Joel Douglas
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(213) 607-5834
jdouglas@bonnebridges.com

During his vast experience in health care litigation trial work, Joel Douglas has achieved favorable outcomes for clients facing accusations involving medical malpractice, disciplinary proceedings, insurance fraud, legal malpractice, toxic torts, and product liability.

Focus Areas
Joel has built a special reputation for his distinctive and decisive defense of contentious he-said, she-said claims, charges of sexual misconduct, and the defense of psychiatrists and other mental health specialists. In addition to civil litigation, his expertise is also recognized in administrative law, where he regularly defends physicians and health care providers before licensing agencies, hospital boards, and peer review organizations. He also has expertise in health care fraud, as well as asbestos, toxic tort and product liability litigation.

Joel's comprehensive and consummate skills encompass the entire litigation cycle, from investigation and discovery to trial and appeal. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the President of the California Academy of Attorneys for Health Care Professionals. He has served as an adjunct professor of law at Pepperdine University Law School and lectured at Loyola University School of Law and for numerous organizations. As part of the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Council of Delegates, Joel has written, sponsored and debated legislative resolutions before the Conference of Delegates of the California Bar Association.


 
Education Courts Admitted Practice Areas Associations Recognition
  • Best Lawyers — Nominated for Medical Malpractice Law & Product Liability Litigation in 2014
  • Law & Politics - Southern California Super Lawyer 2004-2014 Martindale-Hubbell - AV rating, 1977 - present Silver Dolphin District Award of Merit, Boy Scouts of America Awarded the Silver Beaver Award by Boy Scouts of America, Western Los Angeles County Council Honorary Life Membership, Associated Students/William R. Foster Honorary Life Membership; and Alumni Association Lifetime Membership, California State University, Northridge (1970) Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities (1970) St. Thomas Moore Law Honor Society (1972-1973) Cub Scouter Award, Boy Scouts of America (1992) Cubmaster Award, Boy Scouts of America (1993) Scouter's Training Award, Boy Scouts of America (1995) Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America (Brotherhood), 1995 to present Shofar Award, Western Los Angeles County Council, Jewish Committee on Scouting (1996) Wood Badge (beaded), Boy Scouts of America (1996) James E. West Award, Boy Scouts of America (1999) Scoutmaster Award of Merit, Boy Scouts of America (2000) District Award of Merit (Silver Dolphin Award), Crescent Bay District, Western Los Angeles County Council, Boy Scouts of America (2001) Outstanding Scout Leader, Crescent Bay District, Western Los Angeles County Council (2003) Extra-Miler Award, Crescent Bay District, Western Los Angeles County Council (2011) Super Lawyer recognition, Southern California Super Lawyers, 2004-2014 Super Lawyer recognition, Corporate Counsel Edition (nationwide listing), 2008-2012 AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 1979-present
    Presentations & Publications Published Decisions
    Author of Senate Bill 669, enacted in 2013, providing for training, equipping and Good Samaritan immunity for first responders, lay or professional, who administer emergency epinephrine to treat anaphylactic shock. Bus. & Prof Code sec. 1714.28; Civ Code sec. 1714.28; Health & Safety Code sec. 1797.197a. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama v. Unity Outpatient Surgery Center, 490 F.3d 718 (9th Cir. 2007) Feingersh v. Lutheran Hospital Society of Southern California, 66 Cal. App. 3d 406, 136 Cal. Rptr. 155 (1977) Greenberg v. Superior Court (Smith), 172 Cal. App. 4th 1339 (2009) Harris v. Superior Court, 188 Cal. App. 3d 475, 233 Cal. Rptr. 186 (1986) People v. Douglas, 31 Cal. App. 3d Supp. 26, 106 Cal. Rptr. 611 (1973) People ex rel. Allstate Insurance Company v. Weitzman, 107 Cal. App. 4th 534, 132 Cal. Rptr. 2d 165 (2003) Tresemer v. Barke, 86 Cal. App. 3d 656, 150 Cal. Rptr. 384, 12 A.L.R. 4th 27 (1978) Washington v. Nelson, 100 Cal. App. 3d 47, 160 Cal. Rptr. 644 (1979)
     

     

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