Douglas / Hicks Law
Carl E. Douglas is in private practice at Douglas / Hicks Law in Los Angeles. Among his many honors is his being named the Trial Lawyer of the Year for 2006 by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, the largest local association of plaintiffsâ€™ attorneys in the United States. The Association educates, connects, assists, and advocates for its nearly 3,000 members.
Mr. Douglas is the former Managing Attorney at the Law Offices of Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. where he was employed for over eleven years until opening his own practice in March 1998. Although he is perhaps best known for his successful work as the Coordinator of O.J. Simpsonâ€™s criminal defense team, Mr. Douglas now represents plaintiffs in state and federal courts in his diverse civil litigation practice. His work as a member of O.J. Simpsonâ€™s criminal defense â€œDream Teamâ€ was prominently featured in ESPNâ€™s 30 for 30 critically acclaimed, Academy Award-winning documentary, O.J.: Made In America.
While he was employed at Mr. Cochranâ€™s offices, Mr. Douglas represented scores of clients and tried dozens of cases to verdict, in a wide array of personal injury, civil rights, and criminal law matters.
Besides Mr. Simpson, Mr. Douglas has represented a broad cross-section of celebrity athletes and entertainers in several high and low profile matters including Michael Jackson, Jamie Fox, and Queen Latifah.
Since opening his own firm, Mr. Douglas has enjoyed unprecedented success as well. He represented the lead plaintiff in Patricia Anderson v. General Motors Corporation, a product liability trial where the jury returned a $4.9 billion dollar verdict, which was then the largest personal injury verdict ever awarded in United States history. He later served as the lead counsel in a seven-week trial against the Los Angeles Sheriffâ€™s Department, concerning the police death of an unarmed African-American man which returned a Plaintiff’s verdict of $8 million. His firm currently represents dozens of families across the country in wrongful death and civil rights matters whose lives have been impacted by the wrongful conduct of law enforcement officers.