Doug's work includes responding to and litigating issues involving union organizing drives, collective bargaining, and contract interpretation, and in the mediation and arbitration of grievances. He also represents air carriers in cases arising under the whistle-blower protection provisions of the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR21).
Doug represents management before federal and state courts and administrative agencies in matters involving rights and obligations arising under a variety of federal, state and local labor and employment statutes, including RLA, AIR21, Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FMLA, and ERISA. He also counsels clients on compliance with such laws and on the labor and employment issues engendered by contemplated corporate transactions, as well as on efforts by employers in bankruptcy to reject their collective bargaining agreements. He regularly appears on behalf of air carriers before the National Mediation Board (NMB) in representation matters, including those in which it is alleged that two or more carriers constitute a single transportation system for representation purposes. Doug is a member of the Senior Editorial Board of The Railway Labor Act (BNA), the leading treatise on that statute.
Doug has spoken at and/or moderated various conferences on matters relating to issues arising under the RLA, the FMLA, and other employment laws. During law school, he was awarded Order of the Coif and served on the staff of the Georgetown Law Journal.
- In 2015, Doug successfully argued an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit of a district court decision preliminary enjoining an airline from making changes to the wages and working conditions of its pilots during negotiations with their union.
- In 2015, Doug obtained a preliminary injunction prohibiting the pilots of an airline from striking over alleged violations of the status quo during contract negotiations.
- In 2015, Doug obtained dismissal of a putative class action against an airline for violation of California wage and hour statutes, on the ground that the claims were preempted by the RLA.
- In 2014, Doug filed an action seeking to enjoin a threatened strike by non-union employees of an airline service provider over Thanksgiving, which resulted in an agreement between the parties under which no strike occurred.
- In 2012, Doug obtained a preliminary injunction prohibiting non-union employees of an airline service provider from carrying out a threatened strike that, if successful, could have shut down operations at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. On appeal, Doug argued the case before both a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and before that Court sitting en banc.
- In 2012 and again in 2014, Doug successfully represented two commonly-owned cargo/charter airlines before the NMB with respect to petitions alleging that the carriers constituted a single transportation system for representation purposes.
- In 2011-2012, Doug oversaw a team of FordHarrison attorneys in assisting a major air carrier with an organizing election among its passenger service employees.
Recent Speaking Engagements
- Speaker on "Carrier Election Campaigns," ALI Conference on Airline and Railroad Labor and Employment Law: A Comprehensive Analysis, Washington, DC (October 1-2, 2015)
- Speaker on "Hot Topics Affecting Airline Labor," 2015 Annual Meeting & Conference of ABA Forum of Air & Space Law, Marina del Rey, CA (September 17-18, 2015)
- Speaker on "The Challenging Legal Landscape for California Aviation Employers," Ius Laboris and FordHarrison Global Employment Symposium, Chicago, IL (May 7-8, 2015)
- Speaker on "Insights From the National Mediation Board: a Conversation With Board Member Nicholas C. Geale - Derivative Carriers, Mergers and More," Ius Laboris and FordHarrison Global Employment Symposium, Chicago, IL (May 7-8, 2015)
Honors and Awards
- The Best Lawyers in America – Labor and Employment Law
- BTI Client Service All-Star - 2012