In the relatively short time since the firm Douglas & London has been established—nearly ten years ago—the firm has built for itself a reputation far beyond its years by being the first to take on precedent-setting mass torts and complex cases involving pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, products liability, and in representing victims who have been catastrophically injured; this groundbreaking work is due in no small part to the skills and drive of its two founding partners, Michael London and Gary Douglas.
Paralleling the firm’s early successes, founding partner Michael London was appointed by a federal judge as Vice-Chair of the plaintiff ’s steering committee in a multidistrict litigation on behalf of Zyprexa users when he was only in his 30s, a case that ultimately settled for $690 million. Going forward, he has now been appointed to sit on seven other plaintiff ’s steering committees for national mass tort litigations. As the primary overseer of Douglas & London’s mass torts practice, he and the Firm have been involved in and litigated cases, that aggregated together, have settled for more than $1 billion dollars.
“We don’t cut corners—we do whatever is necessary within the bounds of ethics and law”
Renowned trial attorney Gary Douglas handles the firm’s significant trial load, ranging from mass torts to medical malpractice. His twenty years of courtroom experience have resulted in more than 150 verdicts, and he has secured dozens of multimillion-dollar awards and multiple eight-figure verdicts for his clients, including landmark decisions against the automobile industry (regarding a defective airbag that resulted in the death of a six-year old boy, one of the first successful ones of its kind), and the first successful verdict against the tobacco industry in New York state history. The reach of Mr. Douglas’ success is often so great that his cases are reported in the national media, and he has frequently appeared on local and national programs such as Good Morning America.
The combination of these two attorney’s strengths and drive and the talents of the attorneys and other professionals in their firm have worked to make Douglas & London an institution in the courtroom, which is exactly where the defense knows a case will end up when the firm agrees to take it on. No expense is spared and no stone goes unturned when the attorneys at Douglas & London begin the backend research process into the scientific and medical facts of a case, and once the firm finds what it needs, it will not stop until a jury agrees. “We are of the old, take-no-prisoners school. If we’ve got to go to verdict, it’s war. We don’t cut corners—we do whatever is necessary within the bounds of ethics and law,” says Mr. Douglas.