Doug practices primarily in construction law, helping construction industry stakeholders with dispute resolution, litigation, contract drafting, negotiation, and insurance coverage matters. He also defends contractors and other companies against citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA), and other similar regulatory agencies, including having argued an appeal to the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Review Board.

Doug has a strong background in the construction industry, including a B.S. in construction management and almost 10 years as a remodeling contractor. Prior to joining Moss & Barnett, Doug practiced construction law with a law firm representing and advising general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, developers, architects, and engineers in transactions and disputes involving residential buildings and developments, commercial projects, and industrial buildings. Before that, he worked under the general counsel of a large Minneapolis general contractor, where he gained exposure to many legal and business matters. In addition, Doug served as a judicial extern for Minnesota Fourth Judicial District Court judges Denise Reilly and Laurie Miller. This prior experience gives Doug a unique perspective on what is important to a company and its owners.

Experience

  • Obtained complete defense verdict for general contractor in arbitration with property owner and subcontractor concerning alleged construction defects.
  • Represented large general contractor in mechanic’s lien action against developer in Phoenix, Arizona, involving issues including unforeseen conditions, deficient design, alleged construction defects, delays, and constructive acceleration damages.
  • Represented multiple subcontractor plaintiffs and obtained summary judgment ruling in clients’ favor in lawsuit asserting mechanic’s lien claims against the property owner and breach of contract and Prompt Payment Act violation claims against the general contractor.
  • Represented large industrial contractor in arbitration against upstream parties for nonpayment, delay, and cardinal changes.
  • Prevailed on summary judgment motion, resulting in full dismissal of general contractor client in construction defect action.
  • Defeated Rule 12 motion to dismiss brought by state agency in North Dakota state court.
  • Defeated Rule 12 motion to dismiss in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.
  • Obtained full vacation or significant classification reductions of citations by OSHA and MNOSHA for multiple clients.
  • Argued an appeal of a MNOSHA citation before the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Review Board.

Credentials

Education

William Mitchell College of Law, J.D.; magna cum laude

Minnesota State University at Moorhead, B.S., Construction Management

Classes / Seminars Taught

  • Construction Law for Construction Management Students: Common Legal Issues Every Project Manager Will Face – Minnesota State University of Moorhead, Construction Management Capstone Class, 2013

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota

News & Insights

Publications

  • Construction Litigation Desk Reference
    Defense Research Institute, 01.01.2016
  • Navigating the Duty to Defend in Construction Contracts: Where Does Minnesota Stand?
    Minnesota Defense Magazine (Fall edition, 2014), 11.01.2014

Affiliations

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) – Construction Law Section
  • Member, Construction Financial Management Association – CFMA Scholarship Committee
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Community Involvement

  • Independent Elderly Service Day
  • Habitat for Humanity with MSBA’s Construction Law Section
  • Humane Society Walk for Animals
  • Jeremiah Program – Late-Night Leap
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