Douglas P. DowdPresident

    Douglas P. Dowd is the President and Managing Partner of Dowd & Dowd, P.C. and focuses his practice on Legal Malpractice/Professional Liability claims.  He has handled and settled a variety of cases involving legal malpractice and other types of professional malfeasance, including:

    • Trial negligence ($7.4 million) – the largest reported legal malpractice settlement in Missouri on behalf of the FDIC for failure to move for directed verdict, failure to object to incompetent evidence of lost profit damages, and failure to properly advise the client regarding settlement value;
    • Trial negligence ($442,500) – failure to move for directed verdict and to file appropriate motions to exclude punitive damages;
    • Negligent legal advice ($750,000) – failure to inform client of applicable law and risks involved in litigation;
    • Immigration negligence ($3 million) – failure to properly process immigration applications for over 50 clients;
    • Commercial transaction negligence ($450,000) – failure to properly secure a security interest in inventory collateral;
    • Estate malpractice ($600,000) – failure to properly disclose a conflict of interest between residuary legatees;
    • Breach of fiduciary duty malpractice ($565,000) – failure to advise client of conflict of interest between client and lawyer;
    • Breach of fiduciary duty malpractice ($7.2 million verdict in actual and punitive damages) – failure to disclose conflict of interest between client and lawyer;
    • Malicious prosecution against lawyers ($400,000) – improper joinder of defendant;
    • Malicious prosecution against lawyers ($850,000) – improperly researched suit prior to institution of claims;
    • Breach of trust against bank trustee ($75 million verdict in actual and punitive damages) – improper pledging of trust assets as collateral for loan to third party. Case was filed by Dowd & Dowd, P.C. and all pretrial discovery was conducted by Douglas P. Dowd and Paul G. Lane of Dowd & Dowd, P.C. The case was tried to verdict by Jim Bennett, Paul Lane, and Megan Heinsz. Jim Bennett and Megan Heinsz are principals in the Dowd Bennett law firm in Clayton, Missouri; and
    • Breach of fiduciary duty against accountant ($1.5 million) – failure to disclose conflicts of interest.

    Douglas is currently handling a $15 million claim for patent malpractice as well as a claim for bankruptcy malpractice and another claim for malicious prosecution.  For 37 years, Douglas has been practicing law and has handled a wide-variety of cases including machinery product liability, medical malpractice, automobile product liability (including Bronco II/Explorer rollovers, Chrysler seatbelt defects and window defects), pharmaceutical drug liability claims (including Phen-Fen, Vioxx, Avandia, Accutane, and Actos), and Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (“MMPA”) claims (Celexa), defective device liability claims (including DePuy Hip Implants), premises defect liability, railroad crossing accidents, airplane crashes, uninsured and underinsured motorist claims against insurance companies, business torts, improper estate asset diversion, fraudulent conveyances, breach of partnership, breach of contract, abuse of process and prima facie tort.  He successfully defended Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) on an appeal of a $30 million class action (2004).

    After graduating from St. Louis University School of Law in 1978, Douglas joined his father, Edward L. Dowd, Sr., and his two brothers, Edward L. Dowd, Jr. and James R. Dowd, at Dowd & Dowd, P.C.

    Douglas was awarded the Lon O. Hocker Trial Lawyer Award from the Missouri Bar in 1988 in recognition of his skills as a young trial lawyer.  He has given lectures to various legal societies including The Missouri Bar, The Lawyers Association of St. Louis, The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys on civil procedure, evidence, trial advocacy, extraordinary remedies, case evaluation, trial problems, cross-examination, closing argument and reconstruction evidence.

    Douglas is currently a member of the Missouri Bar, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, American Bar Association, Missouri Association of Trial Lawyers, American Association for Justice and the Lawyers Association of St. Louis.  Douglas has won several cases in the Supreme Court of Missouri as well as the United States Court of Appeals for Eighth Circuit and the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Missouri.  He has obtained verdicts in excess of a million dollars and has settled cases in the tens of millions of dollars.

    Education:
    University of Utah, Salt Lake City (B.A., Psychology and English, Magna Cum Laude 1975)
    St. Louis University School of Law (J.D., 1978)

    Affiliations and Honors:
    “The Best Lawyers in America”, 20th Edition (2014)
    Recognized by St. Louis Magazine as a St. Louis Region Top Attorney (2013)
    Lon O. Hocker Trial Lawyer Award, 1988
    Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
    American Bar Association
    Missouri Association of Trial Lawyers
    American Association of Justice
    Lawyers Association of St. Louis

    Admitted:
    Missouri
    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit