Douglas Skelton joins Coombs & Dunlap, LLP after six years in private practice. Mr. Skelton began his legal career with the Napa County Public Defender’s Office before establishing his own Napa criminal defense office where he handled a wide range of criminal cases, from simple misdemeanors to complex felonies, both at trial and on appeal. While experienced in all criminal defense matters, Mr. Skelton specializes in driving under the influence (“DUI”) cases and corresponding Department of Motor Vehicles administrative proceedings. At Coombs & Dunlap, LLP, Mr. Skelton’s practice continues to focus on criminal and DUI defense while expanding his civil practice to involve all manner of civil litigation.
Mr. Skelton was recently recognized for his expertise by being named a Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers awarded to only 2.5% of attorneys in Northern California.
Mr. Skelton is a member of the State Bar of California, the Napa County Bar Association, and the First 5 Napa Network. He is the President of Napa Valley Networkers, Napa’s only BNI chapter. Outside of the office, he enjoys exploring the valley on two wheels and playing music and telling stories with his family. Mr. Skelton is grateful to local legendary criminal defense attorney Mervin Lernhart, who was both officemate and mentor to Mr. Skelton during his early years in private practice.
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Mastering Scientific Evidence||National College of DUI Defense||2018|
|Mastering Scientific Evidence||National College of DUI Defense||2016|
|CALI Award - Highest Grade in Class||USF Law School - Evidence Course||2010|
|Attorney||Coombs & Dunlap, LLP||2020 - Present|
|Owner/Attorney at Law||Skelton Law||2014 - 2020|
|Deputy Public Defender||Napa County Public Defender||2013 - 2014|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|California DUI Lawyers Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|National College of DUI Defense||Member||2015 - Present|
|USF School of Law||The Reality (and Consequences) of the Real ID Act for Undocumented Immigrants||2011|
|U of San Francisco SOL||JD - Juris Doctor||2012|
|Univ of La Verne||BS - Bachelor of Science||2008|
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