Douglas Fees

The Cochran Firm - Huntsville
401 Madison St SE
Huntsville, AL 35801-4204
(256) 536-1199

Born 1957, Sidney, Nebraska, Doug Fees is a managing partner in The Cochran Firm's Huntsville office. With an educational background in both 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 accidents.

Doug has been interviewed by and appeared on ABC News Day One, the Learning Channel, and Court TV 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, D.C.

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 New Orleans, Orlando, and Nashville, as well as Sandestin and Gulf Shores, Alabama.

On September 27-29, 2013, Doug co-hosted the 21-Hour Philo Invitational Seminar held in Detroit, Michigan, at the Courtyard Downtown Detroit Marriott. The invitation only seminar was presented to 60 attorneys from 14 different states. As part of the seminar, a Celebration of Harry Philo's Work was held on the Friday evening of the seminar where many of Harry's partners, paralegals, family and friends, enjoyed good food and drink, and shared many memories of Harry, who passed away in May, 2012. Doug was also a presenter of several topics on Tort Liability.

Doug received the Al Sansone Service Award, the highest award of service recognized by the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a Supporting Member of the Melvin M. Belli Society and Supporting Fellow of the Roscoe Pound Institute.

Areas of Practice:

Trial Practice
Personal Injury
Environmental Injuries

Bar Admissions:

Alabama State Bar, 1983


Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, B.S.M.E., 1979
University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, J.D., 1983


Leadership Honoraries
Omicron Delta Kappa
Pi Tau Sigma
Phi Alpha Delta, President, 1982-1983
Bench and Bar
Mortar Board
Farrah Law Society, Vice President, 182-1983
Al Sansone Service Award by the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association


Alabama State Bar Association
Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association
American 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
Alabama Association of Justice
National Trial Lawyers
Melvin M. Belli Society, Supporting Member
Roscoe Pound Institute, Supporting Fellow

Lecturer and Author

Legal Considerations and the Head Injured, Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, 1988
Settlement Strategies: Plaintiff's 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
Motivating Your Practice: The Courage to Persevere: Piper v. Bowater; NJAJ Educational Foundation, Inc., Boardwalk Seminar, Atlantic City, NJ, 2016