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J. Douglas Peters

David W. Christensen
Ann K. Mandt
David R. Parker
J. Douglas Peters
Sandra J. Renard
Mary Pat Rosen
Born: Dover, New Hampshire, 1948
College: University of New Hampshire, B.A., cum laude, 1971
Law School: University of Toledo, J.D., 1975
Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice; Obstetric Malpractice; Drug and Medical Device Litigation; Products Liability; Legal Malpractice; Mass Torts; Complex Litigation; Consumer Class Actions; Food Poisoning; Catastrophic Auto Injury
Admissions: 1975, Michigan; 1977, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, U.S. Court of Claims and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 1998, Pennsylvania
Biography: J. Douglas Peters is a shareholder in the firm of CHARFOOS & CHRISTENSEN, P.C. He has been nationally recognized for his work in medical malpractice, especially in the areas of obstetrics/gynecology and cerebral palsy. His early work on the DES cases helped him implement ground-breaking judicial procedures in the multistate mass litigation known as Toxic Shock Syndrome, a tampon related disease. Mr. Peters joined the firm in 1975 after serving as executive director of the Fourth Ohio Area Professional Standards Review Organization, a federal agency which set the standards for medical care reimbursed by the nation's healthcare programs. His special areas of practice are obstetric malpractice, anesthesia malpractice, aviation litigation and mass disaster cases. He has been involved in numerous million dollar recoveries in these fields.

Teaching Experience:
Adjunct Associate Professor, Wayne State University School of Medicine (1979- Present);
Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Toledo College of Law (1977-88)

Associate Editor:
University of Toledo Law Review 1974-1975.

Books & Treatises:
The Law of Medical Practice in Michigan, Health Administration Press, 1981.
Legal and Ethical Aspects of Treating Critically and Terminally Ill Patients, Editor, Health Administration Press 1982.
Anesthesiology and the Law, Health Administration Press, 1983.
Obstetrics/Gynecology and The Law, Health Administration Press, 1984.
The Law of Medical Practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, The Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Co., 1984.
The Law of Medical Practice in Illinois, The Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Co., 1986.
The Law of Medical Practice in Ohio, the Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Co., 1989.
Motor City Rock and Roll: The 1960's and 1970's, Arcadia Publishing Co., 2008.

"Proving Future Lost Profits for New Businesses in the Post-Daubert Era," The Michigan Business Law Journal, Vol. XXVI, No. 2, Summer, (2006). [Ian B. Bourgoine & J. Douglas Peters]
"Evidence Based Medicine In Court," 38:7 Trial 74, (2002).
"Causes Of Laparoscopic Injuries: A Survey," Trial, May, (2000).
The History, Law and Future of. Class Actions in Michigan, 44 Wayne L Rev 135, (1998). [J. Douglas Peters & David R. Parker]
Commentary, Vascular and Visceral Injuries Associated With Lumbar Disc. Surgery: Medicolegal Implications, 49:4 Surgical Neurology 370 (1998)
"Response to Dr. Kushner's 'Call to Arms,'" 44:3 Surgical Neurology 205, (1995).
"Critique of the American Medical Association's Model Medical Liability and Practices Reform Act, 1.1 Courts, Health Science & The Law 51, (1990).
"Breast Implants: Science and Litigation" 27:11 Trial 26, (1990).
"Litigating the Brain Damaged Baby Case," 25:5 Trial 32, (1989).
"Hospital Malpractice: Eleven Theories of Direct Liability," 24:11 Trial 82, (1988).
"Reye's Syndrome," 23:11 Trial 36, (1987).
"An Empirical Analysis of the Medical and Legal Professions' Experiences and Perceptions of Medical and Legal Malpractice," 19:3 U. of Mich. J. of Law Reform 601, (1986).
"Cerebral Palsy," 20:12 Trial 34, 1984.
"Malpractice in Hospitals; Ten Theories of Direct Liability," 12:6 Law, Med. and Health Care 254, (1984).
"Amniocentesis in Medicine and Law," 20:2 Trial 54, (1984).
"Genetic Counseling and Screening," 20:1 Trial 82,
"The Elements of a Legal Malpractice Case Based on Litigation Errors," Practical Lawyer 28:53, (1982).
"A Guide to the Use of Demonstrative Evidence," 61 Michigan State Bar Journal 818, (1982).
"The Trial Lawyer's Guide to Multi-District Litigation," 17:11 Trial 76, (1981).
"Litigation Errors as a Basis for Legal Malpractice," 59:22 Michigan State Bar Journal, (1980).
"Bendectin," 16:5 Trial, 56, (1980).
"Wrongful Life: Recognizing the Defective Child's Right to a Cause of Action," 18 Duquesne Law Review, 857, (1980).
"Legal Malpractice --An Analysis of Michigan Appellate Cases," 57 Michigan State Bar Journal 367, (1978).
"How to Handle a Social Security Disability Claim", Prac. Law 24:47 (1978).
"Videotaping of Surgery For Use As Demonstrative Evidence in Medical Malpractice Litigation," 16 Duquesne Law Review, 359, (1978).
"Psychosurgery: A Case for Regulation," Detroit College of Law Review, 3:383, (1978).
"Techniques for Obtaining, Preparing and Presenting Medical Proofs," ATLA+Circuit Seminar Reference Materials 231, (1977).
"Working With Medical Experts in Personal Injury Cases," Practical Lawyer, 22:77, (1976).
The Toledo Small Claims Court: Part II, 711. To!. L. Rev. 121 (1976).
The Toledo Small Claims Court: Part I, 6 U. Tol. L. Rev. 397 (1975).
Durham, New Hampshire--A Victory for Home Rule?, 5 Ecol. L. Q. 53 (1975).
A Guide to Professional Review Organizations, Journal of the Academy of Medicine of Toledo and Lucas County; Journal of the Ramsey County Medical Society (St. Paul, Minn.); reprinted by the New York and Ohio State Medical Associations (1974) .

J. Douglas Peters's official biography appears in Who's Who in America. He enjoys painting and swimming.He is married to a special education teacher.



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