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  • Education
    • J.D., Drake University, 1980, with honors; Drake Law Review, Associate Notes Editor; H.G. Cartwright Writing Award
    • B.A., cum laude, Buena Vista College, 1975
Douglas Laird is the General Counsel for the Polsinelli law firm.  He has held the position of the firm’s ethics advisor and loss prevention partner since 1997.  He was named the full-time General Counsel for the firm in 2007. 

Before becoming part of firm management, Doug was primarily a products liability litigator working on automobile design safety issues for a group of manufacturers.  He was retained by one manufacturer as national co-counsel in two separate types of pattern litigation.  He represented defendants in crashworthiness and component defect cases in more than 40 states and in both state and federal courts.  He also handled commercial litigation and death penalty defense in federal and state post-conviction cases.

As part of his current duties, Doug advises the firm and individual Polsinelli attorneys on ethics and loss prevention issues.  The General Counsel’s office at Polsinelli frequently acts as defense counsel for the firm in various matters.  He often gives presentations at in-house and outside seminars on professionalism and loss prevention topics.

The Polsinelli law firm was profiled by The American Lawyer and ranked as the fastest growing U.S. law firm over a six-year period (The American Lawyer 2013 and 2014 reports).  Polsinelli is ranked as "Law Firm of the Year" in Health Care by U.S. News & World Report (November 2014), no. 1 by Modern Healthcare (June 2015) and nationally ranked by Chambers USA (May 2015).  It is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 750 attorneys in 17 offices, serving corporations, institutions, entrepreneurs and individuals nationally.  The firm can be found online at www.polsinelli.com. Polsinelli PC. In California, Polsinelli LLP.