Douglas R. Young


Class Action
Multi District Litigation
Professional Liability

Douglas R. Young's practice involves trials and appeals in federal and state courts throughout the United States.  His expertise includes white collar defense and parallel civil and regulatory proceedings; intellectual property; and securities, unfair competition, and antitrust (including significant class action work).  Mr. Young has also served as a federal court Special Master in both complex civil cases and in multi-defendant criminal cases and, for 18 years, served by court appointment on the Federal Criminal Justice Act trial panel for the Northern District of California.
Mr. Young has earned Fellowships in the American College of Trial Lawyers (where he chaired the Federal Criminal Procedure Committee and the Northern California State Committee, and currently serves as a member of the national Board of Regents), the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, the National Trial Lawyers (Top 100 Trial Lawyers - CA), the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and the Academy of Court Appointed Masters.  He is also a Patron Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the American Law Institute and the American Judicature Society.  Mr. Young served as President of the Bar Association of San Francisco, as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, is a Master (and former President) of the McFetridge American Inn of Court, and is a former President of the Northern California Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.  He has also served on the Ninth Circuit's Advisory Committee on Rules of Practice and Operating Procedures and on the California Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Lawyer Regulation.  In 1992, he received the American Bar Association's Pro Bono Publico Award, and in 2002 he received the Criminal Justice Achievement Award from the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of Northern California.  He recently was the recipient of the D. Lowell Jensen Award for Public Service. Mr. Young is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in four categories (Appellate Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and White Collar Criminal Defense), is consistently recognized in Chambers USA in two categories (White Collar Crime and Government Investigations [Band 1] and General Commercial Litigation [Band 2]), and is listed in Who's Who Legal (International and California editions) (Business Crime).  Mr. Young is also recognized as one of the "Top 100" lawyers in Northern California Super Lawyers by Law & Politics. 
Mr. Young is a co-author of California Trial Handbook 2d, The Lawyer's Trial Handbook, andCalifornia Negotiation and Settlement Handbook.   

Honors Membership Awards

  • Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Senior Counsel, The College of Master Advocates and Barristers
  • Member, The American Law Institute
  • Member and past-President, California Academy of Appellate Lawyers
  • Lawyer Representative from the Northern District of California to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 1991-’94
  • Member, Criminal Justice Act Defense Panel, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (1986-June, 2000)
  • Appointed by Chief Judge to Ninth Circuit’s Advisory Committee on Rules of Practice and Internal Operating Procedures (28 U.S.C. § 2077)  (1993-’99)
  • Member (Master), San Francisco American Inn of Court (President, 1999-2000)
  • Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Northern
  • California Chapter (President, 2000; member, Board of Governors, 1992-2000)
  • Past President (2001), Bar Association of San Francisco (recipient, Award of Merit, 1989); (Secretary, 1998; Treasurer, 1999; President-Elect, 2000;  board member 1988-’89).


  • 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court (N.D. Cal.)
  • U.S. District Court (E.D. Cal.)
  • U.S. District Court (C.D. Cal.)
  • U.S. District Court (S.D. Cal.)
  • U.S. District Court (Hawaii)
  • Federal U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals



  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) (J.D.), Executive Editor, California Law Review; Moot Court Board
  • Yale University (B.A.), cum laude, highest honors