Head of White & Case's Environmental Practice Group, Doug advises clients on all aspects of environmental and land use law, including litigation, business transactions, and regulatory matters.
Over the last 35 years, Doug has tried numerous cases in state and federal court with a special emphasis on cost recovery claims and land use disputes involving wetlands and endangered species.
He has represented manufacturers, developers, and property owners in complex civil litigation and defended enforcement actions brought by federal, state, and local government agencies. He has experience litigating under the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, RCRA, CAA, NEPA, and parallel state and local government regulatory schemes. In 2003, following 11 years of litigation in federal and state courts, Doug obtained for property owners in Monroe County, Florida, the largest recovery in US history for a "temporary taking."
He has also defended numerous toxic tort cases based on alleged exposure to a variety of hazardous substances, including creosote, chlorinated solvents and mercury. A Florida Supreme Court certified mediator and qualified arbitrator, Doug mediates environmental and land use cases in multiple jurisdictions and facilitates settlements of complex environmental disputes.
Doug represents industrial and developer clients before environmental agencies on regulatory and permitting matters on a local, state and national level. His many years of experience include representing the largest solid waste company in the United States, as well as coordinating wetlands and endangered species permitting and complex land use matters in environmentally sensitive areas in Florida and other jurisdictions.
Doug also advises on environmental risks associated with business transactions. He is frequently called upon to work with the Firm's corporate partners in multibillion-dollar acquisitions, financings, stock and bond offerings and real estate deals. Much of his corporate environmental work is in the power, pharmaceutical and oil and gas industries. As head of the firm’s global environmental practice, he coordinates with lawyers from the firm’s international offices in handling cross-border business transactions involving environmental issues in multiple jurisdictions.
He frequently lectures on various environmental and land-use topics. The former chairman of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section of the Florida Bar, he has been recognized by the Florida Bar for his pro bono work for children in foster care.