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 served as 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.
Adjunct Professor, Bankruptcy Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Spring 2023
American Bankruptcy Institute, Board of Directors 2017-2023
American Bankruptcy Institute, Co-Chair, Legislation Committee 2016-2018
American College of Bankruptcy, Regent (4th Circuit and DC) 2018-2022
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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Named to "Legal Elite," Business Law, 2006-2021, Bankruptcy and Creditor's Rights, 2003-2014, 2022 Virginia Business
Selected for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America," Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy, Woodward/White, Inc., 2005-2023
Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, District of Columbia, 2016-2021, Band 2, 2022, Chambers USA
Named to “Virginia Super Lawyers,” Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2006-2022
Named to "Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers," Bankruptcy: Business, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2014-2022
Selected for inclusion in The Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers, 2020, 2022
Named "Lawyer of the Year," Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Washington, D.C., Best Lawyers, 2020
AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2020
Distinguished Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2020
Master, Walter Chandler American Inn of Court, Washington, D.C., 2013-present
Washington, D.C.'s Best Lawyers: Bankruptcy, Washingtonian Magazine, 2019, 2020
Named a Client Service "All-Star," BTI Consulting, 2018
Named "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation - Bankruptcy, Norfolk, Best Lawyers, 2015, 2017
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
Law360 Quotes Doug Foley About Third-Party Releases in Bankruptcy Cases
February 8, 2022
Lawdragon Names Five McGuireWoods Partners Leading Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers
January 27, 2022
McGuireWoods Attorneys Recognized in 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
August 19, 2021
McGuireWoods Achieves Top Rankings in Chambers USA’s 2021 Leading Lawyers Guide
May 21, 2021