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J. Douglas Peters

J. Douglas Peters

Practice areas:

Medical Malpractice, Litigation, Class Action, Aviation

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About Me

J. Douglas Peters is a shareholder in the firm of CHARFOOS & CHRISTENSEN, P.C. He has been nationally recognized for his work in medical malpractice, especially in the areas of obstetrics/gynecology and cerebral palsy. His early work on the DES cases helped him implement ground-breaking judicial procedures in the multistate mass litigation known as Toxic Shock Syndrome, a tampon related disease. Mr. Peters joined the firm in 1975 after serving as executive director of the Fourth Ohio Area Professional Standards Review Organization, a federal agency which set the standards for medical care reimbursed by the nation's healthcare programs. His special areas of practice are obstetric malpractice, anesthesia malpractice, aviation litigation and mass disaster cases. He has been involved in numerous million dollar recoveries in these fields.

J. Douglas Peters's official biography appears in Who's Who in America. He enjoys basketball, tennis and swimming.He is married to a special education teacher.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1975

  1. Medical Malpractice: 80%
    40 years, 560 cases
  2. Litigation: 10%
    40 years, 24 cases
  3. Aviation: 5%
    34 years, 6 cases
  4. Class Action: 5%
    40 years, 35 cases



Contingent (33%)

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • Catherine L. Wolfe

    I highly endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Mr. Peters on a number of cases and he is extraordinarily gifted and talented as an attorney. His legal knowlege and instincts are the best I have ever seen. He is also wonderfully compassionate with clients. He communicates with them promptly and always has time to thoroughly and patiently answer their questions. He truly is a "Super Lawyer."


    Catherine Wolfe Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • No photo

    I endorse this lawyer. I am a member in good standing of the state of Michigan Bar. I have known Mr. Peters on a professional basis for more than thirty years. Over the years, I have called upon him to handle scores of tort cases on behalf of my clients as well as for members of my own family. Mr. Peters is known throughout the legal community as a pre-eminent medical malpractice litigator, representing chiefly injured parties and in some tragic cases, their survivors. He has authored many medical/legal treatises and dozens of articles on a wide range of legal issues. He has obtained many seven-figure verdicts and settlements for his clients and has also handled class actions involving defective medical devices. I can state without hesitation that Douglas Peters is one of the very best tort lawyers in the midwest.


    Charles Haddad Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Charfoos & Christensen, P.C.

5510 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI, 48202



MIActive And In Good Standing197508/06/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Who's Who in AmericaMarquis PublicationsN/A
Honorary Fraternity of Legal WritersSCRIBESN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Associate ProfessorWayne State University Shool of Medicine1978 - Present
Legal DirectorMichigan Medical Schools Counsel of Deans1978 - 1980
AttorneyCharfoos & Christensen, P.C.1975 - Present
Executive Director, Professional Standards Review OrganizationUS Government1974 - 1975


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Practical Lawyer ALI-ABAAssoicate Editor1978 - 1994
American Lung AssoicationBoard of Directors1978 - 1982
Committee on Medicolegal Problems, State Bar of MichiganChairman and Vice Chairman1978 - 1980
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth CircuitN/A1977 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals, First CircuitN/A1977 - Present
U.S. Court of Claims and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth CircuitN/A1977 - Present
Law Medicine and Health CareAssociate Editor1976 - 1984
American Arbitration Associationcommerical Law Arbitrator1975 - Present
Michigan Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Jane Doe as conservator for Son V Michigan Hospital & Physician$1.9 Million Dollar Settlement
Jane Doe V Food Manufacturer and Food Retailer$850,000.00 settled prior to trial

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Publication NameTitleDate
Arcadia Publishing Co.Motor City Rock and Roll: The 1960's and 1970's2008
38:7 Trial 74Evidence Based Medicine In Court2002
Trial“Causes Of Laparoscopic Injuries: A Survey2000
25:5 Trial 32Litigating the Brain Damaged Baby Case1989
Health Administration PressObstetrics/Gynecology and The Law1984
Health Administration PressAnesthesiology and the Law1983
Health Administration PressThe Law of Medical Practice in Michigan1981


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Toledo,N/AJ.D.1975
University of New HampshireN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1971