Shareholder DOUGLAS M. McINTOSH founded the firm in 1989. Having developed extensive personal experience in a wide range of areas—personal injury, product liability, commercial and professional negligence litigation, including legal, dental and medical malpractice defense, product liability and insurance coverage litigation—his current focus is on catastrophic damages and insurance coverage matters. In addition to his success as an attorney in these areas, his contributions to law have extended well beyond that role. He developed the Healthcare Law Practice Division and the Insurance Coverage Division within the firm.
Mr. McIntosh has also had the opportunity to counsel insurance companies on bad faith, professional errors and omissions, general liability and all-risk policies of insurance issues. He has also served as a testifying expert in state and federal courts in bad faith, primary, excess and reinsurance law cases. He is a state qualified arbitrator and has served as selected mediator, panel and sole arbitrator, in a number of cases. Mr. McIntosh has also authored numerous articles, published chapters on defense techniques for major publishers and has lectured frequently on a variety of topics, including trial techniques, bad faith and insurance coverage in Florida and law firm economics and business practices. He has lectured to state leaders around the country on substantive and defense trial practice issues.
His extensive involvement with impactful organizations and associations ranges from the local level to the international level. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Shepard Broad Law Center of Nova University and served as chairperson of the Broward County Bar Association Professionalism Committee for many years. At the state level, Mr. McIntosh contributed, in a variety of ways, to the Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA), a one-thousand-member organization of the civil defense bar of Florida. For that organization, he chaired the Peer Review Council, served on the Board of Directors and served as president. He has also served as a member on a number of Florida Supreme Court-appointed committees. At the national level, he is an elected member of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA). Mr. McIntosh has also been an active member of DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar, serving for five years as the appointed Florida representative as well as serving a three-year term as an elected national director on its Board of Directors. He has served on numerous other DRI committees and chaired its insurance roundtable in 2009. Finally, Mr. McIntosh serves as a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) on its professional liability, medical malpractice and admiralty law committees.
In recognition of his efforts, Mr. McIntosh has received a variety of accolades, such as the BCBA Lynn Futch Professionalism in Practice Award in 2004 and the FDLA’s highest achievement award for his state and national efforts. Additionally, he received a Peer Review Rating of “AV” by the LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and has been named a South Florida "Top Lawyer" and a "Super Lawyer" by peer publication reviews. His peers voted for his inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and one of the most respected publications in the legal profession. In 2006, he was given the St. Thomas More Society Archbishop McCarthy Award, presented to, “a member of the legal profession who has demonstrated a commitment to Catholic ideals and service to the community, parish, or profession.”
In addition to these contributions to the legal world, Mr. McIntosh also helped found Hope Outreach Center, Inc., a community outreach program in Broward County (Florida), serving as its president for many years. He received an award from the Florida Supreme Court as a guardian ad litem for children in Broward County.
He is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Florida and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.