David L. Douglass

David L. Douglass (Washington, District of Columbia)

David L. Douglass

Attorney in Washington, DC
Mr. David Douglass is a partner in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Areas of Practice

For more than two decades David has drawn on his prosecutorial and trial experience to advise and represent life sciences companies, health care providers, payers and government contractors on compliance and risk management, defense of government investigations, litigation and, of course, trial. David has represented numerous companies and individuals in criminal and civil, False Claims Act (whistleblower), investigations and litigation. David has been lead trial counsel in federal courts, including Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Indianapolis and New York. In 2006 he successfully defended the first False Claims Act lawsuit brought against a private contractor, CusterBattles LLC, for work performed for the Coalition Provisional Authority. He was the past Chair of the ABA Health Law Section.

A substantial part of David's practice consists of drawing upon his experience to strengthen his clients' compliance and risk management programs. In an era of unprecedented scrutiny by regulatory agencies, enforcement officials and potential whistleblowers, compliance and litigation risk management plans are an integral part of a sound business plan. By working closely with his clients to understand their risks, needs, resources and objectives, David helps them develop and implement practical risk management measures designed to reduce the risk of civil and criminal liability as well as the business disruption that can result from an investigation.

Even the best risk management plan cannot completely prevent investigations and litigation, however. When they do occur David draws upon his experience as a former prosecutor and experienced trial attorney to diagnose the nature of the investigation, triage the immediate needs and develop a sound litigation plan based on the company's resources, needs and business objectives.

David is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. The College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province.

David has led two high-profile government investigations. In 1994, he served as executive director of the White House Security Review, which resulted in the closing of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House. In 1993 he served as assistant director of the Treasury Department's investigation of the raid on the David Koresh compound in Waco, Texas. David served as DOJ Trial Attorney, the Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section. Prior to that he was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.

David has taught Advanced Evidence as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School and Trial Advocacy at Harvard Law School. He has written and lectured on government enforcement issues as they affect health care providers, pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers.

David currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, an organization comprised of corporations, law firms and attorneys devoted to driving real progress toward creating a more inclusive legal profession through comprehensive outreach and original programming to replace barriers with bridges between legal, judicial, professional, educational and governmental institutions. David previously served on the board of Appleseed Foundation, a nonprofit network of 17 public interest justice centers in the United States and Mexico dedicated to building a society in which opportunities are genuine, access to the law is universal and equal, and government advances the public interest.


•American College of Trial Lawyers

Super Lawyers, 2007, 2010, 2014

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Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade
  • Litigation
  • White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations
  • Healthcare
  • Life Sciences and FDA

Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Admission Details
Admitted in 1985, Massachusetts
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Law School Attended
Harvard Law School
Class of 1985
cum laude
University Attended
Yale University
Class of 1981
Associations & Memberships


•American Bar Association: Health Law Section, Fraud and Abuse Interest Group - Vice Chair; Administrative Law Section, Criminal Process Committee - Member and former Co-Chair

•DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar: Government Enforcement and Corporate Compliance Committee - Chair

•The Bar Association of the District of Columbia

•Advisory Board of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession - Member

•National Bar Association

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Contact Information

Contact Information
Firm Address
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Eleventh Floor East, 1300 I Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20005-3314
Office Information
Office Information
David L. Douglass
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Eleventh Floor East, 1300 I Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20005-3314

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP (Washington, District of Columbia)