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Douglas J. Chumbley

Douglas J. Chumbley

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Overview

Doug Chumbley is a trial lawyer who focuses his practice on products liability, toxic tort, and complex commercial litigation. A significant portion of his practice has been defending class actions against manufacturers, suppliers and sellers. Doug tries cases in state and federal courts. He has extensive experience in tobacco litigation in addition to automotive litigation where he has handled numerous crashworthiness claims involving seat belt systems, air bag systems, and rollovers.

In addition to automotive claims, Doug defends products liability claims involving such products as tires, commercial aircraft, scissors lifts, articulated boom lifts, scaffolding, diesel engines, industrial equipment, and all terrain vehicles. He also handles products liability matters involving consumer products such as perfumes and fragrances, photographic paper, latex gloves, pharmaceuticals, and playground equipment.

Recognition

  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Honored by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Florida Supreme Court, The Florida Bar and the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights for his representation of death row inmates
  • Honored by Metropolitan Dade County for Pro Bono Services to Dade County
  • Honored by Eleventh Judicial Circuit and the Dade County Bar Association for Pro Bono Services
  • CLE Award Recipient, Florida Defense Lawyers Association (2003-2004)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Florida Defense Lawyers Association 
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Board of Editors of the Defense Counsel Journal
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Associate Member,The Craft Beverage Lawyers Guild

Speaking Engagements

  • "Personal Jurisdiction Post-Daimler: State of Law and Strategy," IADC 2018 Midyear Meeting, La Quinta, CA (February 11, 2018)
  • “Deposing Expert Witnesses,” at the 14th Annual Florida Liability Claims Conference and Young Lawyer Conference in Orlando, FL (June 10, 2010)

Pro Bono

  • State v. Gunsby, 670 So. 2d 920 (Fla. 1996).
  • Porter v. Wainwright, 805 F.2d 930 (11th Cir. 1986).

Credentials

Education
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1982)
  • Williams College (B.A., cum laude, 1978)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • Florida State Courts

Background

  • Circuit Court Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida (2006-2008)
  • Visiting Associate Judge, Fourth District Court of Appeal, West Palm Beach, FL (2007)

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