Law Offices Of

H. Douglas Galt

Shareholder

Born in Southern California in 1956, Doug Galt attended Stanford University where he received an A.B. degree in Economics in 1978.  He earned his J.D. and an M.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1981, where he was a John M. Olin Fellow and served as Primary Editor on the U.C.L.A. - Alaska Law Review.  Doug became a member of the Bar of the State of California in 1981. For the first two decades of his career, Doug practiced with Finley Kumble, et al. and O'Melveny & Myers, two large national law firms headquartered in New York and Los Angeles.  In 2000, Doug became a founding shareholder of Woolls Peer Dollinger & Scher.

Although Doug has handled commercial litigation ranging from antitrust to lender liability, his practice in the last twenty years has centered on the litigation and counseling needs of insurance companies.  He has experience with a variety of insurance products, including commercial general liability, directors and officers, errors and omissions, marine, property and fidelity policies.  Doug advises insurer clients and defends them in claims seeking coverage for construction defect, pollution, legal and accounting malpractice, trademark and copyright infringement, employment, fire loss, and other tort and casualty claims.  He also frequently defends bad faith claims.  Doug is a seasoned trial attorney, handling one or more trials every year over the last twenty years.

Doug also has substantial appellate experience in state and federal court.  He has authored dozens of briefs and has argued before the Ninth Circuit and nearly every division of California's Second District Court of Appeal.  In just the last two years, Doug has handled six appeals in matters ranging from eminent domain, pollution coverage, first party bad faith and construction defect issues. Doug frequently writes on developments in tort and insurance law.  He has been published in Mealey's Litigation Reports, the Defense Research Institute Seminar Handbooks, and the U.C.L.A. - Alaska Law Review.

Through the Los Angeles Superior Courts Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, Doug has served as mediator in at least 100 matters.  He has formal mediation training through a program offered by U.C.L.A.

Direct Dial: (213) 629-8792 Email: dgalt@wpdslaw.com