Doug is a founding shareholder at Smith Alling. In the first six years of his practice, he focused on business and tax planning for small and medium size businesses. For the past 25 years, Doug has practiced all phases of litigation, including mediation, arbitration, land use, administrative hearings and trials.
He has tried cases to juries, judges, arbitrators and government agencies, including the United States District Court, Washington Supreme Court, Washington Court of Appeals, the State of Washington Shorelines Hearing Board, City of Tacoma and Pierce County Hearings examiners, and various other municipal hearings examiners.
Doug’s primary focus is on large and complex litigation involving business, real estate, estates, insurance and personal injury claims. He represents both individuals and corporate clients regarding the purchase, sale and development of real property. Doug has handled estate disputes concerning will contests, breach of fiduciary duty and mismanagement.
His personal injury practice primarily focuses on serious personal injury, wrongful death, brain injuries, automobile collisions, government liability, employment liability, civil rights, malpractice claims, and product liability. Doug also has experience in estate, business and tax planning, and security law disputes relating to churning and unsuitable investments. He has substantial experience in general business law representing clients in formation, dissolution, mergers and sales.
Doug believes that all clients are entitled to the best legal representation possible. His philosophy has resulted in numerous satisfied clients and many referrals from attorneys both in the community and throughout the United States.