Douglas M. Poland

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Practice Areas
  • Appellate Law
  • Litigation
Education
  •  Loyola University Chicago School of Law (J.D., 1994) summa cum laude, Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society, Lead Articles Editor, Loyola Law Journal
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois/U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Judicial Extern to the Hon. Ilana D. Rovner (1992-1993)
  •  Northwestern University (B.A., 1988), departmental honors in History
Admissions
  • 1994 State of Illinois
  • 2005 State of Wisconsin
  • 1994 U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • 2001 U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • 2004 U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • 2005 U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • 2005 U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • 1994 U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • 2017 U.S. Supreme Court

Doug joined the firm and opened its Madison, Wisconsin office in November 2015. Doug has extensive trial experience in state and federal courts in Wisconsin and throughout the nation. Doug’s practice focuses on complex litigation, with an emphasis on business and contract
disputes, election and voting rights law, environmental toxic torts, products liability and consumer fraud lawsuits. Doug also frequently counsels clients on regulatory and pre-litigation issues.

Doug serves as co-lead trial counsel for plaintiffs who are challenging the Wisconsin Assembly legislative districts. The plaintiffs prevailed on their partisan gerrymandering claims before threejudge federal panels in 2012 and 2016. Doug is one of the members of the legal team who represented the respondents before the U.S. Supreme Court in Gill v. Whitford, and he is currently litigating their claims on remand to the District Court.

Doug is actively engaged in community service. Currently, he serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Downtown Madison, Inc., a non-profit membership organization that represents the interests of Madison businesses, residents, employees, and visitors. Doug also serves on several neighborhood, civic, church, and bar organizations.

Elections/Voting Rights

• Whitford, et al. v. Gill, et al. (U.S. District Court, WD Wis./U.S. Supreme Court)
• Baldus, et al. v. Brennan, et al. (U.S. District Court, ED Wis.)
• Kenosha County v. City of Kenosha (Circuit Court of Kenosha County, WI)

Consumer Fraud/Product Liability

• Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. Mortgage Law Group, LLC (U.S. District Court, WD Wis.)
• Maynard v. Abbott Laboratories (U.S. District Court, E.D. Wis.)
• Estate of Koopmeiners v. Sarah Gumm, et al. (U.S. District Court, E.D. Wis.)
• Heparin Products Liability Lawsuits (Circuit Court of Dane County, WI)
• Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company, et al. v. Paper Machine Converting Company, et al. (Circuit Court of Brown County, WI)
• In re Engine Horsepower Litigation MDL (U.S. District Court, E.D. Wis.)
• Richardson v. R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (U.S. District Court, E.D. Wis.)
• Tomberlin v. Adolph Coors, et al. (Circuit Court of Dane County, WI)
• Frances Young v. Eli Lilly, et al. (Circuit Court of Dane County, WI)
• State of Wisconsin v. Philip Morris, et al. (Circuit Court of Dane County, WI)

Toxic Tort/Environmental/Real Estate

• Country Visions Cooperative v. Archer-Daniels-Midland Company, et al. (Circuit Court of Fond du Lac County, WI)
• Global Proppant Supply v. Shadowland Holdings, et al. (Circuit Court of Juneau County, WI)
• Adkins v. Chevron Corporation, et al. (U.S. District Court, E.D. Tenn.)
• Smead, et al. v. Chr. Hansen Inc., et al. (Circuit Court of Milwaukee County, WI)
• June, et al. v. Union Carbide Corp., et al. (U.S. District Court, D. Colo.)
• Cook, et al. v. Rockwell Int’l Corp. (U.S. District Court, D. Colo.
• Thomas v. Mallett (Circuit Court of Milwaukee County, WI)
• In re U.S. Department of Energy (High Level Waste Repository)

Commercial/Dealership/Other

• Schneider v. Schneider, et al. (Circuit Court of La Crosse County, WI)
• Materials Development Supply Company v. Wildcat Companies II (private arbitration)
• Greenwood Fuels, et al. v. Baycor Fiber Products, et al. (U.S. District Court, E.D. Wis.)
• General Motors dealership litigation (State of Wisconsin Division of Hearings and Appeals)

  • Downtown Madison, Inc.

             Board Vice-Chair (2017-present)
             Board Member (2011-present)
             Chair, Ad Hoc Inclusiveness Committee (2015-2017)
             Chair, Transportation and Parking Committee (2012-2016)
             Chair, Bicycle Subcommittee (2011-2012)

  • James E. Doyle Inn of Court, Member, Programming Committee (2015-present)
  • John Knox Presbytery

            Personnel Committee (2016-present)
            Presbytery Council, Chair (2015-16)
            Presbytery Council Member (2011-2016)
            Presbytery Council Technology Committee, Chair (2011-2016)

  • Covenant Presbyterian Church
          Ruling Elder (2008-present)
          Chair, Technology Committee (2013-2016)
          Session, Ruling Elder Member (2008-2011)
  •  Vilas Neighborhood Association, Member, Edgewood/ Neighborhood Liaison Committee
    (2014-2018)
  • Monroe Street Fine Arts Center
          Board President (2012-2015)
          Board Member (2007-2015)
  • City of Madison South Capitol District Planning Committee, Citizen Member (2013-2014)
  • DRI Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee, Annual Seminar Program
    Chair (2010-2011)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Environmental, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions –             Defendants, Product Liability Litigation, 2010 – 2017)
  • Recognized as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer (2012 – 2018)

Whitford v. Gill and Ending Partisan Gerrymandering, Milwaukee Rotary Club (2016)
• South-Central Wisconsin Electronic Discovery Summit (2013)
• Yucca Mountain Update/American College of Radiology’s Appropriateness Criteria, North Central Chapter Health Physics Society Spring          Meeting (2010)
• DRI Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar (Program Chair) (2010)
• Yucca Mountain Update, North Central Chapter Health Physics Society Spring Meeting (2009)
• Radiation Litigation: An Overview and Recent Developments, Health Physics Society 53rd Annual Meeting (2008)
• What They Didn’t Teach You In Law School, Meeting of the James E. Doyle Inn of Court (2008)
• The Chemical Products Liability Trial: Winning At Every Stage (2007)
• Managing Product Liability Risk in the U.S. Marketplace Council of Great Lakes Governors’ Forum on Chinese Trade & Investment in the         Great Lakes Region (2007)
• Evidence of Juror Misconduct and Its Effect on Jury Deliberations and Verdicts,
     Meeting of the James E. Doyle and Thomas E. Fairchild Inns of Court (2007)
• Recent Developments in Radiation Litigation, Health Physics Society 51st Annual Meeting (2006)
• Recent Developments in Radiation Litigation, Health Physics Society 50th Annual Meeting (2005)

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