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I was born in Huntsville, Alabama, in my grandparents home in the Five Points area on Jan. 13, 1940, during a blizzard.  Lived in Huntsville almost my entire life except 1 year in Cheyenne, Wyoming, 1945-1947 in while my father served in the US Army during WWII.  I attended Kindergarten in Cheyenne at a time when Alabama did not have public Kindergartens; 1 year in Atlanta, Georgia, while attending Emory University; and 5 years in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, while attending undergraduate and law school.

I entered Emory U. in the fall of 1958 with a partial scholarship based on my ACT scores in math.  At Emory I was enrolled in advanced, experiential math courses on a graduate level.  In fact, when I enrolled at UofAl in 1959 I was required to take Math 101, against my wishes.  When it was time to take the final examination I had correctly answered every question during the semester, including the bonus questions, so I had a 110% score.  My professor awarded me an A++ and exempted me from taking the final examanation and asked me to assist him in grading the papers of other students.

I attended UofAl for 2 years. The 2nd semester I attended UofAl I pledged Pi Kappa Alpha in January of 1960, began Hell Week the next week and in April of 1960 I was elected to serve as SMC (president) of PiKA.  PiKA had accumulated a large debt and was insolvent  I hired an accounting firm in Tuscaloosa to establish a budget, increase the dues slightly and control expenses, without injuring the reputation of PiKA.  By the end of my term there was a surplus in the bank account and all bills were paid current.

In February of 1960 my fraternity brother and friend, Byrd Latham, of St. Petersburg, Florida, (now for many years an attonrey in Athens, Alabama) had his girl friend from Miami, Florida, introduce me to Kathryn Abbott McWhorter, from Monrgomery, Al, on a blind date.  Kathryn (now known as KAM to the followers of china painting, silversmiths, the grandchildren and their friends).  Kathryn and I had a great time together and married in August of 1962, and now have 2 sons, both of whom are attorneys at Martinson & Beason, 2 daughers-in-law and 5 grandchildren.

I entered UofAl Law School after only 3 years of college without a BS degree.

I recieved my BS from the Commerce and Business Adminsitration School at UofAl in 1963 and my J.D. from UofAl Law School in 1964.


Practice areas


  1. Car Accidents: 40%
    51 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  2. Litigation: 40%
  3. Probate: 10%
  4. Wrongful Death: 10%
    51 years, 500 cases



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    Doug is a very good attorney and highly respected by peers in Huntsville. I am happy to endorse him!


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Contact info

Martinson & Beason, PC

115 Northside Sq
Huntsville, AL, 35801-4822


ALAuthorized to practice law196411/15/2014
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
A+Better Business Bureau2009
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
Certified Civil Trial AdvocateNational Board of Trial Advocacy1993
Appted Special Judge of Madison Co Ct at age 26 in 1966 to1971Governor George Wallace of Alabama1966
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
City AttorneyCity of New Hope, AL1985 - Present
AttorneyMartinson & Beason1972 - Present
Contract AttorneyNew Hope Telephone Cooperative1964 - Present
Adminsitrative Hearing OfficerCity of Huntsville1992 - 1995
Special Attorney - Defend Landfill LawsuitSolid Waste Disposal Authority-Huntsville1990 - 1991
AttorneyNew Hope Cellular Telephone1985 - 1997
AttorneyValley Cable TV1969 - 1982
AttorneyMartinson & Manning1966 - 1972
AttorneyMartinson, Manning & White1964 - 1966
Measure Cotton, Wheat and TobaccoUS Dept of Argriculture - ASCS1957 - 1959
Draftsman - Commercial & ResidentialDick Dickson Architects, AIA1956 - 1958
Association namePosition nameDuration
Huntsville-Madison County Bar AssociationChairman of Seminar CLE1999 - 1999
Solid Waste Disposal AuthorityBoard Member1994 - 2002
National Board of Trial AdvocacyCertified-Civil Trial Advocate1993 - 2005
National Board of Trial AdvocacyCertified CivilTrial Specialist1993 - Present
Huntsville-Madison County Bar AssociationPresident1987 - 1988
Huntsville-Madison County Bar AssociationExecutive Committee1986 - 1988
Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association, Grievance CommitteeChairman1985 - 1986
Moathers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)Co-Founder of Madison County Chapter1982 - 1990
Alabama Trial Lawyers AssociationFirst Editor of News Letter1973 - 1975
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hamlin v. Norfolk Southern RailroadConfidential Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Alabama Trial Lawyers JournalMotions in Limine1985
AL Trial Lawyers Assoc.First Editor 1973 to 19751973
Alabama Trial Lawyer's AssociationEditor's Column1973
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Alabama School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1964
University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa (main campus)Commerce & Business AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science1963
Emory UniversityArts and ScienceN/A1959
Huntsville High SchoolPresident-Student Council 1957-1958N/A1958
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Summer SeminarCorporate Oppression1989
Ala Beverage Control BoardLiquor Related Torts1989
Big Sky, MontantaInsurance Guaranty Laws1988
Birmingham, ALContractural Litigation1985
CLELegal Ethics1984
Lake Tahoe, NVUninsured Motorists Laws1974
Peoples Law School - HuntsvillePersonal Injury - Death TortsN/A
Peoples Law School - HuntsvilleContractural LitigationN/A