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Douglas M. Carasso is an AV-rated senior associate with Colman Macdonald Law Group, working out of its Irvine office. His practice focuses on insurance coverage analysis and the defense of insureds in litigation based on motor-vehicle negligence, construction defect, defamation, premises liability and other civil actions.



Practice areas


  1. Insurance: 45%
  2. Personal Injury: 35%
  3. Construction: 20%

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  • Mark V. Clay

    I highly endorse Mr. Carasso. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I really want all people to contact him for help.


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    I endorse this lawyer. Douglas is a sharp witted, outside-the-box thinker who brings these attributes to the table for his clients' benefit.


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Contact info

Colman Macdonald Law Group, LLC

20 Fairbanks
Irvine, CA, 92618


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
One of Orange County's Top AttorneysOC Metro Magazine2013
One of Orange County's Top AttorneysOC Metro Magazine2012
One of Orange County's Top AttorneysOC Metro Magazine2011
One of Orange County's Top AttorneysO.C. Metro Magazine2010
One of Orange County's Top AttorneysO.C. Metro Magazine2009
Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (Callahan & Blaine)LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell2009
Highest Level of Professional Excellence - Peer Review Rated AVMartindale-Hubbell2002
Phi Beta KappaUCLA1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior AssociatePhillip Lemmons APC2013 - 2014
AttorneyHatton, Petrie & Stackler APC2012 - 2013
Senior AssociateCallahan & Blaine2004 - 2012
Senior AssociateShernoff Bidart & Darras, LLP1997 - 2004
AssociateMartin, Wilson, Fingal & MacDowell1991 - 1997
AssociateLynberg & Watkins1990 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Orange County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Colley v. Lakeside Park HOA$653,009 Jury Verdict for Plaintiff
Gehlhar v. Farmers Group, Inc.Plaintiff Verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
Orange County LawyerA Tree a Watch, and a Goalie: The Keys to Defending Plaintiff Depositions2014
Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) Forum MagazineFrom TXO to Campbell to Beckman Coulter: How Potential Damages Can Maximize Plaintiffs' Punitive Damages Recoveries2005
Los Angeles Daily JournalCampbell Isn't Death Knell for Large Punitive Damages Awards2003
The Advocate MagazineLiability of Insurance Agents and Brokers for Malpractice2003
Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) Forum MagazineFrom TXO to Campbell: How Potential Damages Can Maximize Punitive-Damage Recoveries2003
Los Angeles Daily JournalPunitive Damages in Insurance Bad-Faith: Cases After State Farm v. Campbell2003
Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) Forum MagazineInstigator's Liability for Drunk-Driving Accident2002
Business InsuranceConsider Breadth of Interruption Cover2002
Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) Forum MagazineRecovery of Business-Interruption Insurance After the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks2001
The Trial Lawyer: Journal of Strategy, Technique & Case ManagementHow to Overcome the Inevitable Motion for Summary Judgment in an Insurance Bad Faith Case2001
Los Angeles Daily JournalIn Recovery: Business-Interruption Insurance2001
Los Angeles Daily JournalInsuring Businesses Interrupted by Terrorist Attacks2001
Los Angeles Daily JournalInsurance Issue: Provider Coverage Decisions Aren't Immune from Punitive Damages2001
New York Law JournalInsuring Businesses Interrupted by Terrorist Acts2001
Bottom Line BooksContributing Author to Book "Fight Back and Win: How to Get HMOs and Health Insurance to Pay Up"1998
Orange County Lawyer MagazineHow to Take the Perfect Deposition1996
Verdictsearch publicationMICRA Revisited: The Applicability of MICRA's Limitation on Damages for Noneconomic Losses1994
Verdict - Association of Southern California Defense CounselA Brief History and Current Status of Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress1993
Healthcare Perspectives - Healthcare Professional LIability Division Farmers Insurance Group of CompaniesMICRA's Ability to Limit Damages (for Noneconomic Loss)1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Southern California Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of California - Los AngelesClassicsB.A. (Magna Cum Lauda)1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
MCLE: Legal Writing for AttorneysLegal Writing2008
"The Art and Science of Legal Writing"Legal Writing2007
Punitive Damages -- The Present State of the Law and How to Maximize Their RecoveryPunitive Damages2006
The Art of Legal Writing in CaliforniaLegal Writing2005
Insurance Law Section MeetingPunitive-Damages Recovery After State Farm v. Campbell2004
Unfair Business Practices Law SymposiumUnfair Business Practices, Punitive Damages, and Insurance Bad Faith2003
Torts - Overview for First-Year Law StudentsTorts - Practice of Law2003
MCLE SymposiumDepositions1999
MCLE ProgramHow to Take Depositions1996