Douglas M. Palais

Office Location: Richmond, VA.

Education
  • A.B. (magna cum laude), Lafayette College
  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law
Jurisdiction Licensed
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
Courts & Administrative Bodies
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
Professional & Community Activities
  • Virginia State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business, Adjunct Professor (Insurance Law)
  • Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia, Inc., Outside General Counsel
  • Virginia Chamber of Commerce – Civil Justice Committee, Past Chair
  • Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Notes & Comments Editor (1977-78)
  • Northwestern University School of Law, Instructor of Legal Writing (1977-78)
  • Northwestern Alumni Admission Council, Member
  • Virginia Financial Services Corporation, Outside General Counsel
  • Indoor Football League, Outside General Counsel
Notable Accomplishments
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®: Insurance Law (2007-present); Securities/Capital Markets Law (2010-present); Litigation-Securities (2011-present)
  • Thomson Reuters, “Virginia Super Lawyers” – Securities Litigation (2006-present)
  • Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Notes & Comments Editor (1977-78)
  • Northwestern University School of Law, Instructor of Legal Writing (1977-78)
  • Virginia Business, “Legal Elite” (2011-12)
  • Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia, Commonwealth Award (2019)

Doug is a seasoned trial lawyer and counselor with nearly 40 years of experience.  Doug concentrates his practice in Professional Liability; Errors & Omissions Defense of Insurance and Securities Professionals; Directors & Officers Liability Defense; Securities Litigation and Arbitration; Insurance Coverage and Defense;  Legal Malpractice Defense and Financial Institutions and Securities.

For decades, he has concentrated on defending a wide range of claims against professionals, including insurance licensees, attorneys and securities professionals.  His practice includes the representation of insurance agents and agencies; law firms; securities broker-dealers, registered investment advisers and individual securities brokers.  Doug is regularly listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Insurance, Securities Litigation, and Capital Markets.  He has also been recognized as a Virginia “Super Lawyer” in  the field of Insurance and Securities Litigation.

He has tried dozens of jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations in Virginia and in other jurisdictions.  In addition to trying cases in courts and before arbitration panels, Doug has extensive appellate experience in Virginia and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. A long-time member of the Virginia State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar, Doug has also handled cases in North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado.  He has also served as lead counsel to institutional and individual defendants in major multi-district cases involving insurer insolvencies and alleged securities fraud.

Doug’s practice includes handling regulatory issues before federal and state regulators, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Institution Regulatory Authority and a host of state securities and insurance regulators.  He is a 1978 graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, where he was Notes & Comments Editor of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology and an Instructor in Legal Writing.

News
Vandeventer Black Attorneys Listed as ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ of 2019
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Best Lawyers®, a respected publication that ranks attorneys based on peer review, recently announced ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ list (2019 Edition). Attorneys from Vandeventer Black LLP, were selected to receive this prestigious recognition in one or more categories. The recognized attorneys are: Norfolk, VA Christopher Ambrosio: Business Organizations (including ...
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27 Vandeventer Black Attorneys Named ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ of 2018
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Best Lawyers®, a respected publication that ranks attorneys based on peer review, recently announced ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ list (2018 Edition). Attorneys from the law offices of Vandeventer Black LLP, were selected to receive this prestigious recognition in one or more categories. The recognized attorneys are: Admiralty and Maritime ...
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25 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Named Best Lawyers In America 2017
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Attorneys from the law firm of Vandeventer Black LLP have been named Best Lawyers in America 2017, many listed in multiple specialties, for a total of 52 designations for the law firm. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” The Vandeventer Black attorneys and their specialties as ...
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Douglas Palais, Co-Author of Virginia CLE “Insurance Law in Virginia”
Douglas M. Palais co-authored Chapter 2: Agents and Brokers of the third edition of the Virginia CLE’s “Insurance Law in Virginia.” For more information on this publication please visit the Virginia CLE bookstore ...
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