Doug is the son of a United States Air Force Officer and spent his formative years growing up in the United States and around the world. In 1991, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science from Rice University. Doug graduated magna cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1994. While in law school, he published in and served on the Executive Board of Editors of the Texas Tech Law Review. After graduating, Doug took a job with a large, prominent firm specializing in defending large corporations. It didn’t take long to figure out that he didn’t want to spend his career defending the "big guy".
In 1998, Doug moved to Longview (his wife’s hometown) and immediately began helping people, instead of corporations. He quickly became a name partner in a local law firm. He noticed that there was a need for lawyers who could capably handle more significant and complicated cases. Accordingly, he focused his career on handling those cases. Most specifically, he focused on defective drug (pharmaceutical) and trucking (18 wheeler) cases.
Becoming a Defective Drug Lawyer
It became apparent that local lawyers in East Texas were not really handling defective drug cases. Often they’d advertise that they handled these cases and then refer them out to someone else. So Doug devoted years to learning how to effectively pursue defective drug suits. In 2001, he was appointed to the Plaintiff’s Liaison Committee for Fen-Phen Region 1. In this capacity, he became the de facto leader for all Fen-Phen cases in Northeast Texas.
In 2004, Doug’s trial skills were tested in a way they had never been tested before. He served as lead lawyer in two very significant Fen-Phen cases against pharmaceutical giant, Wyeth. In the first case, Wyeth hired world famous defense lawyer Dan Webb of Chicago’s legal Goliath, Winston & Strawn, to defend them. In the third week of the trial, Wyeth relented and settled for a confidential sum. In the second case, Wyeth retained Houston mega-firm Vinson & Elkins to defend them. Wyeth again relented, and just before closing arguments settled for a confidential sum.
The Monsour Law Firm
Ultimately, Doug decided it was time to start his own firm. He wanted to stream line the way he practiced law and knew the only way to accomplish that was to start fresh. So, with the help of two long-time legal assistants, he opened The Monsour Law Firm in April 2006.
Since founding The Monsour Law Firm, Doug has handled numerous pharmaceutical cases. He served as lead lawyer in a large group of Fen-Phen cases against American Home Products/Wyeth involving heart valve damage, and pulmonary hypertension caused by the diet drugs Pondimin and Redux. He represented numerous Vioxx victims against Merck, Zyprexa victims against Eli Lilly, Bextra and Celebrex Victims against Pfizer, and Trasylol victims against Bayer. He has also handled numerous Ortho-Evra cases. Stevens Johnson Syndrome cases (caused by Dilantin), and Avandia cases. He has also been counsel in defective medical device cases against Zimmer (defective hip and knee replacements) and Stryker (hip replacements).
In April 2008, Doug was appointed by United States Federal District Judge Don Middlebrooks of Southern District of Florida to serve on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee of In re Trasylol Litigation. In this capacity, Doug has traveled across America, and to Europe, investigating the conduct of Bayer concerning its drug, Trasylol . He has been responsible for taking depositions of many of the most important Bayer executives in the litigation.
In 2012, Doug was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the Transvaginal Mesh Litigation by Federal Judge Goodwin. In that capacity, Doug has taken the lead in many critical depositions against Boston Scientific Corp. and Ethicon (a Johnson and Johnson company).In August of 2014, Doug will serve as co-lead lawyer in the first Obtryx case to go to trial against Boston Scientific.
A New Need: Oil Field Lawyers
In 2008, a strange thing happened. A man walked into Doug’s office to ask for help. The man had been severely hurt while working in the oil field. He had been to see four other lawyers and all of them told him there was nothing they could do for him. Doug talked with the man at length. He was an honest, hardworking family man. And, he was seriously injured. His injuries prevented him from providing for his family. The more Doug talked with the man, the more it became apparent: the other lawyers missed something. Doug agreed to take the cases and within 18 months, made a large settlement on his client’s behalf. Since this initial conversation with the injured worker, Doug and his firm have continuously represented many hard working oil field workers who are hurt through no fault of their own. In fact, it is believed that the firm has handled more oilfield injury cases than any other firm in East Texas, if not the state of Texas.
Doug is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trail Law and has also earned the designation of Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate from the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He was inducted into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum in 2000. In 2004, 2005, 2007, 200, and 2009, Doug was selected by the Texas Monthly magazine as one of the “Rising Star” Lawyers in Texas. In 2009, the month he turned 40, Doug was informed he had been selected as a “Super Lawyer”. He was again named “Super Lawyer” in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Doug also frequently lectures at legal seminars on the topic of pharmaceutical litigation. He has spoken at Texas Tech School of Law and to various trial lawyer organizations. He has been admitted to the State Bar of Texas since 1994 and is also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Southern, and Northern Districts of Texas.
Doug Monsour loves standing up for his clients. Whether it’s taking on a large pharmaceutical company or facing a negligent petroleum company, Doug always stands firm. And, over the years, his resolve has benefited his clients with millions of dollars in recoveries.
Since 1994, Doug has been married to the former Sarah Lenhart. They have been blessed with three wonderful children, two sons and a daughter. Doug has coached his sons in T-ball, baseball, basketball and soccer. Doug’s favorite activities with his family are hunting with his sons, spending time at the lake, and traveling (with and without the children!).