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Douglas J. Chumbley

Douglas J. Chumbley



Doug Chumbley is a trial lawyer who focuses his practice on product 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, in which he has handled numerous crashworthiness claims involving seat belt systems, air bag systems, and rollovers.

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

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  • 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 the Eleventh Judicial Circuit and the Dade County Bar Association for pro bono services
  • CLE Award, Florida Defense Lawyers Association (2003–2004)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • The Florida Bar
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
    • Board of Directors
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Board of Editors, Defense Counsel Journal
    • Vice Chair, Toxic & Hazardous Substances Litigation Committee
  • Craft Beverage Lawyers Guild
    • Associate Member

Speaking Engagements

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


  • Washington and Lee University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1982)
  • Williams College (B.A., cum laude, 1978)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Florida State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida


  • Circuit Court Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida (2006–2008)
  • Visiting Associate Judge, Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal, West Palm Beach, FL (2007)


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