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."
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
He didn’t give up even when it seemed discouraging at times.
- Attorney on a Premises Liability Dispute
Doug is an amazing person and a great mediator.
- Attorney, Long Beach, California
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
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.
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;.
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.
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
Medical malpractice case involving alleged failure to properly read X-rays resulting in failure to timely diagnose and treat a spinal infection and epidural abscess in a 30-year-old person. Alleged that as a result of negligence the patient-plaintiff had to undergo multiple complex surgeries, including vertebral corpectomy and multi-level fusion, which in turn ended the person’s career as a firefighter.
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.
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
case involving death of a construction site work due to wind-driven collapse of a wall
Case involving auto collision causing allegedly major injuries, including moderate to severe TBI (traumatic brain injury), post-concussive syndrome and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) as well as multiple neurological, orthopedic and soft tissue injuries. It was also alleged that the plaintiff lost her career and opportunities for advancement in her health-related occupation and would require rehabilitation as well as lifetime care and support resulting in claimed damages in the multiple seven figure range.
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
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.
Case involving a multi-million demand following motor vehicle collision in which young adult suffered significant personal injuries, including multiple fractures of spine and a lower extremity and head trauma leading to alleged traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Case involving serious personal injuries stemming from a large vehicle striking a pedestrian, including head trauma, neck trauma, back trauma and shoulder fracture resulting in alleged mild TBI (traumatic brain injury), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and long-term residual physical disabilities.
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.
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.
Case involving insurance subrogation action arising from major fire loss brought by insurer against public utility.
case by young man rendered paraplegic after multiple doctors and hospitals allegedly failed to recognize and correct acute spinal cord and nerve root compression.