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Douglas Corby Skelton

DUI and DWI Attorney at Napa, CA

5.0   3 reviews

also known as Doug Skelton

  • Licensed for 10 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2013
    Active No misconduct found

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About Douglas

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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.

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1211 Division St.
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Easy process and wonderful to work with
Doug made everything very easy and straightforward. He was easy to communicate with, answered all my questions, and was able to handle everything remotely, as I am not from the area.
Posted by Lynn | June 24, 2015
So grateful for Doug!
Doug Skelton is absolutely one of the best attorneys I have ever worked with! He was recommended to me by a well known attorney in Santa Rosa. I was in a tough spot and willing to try anything. It was the eve of my court date and Doug jumped right in and handled everything! He was honest with me about the outcome which looked bleak, but to my surprise he blew my expectations out of the water! I was incredibly fortunate to find Doug when I did. The outcome could have been a lot different for me and I am truly grateful for the hard work and dedication Doug exhibited. He is an honest, professional and intelligent man. Exactly the kind of attorney you want on your side. If you need an attorney that will fight for what is right and won't take no for an answer, he is the one! What Doug did for me was absolutely incredible and I am forever grateful!
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Posted by Jonathan | June 16, 2015
Thanks Doug
When i got my DUI, I was upset... myself for making a stupid mistake, also at my cousin for taking me out that night, but mainly at "the system". Why? Well... I blew a .09, and for those who have been through this, that's like .01 above the limit! Don't get me wrong, I broke the law, but I felt helpless. I heard horror stories about lawyers and about fees, corruption, etc.. Then one of my friends turned me to Doug. Doug helped me through the ease of the case, got my fine down way cheaper than people had told me and was not expensive at all. I appreciate all Doug did for me throughout the whole process. I literally felt bad for thinking about the "corruption" of the system. Much love and respect for Doug for being so easy to work with and down to earth. I know I won't go through this again, but I would highly recommend him to anyone if they have to. Thanks Doug.
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Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.8 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Coombs & Dunlap, LLP
  • 2020 - Present
  • Owner/Attorney at Law
  • Skelton Law
  • 2014 - 2020
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Napa County Public Defender
  • 2013 - 2014


  • U of San Francisco SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Univ of La Verne
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2008


  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 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


  • USF School of Law
  • The Reality (and Consequences) of the Real ID Act for Undocumented Immigrants
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Mock DUI Trial at American Canyon High School
  • DUI Trial
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (7)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is truly an expert when it comes to DUI Defense. I could not recommend him more highly."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Other
"I have known Doug for many years and I can say without hesitation that he is not only an incredible attorney, but an incredible person as well. He is entirely dedicated to his clients and he makes sure that every client gets the best representation possible. Mr. Skelton is well known in his community as a talented, passionate, and skilled litigator and prosecutors often want to avoid going to trial against him. If you are looking for a great criminal defense attorney, look no further than Doug Skelton."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug really knows his stuff. And most importantly, he really cares about his clients and the results he achieves. We work in a close-knit community and reputation is everything. His is well-deserved."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Doug years ago when he was working for the Napa Public Defender's Office. At the time he struck me as an old-school gentleman lawyer as comfortable in the courtroom as he might have been in a saloon. But his calm and confident demeanor hide a cunning and formidable litigator. I've seen Doug at work on multiple occasions, and have consistently been impressed by his ability to get his clients the results they need - every time. I recently referred a young woman to Doug for help on a complicated criminal matter. She received first-rate representation and an outcome better than I could have predicted. This man is an up-and-coming star. I endorse him with the highest confidence."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Douglas is our go-to lawyer for Napa criminal cases and north bay area expulsion hearings. Knowledge, skill, and care for his clients will keep us referring cases to Douglas."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have relied on Doug to handle several Napa matters. He is always prompt and always delivers. He is a talented young lawyer and you would do well to hire him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is a terrific lawyer. When I was mentoring him at the Public Defender's Office I saw his promise, and since hanging up his shingle he has become a complete advocate. Well respected by the judges and prosecutors, extremely professional, very intelligent in his counsel, and very much in touch with his clients' needs. You can trust Doug Skelton to serve your needs or your family member's."
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Napa DUI and DWI Lawyer Douglas Corby Skelton
Douglas Corby Skelton
DUI and DWI Attorney
Napa, CA
Licensed for 10 years