A fourth generation Florida native, Doug was born in Leesburg, Florida. He received his B.A. degree in political science from Stetson University in 1980. While at Stetson, Doug was President of the Student Union and a member of both the Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board honor societies.
Doug received his J.D. degree from the Florida State University College of Law in 1983, where he was a member of both the Law Review and the Moot Court team. Doug particularly distinguished himself as a Moot Court member by winning both the southern regional and national finals of Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition in 1982. Since graduating Doug has remained very active with the law school, serving on both the Alumni Board of Directors (President 1997-1998) and the Board of Visitors.
He devotes his practice entirely to commercial civil trial work, appellate matters and mediation. He is a member of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and the Academy of Trial Lawyers of America.