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C. Douglas Dooley


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Tallan Building 200 W. ML King Blvd., Suite 500 Chattanooga Tennessee 37402-2566


423-424-3903 (direct)
423-308-0903 (direct fax)

423-265-0214 (local)
423-266-5490 (fax)
800-421-0979 (toll free)
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Areas of Practice

Environmental / Mass Torts
General Liability
Product Liability
Transportation Law
Insurance Coverage & Defense
Premises Liability
Workers' Compensation




McCallie School, 1980

University of Alabama, B.S., 1984

Cumberland Law School, Samford University, J.D., 1987

Honors and Awards

DRI Southern Region Director, Board of Directors (present) 

Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association (Past President) 

Fellow of Chattanooga Bar Foundation (2009)

DRI State Leadership Award (2008)

Best Lawyers in America, Listed in Litigation - Insurance and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2016- 2018)

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C. Douglas Dooley is a litigation attorney with 25 years of experience handling workers’ compensation, trucking accidents, personal injury law, insurance coverage disputes, premises liability, food borne illness cases, dram shop liability and complex litigation. Doug is regularly invited to lecture on workers’ compensation, premises liability and tort liability to risk managers, human resource administrators and insurance claims professionals across the country.

Doug is on the DRI Board of Directors as the Southern Regional Director. He is a Past President of the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association (TDLA) and was on the TDLA Board of Directors for over 10 years in addition to serving as Secretary/Treasurer and President-Elect. He is a fellow of the Chattanooga Bar Foundation and an active member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). He serves on the ALFA International Workers’ Compensation Steering Committee. Doug has been an active DRI member. He has participated on Annual Meeting Marketing Committees and has served a three year term as the DRI State Representative for Tennessee. He is also an active member of the Tennessee State Bar and Chattanooga Bar Association.

Doug is married to Julia Dooley and is the proud father of two daughters. In his community, Doug has served multiple terms as Senior Warden for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, as a Stewardship Chair and served on the vestry. He is a Past President and coach of Signal Mountain Soccer League and former board member of Habitat for Humanity. He also served on the Advisory Council to the Board of Directors for Girls Preparatory School.

Representative Client Work

Represent employers, insurance carriers and third party administrators in workers' compensation cases.

Represent businesses in Dram Shop liability cases.

Represent restaurants in food borne illness cases.

Represent insurance companies for coverage disputes and declaratory judgment actions.

Represent trucking companies in personal injury and wrongful death actions.

Represent businesses for premises liability actions and have obtained successful defense verdicts.

Represent corporations in defense of product liability cases.

Represent defendants in automobile liability cases.

Represent insurance carriers in Uninsured Motorist cases.

Represent business industry in employment matters.

Court Admissions

Tennessee; US District Court of Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee; US Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Professional Affiliations

Chattanooga Bar Association

Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association
    President (2008)
    President Elect (2007)
    Secretary/Treasurer (2006)
    Vice President East Tennessee (2004-2005)
    Board of Directors (1998-2003)

Defense Research Institute 
    Southern Region Director, Board of Directors (present)  
    Tennessee State Representative (2005-2008)
    Marketing Committee member (2006-2008)

International Association of Defense Counsel

ALFA International Workers' Compensation Steering Committee

Southern Association of Workers' Compensation Administrators

Community Involvement

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
     Former Senior Warden (2002-2004 and 2005-2008)
     served on Vestry and as Stewardship Chair

Board member Mountain Recreation Board Signal Mountain, Tennessee

Former President Signal Mountain Soccer League

Parent Council Girls Preparatory School

Former Board of Advisors Girls Preparatory School

Publications and Lectures

Mr. Dooley is regularly invited to lecture on Tennessee Workers' Compensation and tort liability to risk managers, human resource administrators and insurance claims adjusters all over the country.