Douglas L. " Doug" Christian

Douglas L. " Doug" Christian

Christian Dichter & Sluga, P.C.

Recognized since 2005

Phoenix, Arizona

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Insurance Law

Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

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My practice emphasizes insurance law as well as bad faith, personal injury and commercial litigation. Born and raised in Phoenix, I have a deep connection to Arizona's people, businesses and lifestyle. It is home. I also maintain an active practice with friends and colleagues in Las Vegas through our Nevada affiliate; Christian, Kravitz, Dichter, Johnson & Sluga, P.L.L.C.. For me, after 37 years of lawyering, the practice of law remains more a profession than a business. I do the best I can each day to fix a problem, advocate for a client who needs help or give common-sense advice to someone in need of guidance. A day's work for a day's pay.

I began my career in the 1970's with a steady diet of personal injury and insurance litigation, trying cases to Arizona juries from Tucson to Flagstaff. Those experiences shaped my understanding of how our court system, lawyers, and litigants are perceived by the people of Arizona. The message I heard loud and clear is that our work is not about winning squabbles with opposing counsel, not about relentless and expensive pretrial battles, not about chest-thumping, not about talking to hear ourselves talk. It is about listening. It is about thinking toward solutions. It is about efficiently and professionally providing straight-forward, no-nonsense, look-em-in-the-eye advice and advocacy. It's not about us, it's about our clients.

I began working with my friend and partner, Steve Dichter in 1980. The cases got bigger and the stakes higher but the fundamental lessons learned in the courtrooms around Arizona continued to set our course. It was essential to reduce increasingly complex legal problems to their fundamental components. You can't fix a problem, or obtain a fair verdict on it, if you don't understand what caused the problem in the first place. Listen, think, understand, synthesize. Get it right the first time.

Steve and I share a professional philosophy that allowed us to reconnect and form our small Phoenix firm in 2005 after parting ways to work at large firms. Together with our partner Gena Sluga, we have assembled a group of bright, capable lawyers who share our philosophy. We all work together, every day, with a single goal in honest work, do it well and charge a fair price. Today, the complexity of our work continues to challenge us. Our insurance coverage practice, commercial litigation and personal injury cases allow us to share with our clients both the challenges and the rewards of high-stakes litigation. Along with national and regional clients, we continue to work with the small businesses and individuals who are vital to the growth of a vibrant local economy and help keep us connected with this place I have always called home.

  • 2800 North Central Avenue, Suite 860
    Phoenix, AZ 85004
  • English
  • Arizona State University, J.D., graduated 1975
Bar Admissions
  • Arizona, State Bar of Arizona
  • Nevada, State Bar of Nevada
  • Colorado, Colorado Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Sectioin - Fellow
  • American Bar Foundation - Fellow
  • American Board of Trial Advocates - Member
  • American Law Institute - Elected Member
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel - Past President
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers - Board of Advisors
  • Council on Litigation Management - Member
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel - Member
  • Litigation Counsel of America - Fellow

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Special Focus:
  • Bad Faith
  • COVID-19
  • Insurance
  • Best Lawyers in America, Arizona; Insurance Law, Personal Injury Defense, Commercial Litigation
  • Southwest Super Lawyer; Insurance Law
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers
  • Best of the Bar, Phoenix Business Journal; Insurance Law 2005
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Personal Injury Litigation

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