Doug joined Larson • King as a partner in 2000 after many years with a large Twin Cities firm, where he headed a practice group and served on management committees and the board of directors. At Larson • King he has continued his trial and appellate practice in state and federal courts, with particular focus on insurance coverage matters in Minnesota, throughout the country and abroad.
Doug’s extensive experience also includes litigation of complex environmental, employment, trade secret, constitutional, regulatory, construction, franchise, and various commercial disputes.
In his insurance coverage and bad faith work, Doug has litigated and consulted on matters relating to medical devices, pharmaceuticals, building products, asbestos-containing products, Superfund liability, corrosion protection products, “products integrity” coverage, respiratory protection products, D & O liability, vehicle- and construction-related wrongful death liabilities, employment practices, and litigation and arbitration cost recovery, under policies issued by domestic, European, London market and offshore insurers.
Doug’s practice has placed him on the leading edge in dealing with trigger, allocation and other issues critical to insurance coverage for billion-dollar mass-tort liabilities, including the interplay between occurrence and claims-made coverage and the simultaneous pursuit of coverage in U.S. courts and international arbitration.
While Doug’s coverage practice has included several protracted jury trials, bench trials and dispositive motions, and state and federal appellate practice, as well as arbitration in London, he also works extensively with risk managers and in-house counsel on claims analysis and presentation and resolution of coverage without resort to litigation.
Yale Law School, LL.B., 1969
St. Olaf College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1966
American Bar Association, Member
Family Service of St. Paul, Member, Board of Directors
Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
Ramsey County Bar Association
Minnesota; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court
In re Silicone Implant Insurance Coverage Litigation, 652 N.W. 2d 46 (Minn. Ct. App. 2002); 667 N.W. 2d 405 (Minn. 2003) (trigger, allocation, insurer conduct, recovery of attorneys’ fees, and other coverage issues)
Domtar Inc. v. Niagara Fire Ins. Co., 563 N.W. 2d 724 (Minn. 1997) (environmental remediation coverage issues)
Domtar Inc. v. Niagara Fire Ins. Co., 533 N.W. 2d 25 (Minn. 1995) (personal jurisdiction over Canadian insurers)
Pillsbury Company v. National Union Fire Ins. Co., 425 N.W. 2d 244 (Minn. Ct. App. 1988) (first-party bad faith)
Minnesota v. Clover Leaf Creamery Co., 449 U.S. 456 (1981) (constitutionality of environmental legislation)