Hello, my name is Doug Federspiel and I have wealth of experience from three different legal careers.
I started out as a trial lawyer, primarily commercial litigation focused on contract disputes, business valuations, partnership dissolutions and accounting, and professional liability. I litigated significant cases in our state and federal courts including many other states across the country.
From there I had the great fortune to become General Counsel for Wilkinson Corporation, a real estate investment fund manager. Acting as a Chief Legal Officer I managed in-house and outside counsel, advised the Board of Directors and sat on the company’s Investment Committee. I introduced relevant technology and created centralized data bases which saved the company time and money. I negotiated and improved the overall insurance coverage addressing risk management and reducing costs at the same time. I drafted a multi-employer 401(k) plan and a uniform employee handbook with state-specific riders.
I was fortunate enough to transition to the bench where I have been for the last decade, with my term as a Superior Court Judge ending January 10th, 2021. While I have presided over dozens of felony criminal jury trials through verdict, the majority of my work on the bench focused on civil litigation including contract disputes, professional malpractice, insurance litigation, class actions, wrongful termination and whistleblower cases.
Throughout my career I have built solid relationships with the Washington legal community. From my work on the Board for Judicial Administration, the BJA Budget and Finance Committee, the Superior Court Judges’ Association, the American Bar Association and the Advisory Committee to the Washington State Department of Commerce I have learned both the structure and the drivers of Washington’s legal system and forged lasting friendships and meaningful relationships throughout the state.
I am excited about the next stage of my career, and can bring my knowledge, experience and connections to any organization where I can help play a crucial role in its success. I thrive under pressure and work tirelessly to come up with creative solutions to business challenges and legal problems.