Doug has substantial experience representing large and small creditors and debtors in a variety of business Chapter 11 proceedings throughout the United States.
He has had significant involvement in many of the largest Chapter 11 cases filed in the Eastern District of Virginia, including Toys "R" Us, Inc., Workflow Management Inc., Circuit City Stores Inc., Movie Gallery Inc., Rowe Furniture Inc., US Airways Group Inc.; AMF Bowling Worldwide Inc.; Best Products Company Inc.; Heilig-Meyers Company; Trak Auto Corporation; and FasMart Convenience Stores. He also served as chairperson of McGuireWoods’ Restructuring and Insolvency Department from September 2006 through August 2012.
In 2011, Doug was inducted into the American College of Bankruptcy (Class XXII) and is currently the Regent for the Fourth Circuit and D.C. He is certified in business bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification Standards Committee, an affiliate of the American Bankruptcy Institute. He focuses his practice on all aspects of insolvency and debtor-creditor issues and has spoken at various bankruptcy bar and trade association meetings on bankruptcy topics.
He is also a past chairperson of the Virginia State Bar Bankruptcy Law Section Board of Governors.
Following law school, Doug served as a law clerk for the Honorable Loren A. Smith, Chief Judge at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and for the Chief Judge Douglas O. Tice Jr. of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Representing large Chapter 11 debtors, committees, secured lenders, buyers, trustees, trade creditors and landlords in all areas of insolvency and debtor-creditor law.
American Bankruptcy Institute, Board of Directors 2017-present
American Bankruptcy Institute, Co-Chair, Legislation Committee 2016-2018
American College of Bankruptcy, Regent (4th Circuit and DC) 2018-present
Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy (Class XXII)
Lifetime Member & Board of Directors, American Bankruptcy Institute
Chairperson, 2012-2013; Board of Governors, Bankruptcy Law Section, Virginia State Bar, 2012-2013
Member, Bankruptcy Law Section Council, Virginia Bar Association, 2001-2004
Past President, Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association, 2002-2003
Member, Leadership Hampton Roads, Class of 2000
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AV Preeiminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2020
Distinguished Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2020
Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, District of Columbia, Chambers USA, 2016-2020
Named "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation - Bankruptcy, Norfolk, Best Lawyers, 2015, 2017, 2020
Selected for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America," Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy, Woodward/White, Inc., 2005-2020
Master, Walter Chandler American Inn of Court, Washington, D.C., 2013-present
Named to “Virginia Super Lawyers,” Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2006-2020
Named to "Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers," Bankruptcy: Business, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2014-2020
Washington, D.C.'s Best Lawyers: Bankruptcy, Washingtonian Magazine, 2019
Named a Client Service "All-Star," BTI Consulting, 2018
Named to "Legal Elite," Business Law, 2006-present and Bankruptcy and Creditor's Rights, 2003-2014, Virginia Business
Named "Norfolk Best Lawyers: Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Lawyer of the Year," Best Lawyers, 2011
Inducted into the American College of Bankruptcy Class 22, 2011
McGuireWoods Achieves Top Rankings in Chambers USA’s 2020 Leading Lawyers Guide
May 1, 2020
McGuireWoods, MWC Attend HAVEN Act Commemoration Reception at U.S. Capitol
February 26, 2020
192 McGuireWoods Attorneys Recognized in 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
August 15, 2019
McGuireWoods Earns Top Rankings in Chambers USA’s 2019 Leading Lawyers Guide
April 30, 2019