Carl E. Douglas

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Carl E. Douglas
Born(1955-05-08) May 8, 1955 (age 59)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
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For the singer, see Carl Douglas.
Carl E. Douglas
Born(1955-05-08) May 8, 1955 (age 59)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Carl E. Douglas (born May 8, 1955) is an American lawyer, specializing in police misconduct cases. He is best known for being one of the defense attorneys in the O.J. Simpson murder case. Douglas completed his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.[1] He is the former managing attorney at the Law Office of Johnnie Cochran Jr, before leaving the firm to start his own firm, The Douglas Law Group, in 1998.[2] Among Douglas' other high profile clients have been: singer Michael Jackson;[3] actors Jamie Foxx and Queen Latifah; and NBA Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor.


Douglas, being the managing attorney at the Law Office of Johnnie Cochran Jr, was known in many law circles as one of Cochran's top attorneys. Douglas was viewed as Cochran's lead co-counsel, being involved with Cochran cases representing rappers Tupac Shakur[4] and Sean "Puffy" Combs; as well as Diff'rent Strokes star Todd Bridges. Within a year after leaving the Cochran firm, Douglas was one of the lawyers in the biggest verdict of 1999 in the case of Patricia Anderson vs. General Motors.[5] In the verdict, General Motors was ordered to pay a record price of $4.9 billion for damages when two women and four children were trapped inside a 1979 Chevrolet Malibu and the gas tank exploded on Christmas Eve of 1993. At the time, experts said it was the largest verdict for a personal injury case in history.[citation needed] In 1994, and again in 1999, he was honored as the "Loren Miller Lawyer of the Year" by the John M. Langston Bar Association.[citation needed] In 2007, he was honored as the Consumer Attorneys' Association of Los Angeles "Trial Lawyer of the Year".[citation needed] He now has an office in Beverly Hills, California.[citation needed]

In March 2008, Douglas filed a lawsuit in excess of $10 million against the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Department for the shooting death of Maurice Cox, an unarmed motorist, who was driving in South LA. Most of the shooting was capture on video by Alex Alonso,[6] a film maker who posted the footage on the same night.[7]

On February 12, 2009, it was reported that Douglas and Baylor would be suing the Los Angeles Clippers and the NBA, alleging race and age discrimination issues in the Clippers franchise.[8]


  1. ^ CA State Bar Records
  2. ^ O.J. Simpson trial: Key attorneys by CourtTV, CNN, March 31, 2005, retrieved February 12th, 2009.
  3. ^ Michael Jackson could face civil suit by,, June, 2005, retrieved June 26th, 2009.
  4. ^ Power of Attorney: L.A.'s Top Black Lawyers by Alvin Anol, Robledo Quindo & Lisa Collins , L.A. Focus, retrieved March 26th, 2009.
  5. ^ GM Ordered to Pay $4.9 Billion in Crash Verdict by Henry Weinstein, Eric Malnic, and Ann W. O'Neill, LA Times, July 10, 1999, retrieved February 12th, 2009.
  6. ^ Widow of man shot by police files $10-million claim by Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, March 18, 2008
  7. ^ LAPD Shoot and kill unarmed motorist in South Los Angeles by Alex Alonso,, March 3, 2008
  8. ^ Baylor: Clippers didn't reward success by Associated Press, ESPN, February 12th, 2009, retrieved February 12th, 2009.