Introduction To Doug deVries
Doug became a full time mediator in 2011, 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. Doug has over 30 years experience as a mediator, arbitrator and settlement conference Judge Pro Tem in various courts and programs in Northern CA.
Doug’s 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, Doug 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.”