Douglas M. Poland
Fax: (608) 960.7460
Location: Madison, WI
Douglas M. Poland joined the firm of Rathje & Woodward LLC when he opened its Madison, Wisconsin office in November of 2015. Doug has first-chair trial experience in state and federal courts in Wisconsin, and has significant experience at the trial and appellate court levels in class action, mass tort and other commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts in Wisconsin, Illinois, California, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington. Doug's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, with emphasis on toxic tort, product liability, environmental, consumer fraud, breach of contract, and shareholder disputes. Doug also frequently counsels clients on regulatory and pre-litigation issues. Doug is a plenary member of the Health Physics Society and has participated in the defense of eight class-action and mass-action lawsuits brought against the operators of nuclear facilities for alleged physical injuries and property damage caused by environmental and occupational exposures to hazardous materials. He also is a member of the DRI Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee and the Product Liability Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. Doug has also been quoted numerous times in various journals and magazines such as: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Law 360, BizTimes, The Wisconsin Law Journal, Health Physics News, DRI Newsletter, and InBusiness Magazine.
While in law school, Doug served as an extern to the Hon. Ilana Diamond Rovner when she was a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Before joining the Firm, Doug was a partner in the Litigation Practice Group at the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and a shareholder in the Madison office of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.