Doug deVries became a full-time mediator in 2011, following 35 years of 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 30 years of experience as a mediator, arbitrator, and settlement conference Judge Pro Tem in various courts and programs in Northern CA.
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. Over the years, he has been selected to mediate complex cases, including mass tort property damage insurance disputes and developed a statewide reputation for being one of the "go to" mediators for insurance coverage, ERISA, and bad faith.
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."
Aside from the law, Mr. deVries enjoys traveling, golfing and cooking.
"Doug is an amazing person and a great mediator."
- Attorney, Long Beach, California
"Mr. DeVries was very thorough in his explanation of the interpretation of particular signals being sent by the opposition and was helpful in developing creative options."
- Attorney on a Personal Injury Auto Dispute
"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
"He didn’t give up even when it seemed discouraging at times."
- Attorney on a Premises Liability Dispute
"Took a creative approach to breaking the logjam in parties’ positions. Stuck to principled positions in the negotiation and not just platitudes to engage with the parties."
- Attorney on an Insurance Coverage 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
"Mr. Devries did a good job of managing everybody. I would recommend him in the future.
- Attorney on an Insurance Bad Faith case
"Results matter - case settled. Doug's knowledge of the area was, as expected, superb."
- Attorney, San Francisco, California
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