Douglas P. DowdPresident

    Douglas P. Dowd is the President and managing partner of Dowd & Dowd, P.C.  Douglas handles a wide variety of cases and all aspects of them, including investigation, trial and the appellate process.  He has appeared in the Supreme Court of Missouri and the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Missouri multiple times.  He has also handled cases and appeared in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the United States District Court for the Division of Massachusetts, and the United States district Court for the Western District of Washington.  He has also been admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  He is currently handling several legal malpractice cases, product liability cases, mass torts and class actions, as well as dog bites and fall downs.

    $92,000,000 – Verdict and Judgment – Breach of trust against bank trustee – improper pledging of trust assets as collateral for loan to third party.  Douglas P. Dowd and Paul G.    Lane of Dowd & Dowd, P.C., were co-counsel with the Dowd Bennett Law Firm in Clayton, Missouri.  Confidential settlement.  2016.

    $59,000,000 – Settlement – Co-Counsel in consumer fraud class action.  2012.

    $44,000,000 – Verdict and Judgment – Co-Counsel in pharmaceutical product liability – failure to warn of risks of serious birth defects from Depakote.  Affirmed by Supreme Court of Missouri.  2017.

    $12,000,000 – Settlement – Co-Counsel in pharmaceutical product liability – failure to warn of risks of heart injuries from diabetic drug – multiple plaintiffs.  2014.

    $11,200,000 – Settlement – Lead Co-Class Counsel – consumer fraud/data breach class action.  2017.

    $7,400,000 – Settlement – Legal malpractice – trial negligence – 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.  2010.

    $7,200,000 – Verdict and Judgment – Legal malpractice – breach of fiduciary duty.  Verdict for actual and punitive damages – failure to disclose conflict of interest between client and lawyer.  2002.

    $6,000,000 – Verdict and Judgment – Co-Counsel – Negligent entrustment – 45-ton switch engine entrusted to incompetent operators, resulting in amputations.  Affirmed by Supreme Court of Missouri.  1984.

    $4,500,000 – Settlement – Medical malpractice – failure to diagnose and properly manage bacterial endocarditis resulting in profound injuries.  1994.

    $4,500,000 – Settlement – Medical malpractice/product liability – improper injection of air into intravenous portal, resulting in profound injuries.  1995.

    $4,500,000 – Settlement – Product liability.  Co-Counsel in automobile design defect case, resulting in unintended acceleration.  2014.

    $3,850,000 – Settlement – Pharmaceutical/product liability – failure to warn of side-effects of diet drug.  2005.

    $3,000,000 – Settlement – Medical malpractice – failure to timely perform Cesarean Section.  1990.

    $3,000,000 – Settlement – Medical malpractice – failure to properly manage bilirubin levels in newborn, resulting in profound injuries.  1994.

    $3,000,000 – Settlement – Legal malpractice – immigration law – Lawyer failed to properly process immigration applications.  2006.

    $3,000,000 – Verdict and Judgment – Product liability – failure to incorporate “deadman’s switch” on 5-ton asphalt roller.  Affirmed by Supreme Court of Missouri. 1987.

    $2,500,000 – Settlement – Patent legal malpractice – failure to timely file patent application.  2015.

    $2,400,000 – Settlement – Product liability – Co-Counsel with Tab Turner of Little Rock – vehicle rollover.  1998.

    $2,000,000 – Product liability – Co-Counsel with Tab Turner of Little Rock – vehicle rollover.  2000.

    $1,600,000 – Judgment and Settlement – Medical malpractice – failure to properly treat bed sores, resulting in lower leg amputation of spina bifida patient.  1997.

    $1,550,000 – Settlement – Railroad liability – Negligent delivery of defective railcar.  1994.

    $1,500,000 – Settlement – Product liability – failure to properly maintain a gas-heated, pressurized washer – burn injuries.  1994.

    $1,500,000 – Settlement – Breach of fiduciary duty – accountant’s failure to disclose conflict of interest.  2015.

    $1,000,000 – Settlement – Tractor-trailer negligence – crossed center line – closed head injuries.  1989.

    $1,000,000 – Settlement – Negligent attachment of trailer that separated from truck. 1999.

    $850,000 – Settlement – Malicious prosecution – lawyer improperly researched law  prior to institution of claims.

    $850,000 – Settlement – Product liability – Co-Counsel with Tab Turner of Little Rock – vehicle rollover.  1993.

    $750,000 – Settlement – Product liability – Co-Counsel with Tab Turner of Little Rock – vehicle rollover.  2001.

    $750,000 – Settlement – Legal malpractice – failure to inform client of applicable law and risks involved in litigation.  2012.

    $600,000 – Settlement – Legal malpractice – estate lawyer’s failure to properly disclose conflict of interest between residuary legatees.  2006.

    $565,000 – Settlement – Legal malpractice – breach of fiduciary duty – failure to advise client of conflict of interest between client and lawyer.  1999.

    $550,000 – Settlement – Security Guard Negligence – improper discharge of firearm. 2005.

    $500,000 – Settlement – Product liability – Co-Counsel with Tab Turner of Little Rock – vehicle rollover.  1996.

    $500,000 – Settlement – Product liability – Co-Counsel with Tab Turner of Little Rock – vehicle rollover.  1997.

    $450,000 – Settlement – Legal malpractice – commercial transaction – failure to record security interest in inventory collateral.  1995.

    $450,000 – Settlement – Utility Negligence – improper placement of power line.  1996.

    $442,500 – Settlement – Legal malpractice – trial negligence – failure to properly defend a claim against a bank for cattle rustling by failing to move for directed verdict and failing to file   appropriate motions to prevent the imposition of punitive damages.  2010.

    $400,000 – Verdict and Judgment – Railroad negligence – failure to properly maintain crossing lights.  1988.

    $400,000 – Settlement – Malicious prosecution against lawyers – improper joinder. 2010.

    $400,000 – Verdict and Judgment – Medical malpractice – wrongful death claim for negligent release of psychiatric patient.  1992.

    $375,000 – Settlement – Product liability – Co-Counsel with Tab Turner of Little Rock – vehicle rollover.  1995.

    $350,000 – Verdict and Judgment – Product liability – failure to warn – shattering safety glasses caused injury to factory worker’s eye.  Affirmed by Missouri Eastern District Court of Appeals.  1985.

    $325,000 – Settlement – Product liability – Co-Counsel with Tab Turner of Little Rock – vehicle rollover.  1998.

    $300,000 – Verdict and Judgment – Personal injury – premises liability.  Customer fell on shotgun pellets negligently left on floor of large retail chain store.  1998.

    $300,000 – Settlement – Medical malpractice – negligent reading of x-ray.  1997.

    $300,000 – Settlement – Product liability – Co-Counsel with Tab Turner of Little Rock – vehicle rollover.  1998.

    $300,000 – Settlement – Product liability – failure to guard nip-point.  1995.

    $270,000 – Settlement – Legal malpractice – failure to properly draft trust documents. 2017.

    $225,000 – Settlement – Product liability – Co-Counsel with Tab Turner of Little Rock – vehicle rollover.  1997.

    $205,000 – Settlement – Product liability – Co-Counsel with Tab Turner of Little Rock – vehicle rollover.  1998.

    $200,000 – Settlement – Personal injury – automobile negligence – claim against Minnesota for negligence of Highway Patrolman.  1995.

    $200,000 – Verdict and Judgment – Negligent maintenance – airplane owner failed to properly keep anti-icing equipment maintained, resulting in crash and wrongful death. Affirmed by Missouri Eastern District Court of Appeals. 1984.

    $150,000 – Settlement – Breach of fiduciary duty by stockbroker.  2017.

    $150,000 – Settlement – Medical malpractice – hospital negligence – germ control. 2000.

    $150,000 – Settlement – Product liability – Co-Counsel with Tab Turner of Little Rock – vehicle rollover.  1997

    $137,500 – Settlement – Gender harassment.  1998.

    Throughout Douglas’ 39 years of practice, he has also handled dozens of other cases resulting in verdicts and settlements in the millions of dollars, including automobile product liability seatbelt and window defect cases, tort claims against pharmaceutical manufacturers (including Phen-Fen, Vioxx, Avandia, Accutane, Depakote, Actos, Eliquis, Invokana, Fosamax, Granuflo, Testosterone, Mirena, Xarelto, and Pradaxa), and claims under the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act.  He has handled defective medical device cases (including DePuy hip implants, Essure contraceptive devices, IVC Filters, Transvaginal Mesh, negligently measured stent grafts and negligent use instruction cases), dangerous premises cases, 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, assault and battery, Civil Rights claims, and prima facie tort.  He successfully defended the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) on an appeal of a $30-million class action settlement (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.

    Continuing Legal Education

    Douglas has made presentations 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, circumstantial evidence and punitive damages.

    Education

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

    Honors and Affiliations

    Missouri Bar Lon O. Hocker Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer Award, 1988
    Missouri Lawyers Media Awards
    2016 – Plaintiff’s Attorney with the Largest Reported Verdicts and Judgments
    2017 – Plaintiff’s Attorney with a settlement in the top 5 of 2017
    Recognized by “The Best Lawyers in America”
    Recognized by St. Louis Magazine as a St. Louis Region Top Attorney
    Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
    American Bar Association
    Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
    American Association for Justice
    Lawyers Association of St. Louis

    Admitted

    Supreme Court of Missouri
    All Missouri Courts of Appeal
    All Missouri Circuit Courts
    U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
    U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
    U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
    U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

    Personal

    Douglas has four children, Lia Obata Dowd, who practices law with him, Thor Dowd, who works at Dowd & Dowd as a paralegal, Zachary Dowd who works for the public relations firm “We Are Alexander” and Clayton Dowd who is currently a first year law student at St. Louis University School of Law.  Douglas also has seven grandchildren, Griffin, Cal, Carmen, Jane, Connor, Finnegan and Theo.  He enjoys riding horses on his farm in St. Clair, Missouri, reading history and playing golf.

    NOTABLE DECISIONS FROM MISSOURI APPELLATE COURTS

    Barron v. Abbott Labs, 529 S.W.3d 795 (Mo.S.Ct. September, 2017)

    Fowler v. Park Corp., Mo., 673 S.W.2d 749 (Mo.S.Ct. 1984)

    Fahy v. Dresser Industries, Inc., 740 S.W.2d 685 (Mo.S.Ct.1987), cert. denied 108 S.Ct. 1576, 485 US 1022, 99, L.Ed. 2d 891

    Ring v. Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, 41 S.W.3d 487 (Mo.App. 2000)

    Grady v. American Optical Corp., 702 S.W.2d 911 (Mo.App. 1985)

    Martin v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 183 F.3d 770 (8th Cir. 1999)

    Weast v. Festus Flying Service, Inc., Mo.App., 680 S.W.2d 262 (Mo.App.1984)

    Politte v. Eckelkamp, 706 S.W.2d 290 (Mo.App.1986)

    Day v. Wells Fargo Guard Service Co., 711 S.W.2d 503 (Mo.S.Ct. 1986)

    Hiers v. Lemley, Mo., 834 S.W. 2d 729 (Mo.S.Ct.1992)

    State ex rel. Govero v. Kehm, 850 S.W.2d 100 (Mo.S.Ct. 1993) Writ proceeding.

    Brown v. Associated Dry Goods, 656 F.2d 306, 307 (8th Cir. 1981)

    Kiphart v. Community Federal Sav. & Loan Ass’n., 729 S.W.2d 510 (Mo.App.1987)

    Boyer v. Tilzer, 831 S.W.2d 695 (Mo.App. 1992)

    Stelzer v. Carmelite Sisters of the Devine Heart of Jesus of Missouri, 619 S.W.2d 766 (Mo.App. 1981)

    State ex rel. Abbott Laboratories v. Ohmer, S.Ct. No. 96718 (Mo.S.Ct. 2017) Writ proceeding/pending

    Mclain v. Missouri Pacfic Railroad, St. Louis, Cir. Ct. No. 862-00199 Writ proceeding in Supreme Court on Venue, Preliminary Writ dissolved 1989

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