Douglas L. Pfeifer

Partner

  • location icon Minneapolis, MN
    Wells Fargo Center
    90 7th Street, Suite 2900
    Minneapolis, MN 55402

Douglas Pfeifer is a partner in the Minneapolis office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Products Liability Practice. He practices primarily in the area of product liability, premises liability and toxic torts litigation. As a former business owner of a company which created marketing, safety and training materials for major corporations such as 3M, Toro, Metro Transit and Ecolab, Doug understands the needs of his corporate clients and the products he defends.

Doug has extensive experience representing manufacturers of water treatment systems, chemical products, chemical dispensing systems and motor vehicles in cases involving personal injury, property damage, warranty disputes and product safety issues. He has particular experience defending water service providers in claims related to Legionnaires disease and other waterborne illnesses, and has handled claims involving chemical exposure, chemical burns, and inhalation and eye injuries. Doug is also a part of the national team defending a large automotive manufacturer in its highly publicized unintended acceleration litigation. He has represented multiple manufacturing clients on all levels, from small claims court to the appellate level.

His unique background as a writer and artist enables him to find creative solutions to complex issues. He delves into the details of each claim, thoroughly investigating every aspect to confidently represent his clients in the courtroom and at the bargaining table. Doug believes that an aggressive defense should be carried out in the most civil and ethical manner possible, recognizing that many lawsuits involve parties that wish to have a continuing business relationship once the immediate issue is resolved.

In addition to his practice, Doug provides pro bono legal representation through the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota.

Publications

  • “What Manufacturers Should Know About Triclosan Findings,” Co-Author, Law360, September 2018
  • “Is New Study a Gut-Punch for Triclosan?,” Co-Author, Client Alert, July 2018
  • “What’s in the Wash? FDA Rules on Antibacterial Soaps,” Law360, January 2014

Admissions

  • State Bar Admissions
    • Minnesota
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
    • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
    • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
    • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Admissions

Minnesota

United States District Court for the District of Colorado

United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan

United States District Court for the District of Minnesota

United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Awards & Honors

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Education

William Mitchell College of Law

Juris Doctor, 2005

  • William Mitchell Law Review, Staff Member
  • Dean’s List
  • CALI Award - Business Organization; Evidence; Advocacy

American Film Institute

Directing Fellow, 1990

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Bachelor of Arts, 1987

  • Dean’s List
  • Virginia M. Binger Scholarship

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