Douglas B. King

Biography

Doug’s practice is almost exclusively civil litigation, typically for the defense. He has tried and defended toxic tort and chemical cases, drug and medical device product liability cases, asbestos cases, employment discrimination cases, insurance coverage cases, environmental suits, municipal liability claims, breach of contract and various commercial claims, and a wide variety of personal injury and wrongful death claims.

The heaviest concentration of Doug’s work in personal injury defense is in products liability. He was appointed to the subcommittee for mass tort litigation of the Indiana Supreme Court Rules Committee, whose mission is to develop procedures and rules to facilitate and expedite the handling of asbestos and other mass tort cases for all of Indiana. He has tried numerous jury and bench trials in state and federal courts throughout Indiana, and in other states across the country including Illinois, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Florida, resulting in a number of published decisions and landmark cases. He has defended manufacturers and distributors of a wide variety of products, devices, and substances over the last four decades.

Doug has worked with medical and scientific issues, such as diseases and birth defects allegedly resulting from exposure to asbestos, benzene, silica, coal tar pitch, polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), trichlorethelyne, vinyl chloride, gludalderhyde, formaldehyde, and various other chemicals.

Education

  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law  (J.D., summa cum laude)
  • Butler University  (B.A.)

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

Affiliations/Memberships

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, fellow
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America, fellow
  • Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council, associate member
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indiana Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana

Distinctions

  • America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for Indiana
  • Indiana Defense Lawyer of the Year by the statewide affiliate of the Defense Research Institute, Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (2003)
  • Best Lawyers® 
    • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (2013 - 2019)
    • “Lawyer of the Year”  Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants
  • Super Lawyers® (2004 - 2019)
  • Chambers USA®: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, General Commercial Litigation
  • Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Cambridge Who’s Who (V.I.P. Member)
  • The Outstanding Lawyers of America
  • Diplomat, Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (2017)
  • American Registry’s Top Attorneys in Indiana (2018)