Douglas Burrell believes that his primary focus is to be a strategic partner with his clients. It is important that he understands his client's business, the people, the problems faced, and budgetary constraints that can impact the client's ability to resolve problems. Mr. Burrell has been a practicing trial lawyer for over 24 years. He developed comprehensive experience while serving as first chair on more than 40 jury trials and more than 100 bench trials. He has also taken and defended hundreds of depositions.

His practice consists of civil defense litigation with an emphasis on wrongful death and catastrophic injury, construction law, premises liability, transportation and trucking law and product liability. Mr. Burrell uses his substantial trial experience to counsel companies in evaluating the options and strategies for trial, including the use of pre-trial mediation. He has developed particular experience with national retailers, manufacturers, companies in the food & beverage industry, commercial trucking and transportation companies, furniture and construction companies.

Mr. Burrell began his legal career in Cedar Rapids, Iowa practicing in a distinguished civil litigation firm. He later became a Prosecutor where he obtained extensive jury trial experience. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Burrell worked in the Macon, Georgia City Attorney’s office where he assisted in resolving various issues involving federal and state legislation and local ordinances.

He also participated in negotiations with the National Basketball Association to place one of the first NBA Developmental League teams in Macon, Georgia. While an undergraduate student, Mr. Burrell was a two-time letter winner on the University of Iowa football team and played in the 1986 Rose Bowl.

In addition to his role as co-chair of the Firm’s Diversity Committee, Mr. Burrell serves the legal profession in a variety of capacities. For several years he has been an active member of DRI, a national membership organization for civil defense attorneys, in-house counsel, and insurance companies. In 2017, Mr. Burrell was chosen to serve as the DRI Secretary-Treasurer. From 2013-2016, Mr. Burrell served on DRI’s National Board of Directors. Prior to that, he served for two years as Chair of DRI’s Diversity Steering Committee and was active on the planning committee for DRI’s Diversity for Success Seminar and Corporate Expo from 2007-2013. He served as Faculty from 2011-2016, serving as Chair in 2014 and 2015 for the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association’s Trial and Mediation Academy. He has served as Faculty for NITA’s Deposition Skills Program from 2010-2014. In 2013, Mr. Burrell was accepted as a member of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys,The International Association of Defense Counsel, and the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. 

Awards and Recognition:

In 2013, Mr. Burrell received the DRI Davis Carr Outstanding Committee Chair Award.

In 2016, Douglas Burrell was chosen to be part of the University of Iowa College of Law’s prominent 150 alumni for their sesquicentennial year.  This recognition shines a light on those who have made outstanding achievements near and far. Among the featured alumni are trailblazers, leaders, and people passionate of Iowa Law. He was featured in the Iowa Law  “‪#‎firstiowa: First Iowa, Then Anywhere” video which shines a spotlight on what a few alumni’s have been up to since their graduation. 

In 2016, Mr. Burrell received the DRI Richard H. Krochock Award which honors an individual who has provided exemplary leadership to the DRI Young Lawyers Committee, and who has promoted those qualities which enhance the public image of the Civil Defense Trial Lawyer.

Education


University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 1994

University of Iowa College of Business, M.B.A., 1994

University of Iowa, B.A., 1986

Court Admissions


All Georgia State and Federal Courts

All Iowa State and Federal Courts

USDC Northern, Middle and Southern Districts

Georgia Court of Appeals

Georgia Supreme Court

11th Circuit Court of Appeals

Memberships


National Bar Association

Georgia Defense Lawyers Association

Defense Research Institute

Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel

The Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

Atlanta Bar Association