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Douglas E Fierberg

Wrongful death Attorney at Traverse City, Washington, D.C. and Nationwide, MI

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About Douglas

Learn Douglas’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    32%
    The only national legal team specializing in representing victims in lawsuits involving school death and injury, hazing, college and fraternity rape and sexual assault, and serious personal injury. Recovering millions for our clients and creating institutional changes to make students, schools, and campuses safer. See more at www.schoolviolencelaw.com.

  2. Wrongful death
    32%
    The only national legal team specializing in representing victims in lawsuits involving school death and injury, hazing, college and fraternity rape and sexual assault, and serious personal injury. Recovering millions for our clients and creating institutional changes to make students, schools, and campuses safer. See more at www.schoolviolencelaw.com.

  3. Commercial real estate
    31%
    Serve as general and litigation counsel to national and local businesses and trade associations in several different industries, including mortgage lending, real estate financing, viatical and life settlements, titanium manufacturing and products, and professional personnel placement. See resume and more at http://www.schoolviolencelaw.com/

  4. Sex crime
    5%
    Attorney Fierberg has been a premier sex crime attorney for decades. Stop worrying, call him today to talk further.

Douglas E. Fierberg.  Twenty-five years ago, Mr. Fierberg expanded his Washington, D.C.-based trial practice to establish the legal practice of representing victims of school violence nationwide. The aim was to develop the premier national trial practice for victims; one superior to those developed over decades by institutions to blame and punish victims and defeat their just claims.  ;

The achievement of that goal is evidenced by:

  • Unprecedented victories on behalf of victims in state and federal courts across the country;
  • Tens and tens of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements against fraternities, schools and wrongdoers;
  • Legal concessions by institutions to make them safer and transparent;
  • Specialized accommodations for sexual assault survivors to protect their educational rights; and
  • Establishment of new legal precedent and a team of top-flight, passionate trial lawyers to aid school violence victims nationwide.

Mr. Fierberg founded the national litigation group, Schools: Violence, Misconduct, and Safety, which operates within and under the authority of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Fierberg is past President of the National Advisory Board of the National Crime Victim Bar Association. Mr. Fierberg was lead counsel for twenty families whose loved ones died or suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of the April 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech University, which resulted in a historic settlement with the Commonwealth of Virginia valued at more than $11 Million. He continues to serve as counsel for the VTV Family Outreach Foundation established by the settlement.  Identified as a SuperLawyer for many years.

Mr. Fierberg has been admitted to practice in federal, district and circuit courts serving Michigan, Maryland and the District of Columbia, and courts located in states in which he is not generally licensed to practice have allowed him to do so in order to serve as lead counsel for cases involving wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury, and complex commercial matters. This includes, among others, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Mr. Fierberg often lectures to professional legal associations, victims advocacy organizations, and universities on legal issues related to school violence and victims’ rights.  His most recent lectures include:  Harvard Law School; Gender Violence, Law and Social Justice, Litigating Against Fraternities, Schools and Students in Cases of Sexual Violence, Hazing and Other Deadly Misconduct (March, 2018; March 2015); and, National Center for Victims of Crime, Third Party Liability in Cases of Sexual Violence and Other Deadly Misconduct in Schools (December 2015).  Board Member (Current):  Women’s Resource Center, Traverse City, Michigan (“The mission of the Women’s Resource Center is to protect, shelter, and empower people impacted by domestic and sexual violence.”); Member, Senior Advisory Board (current):  Engender, Yale University (The mission of Engender is to advocate for gender-based integration of social spaces, including fraternities, and end discrimination that restricts and economic opportunities in the fraternity system to men.)

Mr. Fierberg graduated from the University of Michigan (BA, Psychology) with Class Honors in 1980, and received his law degree with Honors from The George Washington University National Law Center in 1988. He is a member of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Michigan Bar.

 

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Parents and victims justly demand that comprehensive changes be imposed upon the institutions that caused or failed to prevent their trauma. It's not always just about money. We have obtained enforceable concessions designed to make institutions safer.
Licensed for 34 years
State MI
Status Active And In Good Standing
Acquired 2012
Updated 12/26/2022
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1989
Updated 06/08/2022
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 1988
Updated 11/30/2022

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

Contact Douglas

The Fierberg National Law Group
161 East Front Street
Traverse City, Washington, D.C. and Nationwide, MI, 49684
The Fierberg National Law Group
1701 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC, 20006
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Posted by Juliette | December 26, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Executive Director
Doug Fierberg and the attorneys at the Fierberg National Law Group are amazing social justice activists; focusing on justice for survivors of violence. As a member of our Board of Directors, Doug has provided exceptional pro-bono guidance and input on a variety of matters. His prompt attention to our needs is always appreciated. This combined with decades of real-time experience have made him a valuable resource to our agency.
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Posted by Julia | December 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Passionate about his work
Doug and all of the staff we worked with for our son's hazing case were exceptional. We researched extensively before we hired Doug and his firm, but once we met him, we knew he was the most knowledgeable and experienced hazing attorney in the country. . He walked us through the toughest of times - always displaying a compassionate heart and the upmost professionalism. We always knew the status of our case, what was next and what was to come further down the road. Not only was Doug there for us during the worst of days , but he continues to support our mission of educating and saving young lives 10 years later.
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Posted by Richard | December 21, 2018
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If you have a chance to hire Doug Fierberg as your lawyer...Grab It With Both Hands!
Any client would and should be honored to have Doug Fierberg representing them. There is no more ethical person -- let alone lawyer -- that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Tireless, fearless, compassionate, well-researched...and funny! Doug checks all the boxes, but he actually and truly cares about the welfare of his clients, long after the filings are done. Doug, Jon, Karen and the rest of the team at the Fierberg National Law Group, do their best to ensure that those who've inflicted loss and harm to their clients are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. In our case, we can never recover from the loss of our child, but those who played active roles in harming him and covering it up, will have to pay a financial price. Everyone should be as lucky as the Braham Family was to be represented by a lawyer like Doug.
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Posted by Michael | December 21, 2018
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President
Doug Fierberg has represented me in a wide range of capacities - from handling zoning matters on behalf of citizens associations with which I have been associated to representing my business in contract negotiations and other legal matters. In my professional career I have yet to find an attorney with a better combination of analytic and negotiating skills and, most importantly, ethics and compassion.
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Posted by Scott | December 20, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation
Doug Fierberg was exactly what we needed during a difficult time in our lives. Doug took charge while still showing compassion towards us and helped us navigate very unfamiliar territory. We had complete confidence in Doug from the get go and that confidence held firm throughout our case. Doug’s experience was absolutely invaluable to us. It has been ten years since we worked together and we continue to have a friendly relationship to this day. I highly recommend Doug Fierberg because he has that rare gift of eye of the tiger and gentle counselor.
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Posted by Debbie, MM | December 20, 2018
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If you are looking for the best, look no further. You will not do any better than Doug Fierberg
In my deepest darkest depths of despair Doug Fierberg appeared as a beacon of light bringing me hope, and saved my life. His kindness, wisdom, expertise, and availability whenever I needed him, gave me the strength I so desperately needed to fight the biggest battle of my life after the loss of my son Matt Carrington who was killed in a water hazing while pledging a fraternity at Chico State in 2005. I am eternally grateful to Doug for everything he has done for me personally, as well as for my family as we continue to learn to maneuver through our lives without Matt. If you are looking for the best, I promise you will not be disappointed. I am honored to call him friend. Sincerely, Debbie
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Sherman, Meehan, Curtain & AIN, P.C.
  • 1988 - 2002

Education

  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • University of Michigan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980

Legal Cases

  • Victims, Virginia & Virginia Tech arising from the Virginia Tech massacre. Counsel for faculty massacred at Univ. of Alabama.
  • Tens of millions of dollars obtained in settlements and trial verdicts across the country for victims of school violence, hazing and sexual assault, including non-monetary conditions designed to make universities and school groups safer.

Associations

  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • N/A
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Crime Victim Bar Association
  • President
  • 2003 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Washington's Top Lawyers-Personal Injury
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America Conference
  • Fraternity Litigation: A Basic Primer on the Status of Violence, Injury, Death, Alcohol Misuse and Litigation Involving the Fraternity Industry
  • 2004
  • Victim Advocate
  • Representing Victims of Hazing and Other Group Violence on Campus
  • 2001
  • The School Administrator
  • Hazing Prevention Deserves Attention, Too
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • Gender Violence, Law and Social Justice Course
  • Litigating Against Fraternities, Schools and Students in Cases of Sexual Violence, Hazing and Other Deadly Misconduct
  • 2015

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Traverse City, Washington, D.C. and Nationwide Wrongful death Lawyer Douglas E Fierberg
Douglas E Fierberg
Wrongful death Attorney
Traverse City, Washington, D.C. and Nationwide, MI
Licensed for 34 years
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