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 crashes

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:

Personal Injury

Automobile Crashes

Construction Accidents

Products and Premises Liability

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

Accident Reconstruction/Biomechanics Tool Kit for Attorneys, National Business Institute, Alabama 2015

Taking on a Negligent Premises Maintenance Case, National Business Institute, Alabama 2015

Co-Host & Lecturer:  21-Hour Philo Invitational Seminar, September 2013-present