Cochran Firm Huntsville

Douglas J. Fees
Managing Attorney
Born 1957, Sidney, Nebraska, Doug Fees is the managing attorney in The Cochran Firm’s Huntsville office. With an educational background in both mechanical engineering and law, Doug seeks to utilize the Tort System for both its primary social purpose of preventing accidental injury and death and secondarily, seeking fair compensation for the clients he represents. He incorporates the concepts of safety engineering in his daily practice of handling products, construction, and premises liability cases, as well as tractor-trailer and automobile accidents. Doug has been interviewed by and appeared on ABC News Day One, the Learning Channel, YouTube, Netflix and Court TV regarding information on environmental improvements as a result of the Piper v. Bowater case. Doug also was interviewed and quoted extensively in Collision on I-75 by Dr. Larry Weiss (2004), published by the American Public Health Association, Washington, D.C. Doug has lectured extensively around the country, including the Association of Trial Lawyers of America 1995 Annual Convention in New York City and the 2001 meeting of The Melvin Belli Society, as part of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America convention in Montreal, Canada. He also has lectured to various state trial lawyer associations in New Orleans, Orlando, and Nashville, as well as Sandestin and Gulf Shores, Alabama. In September of each year, Doug co-hosts the 21-Hour Philo Invitational Seminar held in Detroit, Michigan, at the Courtyard Downtown Detroit Marriott. The invitation-only seminar is presented to attorneys around the country. Doug is also a presenter of several topics on Tort Liability. Doug received the Al Sansone Service Award, the highest award of service recognized by the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a Supporting Member of the Melvin M. Belli Society and Supporting Fellow of the Roscoe Pound Institute.

Areas of Practice:
Trial Practice
Personal Injury

Bar Admissions:
Alabama State Bar, 1983

Education:
Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, B.S.M.E., 1979
University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, J.D., 1983

Leadership Honoraries
Omicron Delta Kappa
Pi Tau Sigma
Phi Alpha Delta, President, 1982-1983
Bench and Bar
Mortar Board
Farrah Law Society, Vice President, 182-1983
Al Sansone Service Award by the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association

Memberships
Alabama State Bar Association
Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association
American Bar Association
Alabama Trial Lawyers Association,

  • Board of Governors, 1987-1988
  • Executive Committee, 1988-2010
  • Chairman, Speakers’ Bureau Committee, 1992-1996
  • Chairman, Public Relations Committee, 1989-1991
  • Chairman, Local Chapters Committee, 1988-1989; 1999-2000

American Association of Justice
Alabama Association of Justice
National Trial Lawyers
Melvin M. Belli Society, Supporting Member
Roscoe Pound Institute, Supporting Fellow

Lecturer and Author
Legal Considerations and the Head Injured, Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, 1988

Settlement Strategies: Plaintiff’s Perspective, Alabama Bar Institute, 1988

Carry the Burden of Proof! Alabama Trial Lawyers Association Annual Seminar, 1989

Guest Lecturer at both University of Alabama and Cumberland Law Schools

ATLA Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group Seminar, New Orleans, 1995

Motivating Your Practice: The Courage to Persevere, Tennessee Trial Lawyers’ Association, 1995

Philosophy of Tort Liability, Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, 1995

Motivating Your Practice: The Courage to Persevere, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, New York City, New York, 1995

“Downing v. Bowater,” Melvin Belli Society, with the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Montreal, 2001

Tort Liability, Hazard Information Foundation, Inc., Arizona, 2003

Tips, Techniques, Trends & TLC, Southern Trial Lawyers Association, 2003

Motivating Your Practice: The Courage to Persevere, Southern Trial Lawyers Association, 2003

DePuy Litigation Update: A Look at the State and Federal Claims – What Has Been Filed and the MDL, DePuy Hip Litigation Summit, Chicago, 2010

Discovery – Personal Injury 101, National Business Institute, Alabama 2010

Civil Justice System, Oakwood College, Alabama 2011

Advanced Personal Injury – Mastering Your Practice, National Business Institute, Alabama 2012

Analyzing and Establishing Tort Liability and Handling Experts, Alabama Association of Paralegals, 2013

Accident Reconstruction/Biomechanics Toolkit for Attorneys, National Business Institute, Alabama 2015

Taking on a Negligent Premises Maintenance Case, National Business Institute, Alabama 2015

Motivating Your Practice: The Courage to Persevere: Piper v. Bowater; NJAJ Educational Foundation, Inc., Boardwalk Seminar, Atlantic City, NJ, 2016

Case Intake, Pre-suit Investigation, National Business Institute, Alabama 2016

Insurance Coverage Research and Negotiations with the Claims Representatives, National Business Institute, Alabama 2016

Philosophy; Philosophy, Case Analysis, and the Corporate Deposition as Illustrated by the Bowater Case; NJAJ Educational Foundation, Inc., Boardwalk Seminar, Atlantic City, NJ, 2017

Taking the Corporate Deposition, 21-Hour Philo Invitational Seminar, Detroit, Michigan, 2017