Douglas W. Alexander - Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP

Douglas W. Alexander

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008

Doug Alexander is a founding partner in the Austin office of Alexander Dubose & Townsend, the largest civil appellate law firm in Texas, with offices in Austin, Dallas, and Houston. He is widely regarded as one of the premier advocates specializing in practice before the Supreme Court of Texas. Doug has appeared in numerous proceedings before that Court, both as lead counsel and amicus counsel, and he is a frequent author and speaker on practice before that Court. Clients regularly retain him in high-stakes appellate matters, involving complex issues with substantial amounts in controversy. During his 30-year legal career, Doug has served as Chair of the Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas; Adjunct Professor of Appellate Advocacy at the University of Texas School of Law; Member of the Civil Appellate Practice Commission of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization; and Law Clerk to the Honorable John R. Brown, former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Doug has been Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1990.

Pomona CollegeBA 1975University of HoustonJ.D. 1980
American Academy of Appellate LawyersState Bar of Texas Appellate SectionTexas Supreme Court Historical Society

Case History

Formosa Plastics Corp., USA v. Kajima International, Inc.
Successfully defended $50 million judgment in the Supreme Court of Texas, in suit by one multinational corporation against another for fraud in the inducement arising out of a multi-billion-dollar construction project. 
National Plan Administrators v. National Health Insurance Co. — Successfully obtained reversal and rendition of take-nothing judgment before the Supreme Court of Texas, setting aside judgment for actual and punitive damages. Decision established that third-party administrator did not owe fiduciary duty to insurance company that it served, where the parties' relationship was governed by a written contract.  
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Johnson — Successfully obtained reversal of judgment in personal injury case, in landmark decision establishing requirements for obtaining spoliation instruction in Texas.
Universal Health Services, Inc. v. Renaissance Women's Group — Successfully obtained reversal of multi-million dollar judgment and rendition that plaintiffs take nothing in decision by Supreme Court of Texas involving the interpretation of a lease of office space to a group of physicians. 
Texas Association of Business v. Texas Air Control Board — Successfully obtained favorable decision from Supreme Court of Texas, holding that statutes authorizing administrative agencies to assess fines prior to judicial review violated the open courts guarantee of the Texas Constitution. The decision constituted a landmark in Texas for the standards it set regarding the standing of an association to prosecute claims on behalf of its members. The decision has been cited over 5,000 times.   

Client Comments

"Doug Alexander was a tremendous asset in our recent litigation in front of the Texas Supreme Court. We brought Doug into our litigation once it reached the Supreme Court and he was quickly able to digest what had happened leading up to his entry and point out the issues that were going to be important going forward. He was instrumental in our recent success."

Office Location

515 Congress Avenue, Suite 2350
Austin, TX 78701-3562
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Practice of the Austin Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Practice of the Austin Metro Area
Douglas W. Alexander has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Douglas W. Alexander has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice

Other Information

Gender: Male