will continue to do so.
- Attorney, Los Angeles, California

Results matter - case settled. Doug's knowledge of the area was, as expected, superb.
- Attorney, San Francisco, California

He brought both his experience in the type of dispute involved as well as the realities of the litigation process into the discussion in a manner that promoted discussion of practical solutions.
- Attorney on an Insurance Bad Faith Matter

Doug is an amazing person and a great mediator.
- Attorney, Long Beach, California

Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • Full-time mediator (2011-present)
  • deVries Law Firm (2003-2011)
  • Partner, Mart & deVries (1983 – 2003)
  • Law Office of Douglas K. deVries, PC (1981-1983)
  • Associate, Klein Law Offices (1976 – 1981)

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (1976)
  • M.A., Cal State Northridge (1973)
  • B.A., University of California at Los Angeles (1967)
  • Pepperdine Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (2011)
  • Third District Court of Appeal, Dana Curtis Mediation Training (2012)
  • U.S. District Court Mediator orientation training (2011)
  • Selected Mediator/Arbitrator, Mansville Personal Injury Settlement Trust (federal)
  • Experienced Kaiser Permanente Mandatory Arbitration Panelist
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Former Member, American Arbitration Association
  • Former Member, Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Fast Track Case Management
  • Former Member, California State Bar Commission on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education

Achievements & Awards

  • Named "Top Lawyer" by Sacramento Magazine (2017)
  • AV/Preeminent rating with Martindale Hubbell
  • Frequent invited lecturer at legal seminars in California and throughout the country including the American Bar Association, American Conference Institute, National Business Institute, Rutter Group, Consumer Attorneys of California, CEB and the San Francisco and Sacramento Trial Lawyers Associations
  • Authored numerous published legal articles and has been a contributing author to many more

Legal Experience

  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith
  • Commercial
  • Employment
  • Major Personal Injury Including Products Liability & Professional Malpractice

Representative Case Information

Recent Representative Cases


Consumer Class Action

  • Class action: case seeking damages for a collection company's violations of privacy and provisions of the Telephone Communications Act.
  • Class action involving multi-million dollar claims under federal consumer protection statutes. Issues involved class representation standing and adequacy, class certification and scope, and class remedies and damages under Rule 23(b)(2) and (3).


  • Commercial litigation: case brought by a company against a former key employee who allegedly stole confidential information and trade secrets in order to divert customers to new business.
  • Life insurance and bad faith: case involving allegations of improper sale of illegal STOLI (stranger owned life insurance) policies and alleged failure to process appropriate conversion of variable universal life policy to term insurance policy in the face of insured's terminal illness
  • Commercial contract dispute between an agricultural producer (farming corporation) and an agricultural processor/distributor involving enforceability of altered or amended contract terms in the context of a course of conduct in an ongoing business relationship and industry customs and practice.

Financial Elder Abuse

  • Elder and Dependent Abuse: case by an elderly woman who was sold allegedly inappropriate annuity and reverse mortgage


  • Case involving disptue between a medical care provider and a health plan over the amount of reimbursement rates paid by the plan to the provider for medical services rendered to patients.



  • case by truck drivers against employer alleging wrongful pretextual termination secondary to age discrimination


  • Long term disability claim based on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Long term disability claim based on alcoholism and depression
  • Insurance coverage and policy interpretation case concerning the applicability of a pre-existing condition exclusion provision to a disability insurance claim. Specifically, issue turned on whether a new injury suffered during an operation relating to an excluded pre-existing condition also fell under the pre-existing condition exclusion.
  • Case involved dispute over insurance coverage issue pertaining to group disability insurance. Specifically, dispute arose concerning whether or not “other income” offsets to account for insureds’ receipt of Social Security Disability Insurance required proration where two different disability insurance policies covered the same disability.

Whistleblower Wrongful Term

  • Employment law: case by a whistle blower for retaliation and hostile workplace constructive discharge;.


Bad Faith

  • Disability insurance and bad faith: case involving alleged unreasonable denial of disability insurance benefit claim based on back pain
  • ERISA Disability Claims: long term disability claim based on back problems
  • Insurance coverage / bad faith case involving wind and tree damage to home with resultant whole house "racking" (frame tilting and twisting) allegedly requiring demolition and rebuild versus extensive repairs. Claim for contract and extra-contractual tort damages.
  • Case involving alleged wrongful sale of life insurance and annuity products to an elderly person, including claims of misrepresentation, elder financial abuse, and various statutory violations.
  • Insurance coverage case involving alleged insurance bad faith by an insurer in adjusting a total fire loss claim under a homeowner fire insurance policy, including in particular how the Replacement Cost coverage provisions are to be properly applied to older homes.


  • Insurance coverage and bad faith: issues concerning the meaning and legal effect of MCS-90 common carrier insurance policy endorsements in inter-state trucking accidents
  • equitable contribution between multiple insurers on construction defect claims and Additional Insured (AI) coverages
  • coverage issues relating to water damage and mold proliferation, and vicarious liability for network contractor negligence
  • coverage issues relating to landslide and covered direct physical loss requirement as well as policyholder preventative actions under policy's "settle and sue" clause
  • coverage issues on claim by a computer software company seeking business interruption coverage due to water intrusion
  • Coverage issues dealing with contractor cost of defense regarding construction defects
  • Coverage issues on restaurant property damage and business interruption claims resulting from fire
  • Disability insurance benefits claim involving alleged unreasonable denial of severe pain caused by trigeminal neuralgia
  • case involving state "slayer statute" presenting issue whether life insurance beneficiaries could receive death benefit before being ruled out as suspects in open police murder investigation into homicide of insured.
  • case involving quadriplegic injuries to a man diving into a condominium swimming pool


  • Case involved subrogation action brought by an insurance company against a water remediation contractor for recovery of money paid to insured homeowner. Allegations centered on negligent water removal and testing resulting in further water intrusion and mold proliferation.

Professional Malpractice

Medical Malpractice

  • Medical malpractice: case by the wife of a man who died due to internal bleeding following surgery.
  • case by a man who allegedly suffered dementia following electro-convulsive therapy

Real Estate

Breach Of Contract

  • Case brought by homeowner-borrower against major national bank for allegedly wrongful foreclosure, fraud, statutory violations, and wrongful eviction arising out of allegedly unfair and illegal mortgage loan modification practices.


  • Multi-million dollar case involving dispute between commercial developers and a bank based on allegations of fraud in the auction sale of foreclosed and repossessed residential properties.

Property Damage

  • Part of a large series of mediations involving cases arising from a large catastrophic fire. These mediations involve all manner of claims that arise from such an event, including physical and emotional injuries, destruction of homes and other structures, dislocation, emotional distress, property, tree and vegetation loss and restoration, etc.


Assault and Battery

  • case involving death of a bar patron while being physically subdued by bouncers

Catastrophic Injury

  • case involving death of a construction site work due to wind-driven collapse of a wall

Elder Abuse

  • case by a man who suffered worsening bed sores, including deep cratering and infection, while admitted to a hospital and subsequently a skilled nursing facility.

Personal Injury

  • case by a female high school intern for sexual assault by male supervisor

PI Auto

  • Personal injury: case involving allegedly serious disabling injuries from loss of control collision allegedly precipitated by a phantom vehicle
  • case involving multiple near-fatal injuries from truck side-swiping car on mountain road
  • Disability insurance claim involving carpal tunnel syndrome with significant business loss and bad faith allegations
  • Significant auto collision personal injury case involving serious injuries, including post-concussion syndrome and orthopedic and neurological injuries. Other issues presented included earnings loss and property valuation involving a high profile publicly recognizable figure.

PI Sexual Molestation

  • Case by a psychiatric patient who alleged sexual violation by a physician.

Premises Liability

  • Case by five guests of a resort hotel who became trapped in an elevator stuck between floors for 6 hours.
  • Personal injury case with serious injuries and large Workers Compensation Claim In Intervention. Roofer allegedly fell from residential roof onto concrete patio when eave sheathing and fascia board collapsed due to allegedly faulty pest control remediation work.

Wrongful Death

  • case by young man rendered paraplegic after multiple doctors and hospitals allegedly failed to recognize and correct acute spinal cord and nerve root compression.

Downtown Los Angeles

601 S. Figueroa
Ste 4000
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213.223.1113
Fax      : 213.223.1114

Los Angeles Mediation

West Los Angeles

11601 Wilshire Blvd
Ste 2040
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310.442.2100
Fax      : 310.442.2125

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San Diego

402 W. Broadway
Ste 2400
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.814.1966
Fax      : 619.814.1967

San Diego Mediation

Santa Ana

1851 East First Street
Ste 1600
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: 714.834.1340
Fax      : 714.834.1344

Orange County Mediation

San Francisco

100 Pine Street
Ste 1950
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.266.1242
Fax      : 415.266.1243

San Francisco Mediation


980 9th Street
Suite 2200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916.394.8490
Fax      : 916.394.8495

Sacramento Mediation