Doug Melcher is a licensed attorney who has more than fifteen years of experience in the private practice of law. He focuses his practice on advising and representing individuals, small businesses, and non-profits in matters involving civil litigation in Washington, DC.
Doug advises and represents clients in a wide range of matters, including disputes concerning business relationships, real estate, and commercial transactions involving individuals, partnerships, limited liability companies, for-profit and non-profit corporations, and citizens associations. He represents clients in trial court proceedings, appeals, administrative hearings, mediation, and arbitration.
Doug has written extensively about the laws of the District of Columbia, including for his blog, currently known as D.C. Law Blog. He is also the author of Tort Claims and Defenses in the District of Columbia, which is a handbook for lawyers who need detailed technical information about the laws of the District of Columbia applicable to civil claims for assault, battery, false imprisonment / false arrest, conversion, trespass to chattel, trespass to realty, negligence (including employer negligence, legal malpractice, medical malpractice, motor vehicle negligence, premises liability, and other cases), strict liability for defective products, defamation (libel and slander), injurious falsehood, invasion of privacy, fraudulent misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, malicious prosecution, abuse of process, spoliation of evidence, loss of consortium, and other torts as well as a wide range of defenses.
Doug earned his law degree, with high honors, from The George Washington University Law School where he served as a member and editor of The George Washington Law Review. Prior to attending law school, he earned a bachelor of science degree from Syracuse University, and a master of science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Doug is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and, as such, is authorized to represent individuals and entities in proceedings before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, and agencies of the District of Columbia such as the District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings. He is also authorized to represent individuals and entities in various federal courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Doug also has been admitted pro hac vice to litigate individual cases in courts throughout the country.
Doug is proficient in Spanish and has lived in Guatemala and Peru. He currently reside in the District of Columbia.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Client Champion Award||Martindale-Hubbell||2021|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|District of Columbia Bar||Member||N/A|
|Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.||Member||N/A|
|Blog||D.C. Law Blog (more than one-hundred articles from 2011 to present)||2021|
|Book||Tort Claims and Defenses in the District of Columbia||2014|
|Law Journal||Article / CommLaw Conspectus||2000|
|Law Journal||Note / The George Washington Law Review||1998|
|Law Journal||Case Note / The George Washington Law Review||1998|
|The George Washington University Law School||JD - Juris Doctor||1999|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||MS - Master of Science||1996|
|Syracuse University||BS - Bachelor of Science||1993|
|Business Loan Dispute Case||Obtained Dismissal With Prejudice for Defendants|
|Consumer Protection Cases (more than two dozen)||Obtained Settlements for Plaintiffs|
|Jail Death Case||Obtained Seven-Figure Settlement for Plaintiff|
|Professional Malpractice Case||Obtained Confidential Settlement for Plaintiff|
|Slip-and-Fall Case||Obtained Confidential Settlement for Plaintiff|
|State-Sponsored Terrorism Case||Obtained Seven-Figure Judgment for Plaintiff|
|Motor Vehicle Negligence Case||Obtained Confidential Settlement for Plaintiff|
|Nursing Home Abuse Case||Obtained Confidential Settlement for Plaintiff|
|Sexual Abuse Cases (2)||Obtained Confidential Settlements for Plaintiffs|
|Night Club Assault Cases (2)||Obtained Confidential Settlements for Plaintiffs|
|Motorcycle Cases (3+)||Obtained Confidential Settlements for Plaintiffs|
|Real Property Partition Case||Property partition pursuant to court order and favorable subsequent settlement of accounting.|
|Defamation Case||Obtained very favorable pre-litigation settlement for client.|
|Personal Property Recovery (2 cases)||Succeeded in recovering property through pre-litigation demand (1 case) and through protracted litigation (1 case).|
|Construction Defects Case||Obtained favorable pre-litigation settlement for client.|
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