Attorney Profile


Fees Doug

222 20th Street North,
Suite 800 Birmingham, AL 35203

Born 1957, Sidney, Nebraska, Doug Fees is the Managing Attorney in The Cochran Firm’s Huntsville office. With an educational background in Mechanical Engineering and Law, Doug seeks to utilize the Tort System for both its primary social purpose of preventing accidental injury and death and secondarily, seeking fair compensation for the clients he represents. He incorporates the concepts of Safety Engineering in his daily practice of handling products, construction, and premises liability cases, as well as tractor-trailer and automobile crashes.

Doug has been interviewed by and appeared on ABC News Day One, the Learning Channel, Court TV, and periodically appears in the “Killer Fog” episode of Forensic Files, regarding information on environmental improvements as a result of the Piper v. Bowater case. Doug also was interviewed and quoted extensively in Collision on I-75 by Dr. Larry Weiss (2004), published by the American Public Health Association, Washington, DC.

Doug has lectured extensively around the country, including the Association of Trial Lawyers of America 1995 Annual Convention in New York City and the 2001 meeting of The Melvin Belli Society, as part of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America convention in Montreal, Canada. He also has lectured to various state trial lawyer associations in Atlantic City, NJ, New Orleans, Orlando, and Nashville, as well as Sandestin and Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Doug co-hosts the 21-Hour Philo Invitational Seminar held in Detroit, Michigan, at the Courtyard Downtown Detroit Marriott. The invitation only seminar is presented to approximately 60 attorneys from around the country. Doug is also a presenter of several topics on Tort Liability at that conference.

Doug received the Al Sansone Service Award, the highest award of service recognized by the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association.

Lecturer and Author
  • Legal Considerations and the Head Injured, Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, 1988 
  • Settlement Strategies: Plaintiffs Perspective, Alabama Bar Institute, 1988 
  • Carry the Burden of Proof! Alabama Trial Lawyers Association Annual Seminar, 1989 
  • Guest Lecturer at both University of Alabama and Cumberland Law Schools 
  • ATLA Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group Seminar, New Orleans, 1995 
  • Motivating Your Practice: The Courage to Persevere, Tennessee Trial Lawyers' Association, 1995 
  • Philosophy of Tort Liability, Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, 1995 
  • Motivating Your Practice: The Courage to Persevere, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, New York City, New York, 1995 
  • "Downing v. Bowater," Melvin Belli Society, with the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Montreal, 2001 
  • Tort Liability, Hazard Information Foundation, Inc., Arizona, 2003 
  • Tips, Techniques, Trends & TLC, Southern Trial Lawyers Association, 2003 
  • Motivating Your Practice: The Courage to Persevere, Southern Trial Lawyers Association, 2003 
  • DePuy Litigation Update: A Look at the State and Federal Claims - What Has Been Filed and the MDL, DePuy Hip Litigation Summit, Chicago, 2010 
  • Discovery - Personal Injury 101, National Business Institute, Alabama 2010 
  • Civil Justice System, Oakwood College, Alabama 2011 
  • Advanced Personal Injury - Mastering Your Practice, National Business Institute, Alabama 2012 
  • Analyzing and Establishing Tort Liability and Handling Experts, Alabama Association of Paralegals, 2013 
  • Accident Reconstruction/Biomechanics Tool kit for Attorneys, National Business Institute, Alabama 2015 
  • Taking on a Negligent Premises Maintenance Case, National Business Institute, Alabama 2015 
  • Motivating Your Practice: The Courage to Persevere: Piper v. Bowater; NJAJ Educational Foundation, Inc., Boardwalk Seminar, Atlantic City, NJ, 2016
  • Co-host & Lecturer: 21-Hour Philo Invitational Seminar, September 2013 - Present
Honors & Awards
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Pi Tau Sigma
  • Phi Alpha Delta, President, 1982-1983
  • Bench and Bar Mortar Board Farrah Law Society, Vice President, 1982-1983
  • Al Sansone Service Award by the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association
  • Current member of Auburn University Mechanical Engineering External Advisory Board, 2022-Present
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • Alabama State Bar Association Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association American Bar Association
  • National Bar Association
  • Alabama Trial Lawyers Association
    • Board of Governors, 1987-1988
    • Executive Committee, 1988-2010
    • Chairman, Speakers’ Bureau Committee, 1992-1996
    • Chairman, Public Relations Committee, 1989-1991
    • Chairman, Local Chapters Committee, 1988-1989; 1999-2000
  • American Association of Justice
  • Melvin M. Belli Society, Supporting Member
  • Roscoe Pound Institute, Supporting Fellow
  • B.S.M.E.  – Auburn University 
  • J.D. – University of Alabama School of Law
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