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."
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
Doug is an amazing person and a great mediator.
- Attorney, Long Beach, California
Results matter - case settled. Doug's knowledge of the area was, as expected, superb.
- Attorney, San Francisco, California
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
Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith
Major Personal Injury Including Products Liability & Professional Malpractice
Class action: case seeking damages for a collection company's violations of privacy and provisions of the Telephone Communications Act.
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
Financial Elder Abuse
Elder and Dependent Abuse: case by an elderly woman who was sold allegedly inappropriate annuity and reverse mortgage
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.
Whistleblower Wrongful Term
Employment law: case by a whistle blower for retaliation and hostile workplace constructive discharge;.
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.
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
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
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.
Assault and Battery
case involving death of a bar patron while being physically subdued by bouncers
case involving death of a construction site work due to wind-driven collapse of a wall
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.
case by a female high school intern for sexual assault by male supervisor
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
PI Sexual Molestation
case by a psychiatric patient who alleged sexual violation by a physician.
case by five guests of a resort hotel who became trapped in an elevator stuck between floors for 6 hours.
case by young man rendered paraplegic after multiple doctors and hospitals allegedly failed to recognize and correct acute spinal cord and nerve root compression.