Douglas R. Young

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Douglas R. Young's practice emphasizes trials, appeals, investigations and related matters in federal and state courts throughout the United States.  His expertise includes white collar defense and parallel civil and regulatory proceedings; intellectual property; and securities, unfair competition, and antitrust (including significant class action work).  Mr. Young has also served as a federal court Special Master in both complex civil cases and in multi-defendant criminal cases and, for 18 years, served by court appointment on the Federal Criminal Justice Act trial panel for the Northern District of California. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Mr. Young has earned Fellowships in the American College of Trial Lawyers (where he chaired the Federal Criminal Procedure Committee and the Northern California State Committee, and served on the national Board of Regents), the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, the National Trial Lawyers (Top 100 Trial Lawyers – CA), the American and California Academies of Appellate Lawyers, Litigation Counsel of America, the Academy of Court Appointed Masters and the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys.  He is also a Patron Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the American Law Institute and the American Judicature Society. 

Mr. Young served as President of the Bar Association of San Francisco, as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, is a Master (and former President) of the McFetridge American Inn of Court, and is a former President of the Northern California Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.  He has also served on the Ninth Circuit’s Advisory Committee on Rules of Practice and Operating Procedures and on the California Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Lawyer Regulation. 

He is a recipient of  the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award, the Criminal Justice Achievement Award from the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of Northern California, the D. Lowell Jensen award for Contributions to the Criminal Bar in recognition of his contributions to the Bay Area criminal law bar, and the Distinguished Jurisprudence Award from the Anti-Defamation League.  

Mr. Young is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in six categories (Appellate Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Antitrust, Litigation – Securities and White Collar Criminal Defense) and named the Best Lawyers 2014 San Francisco Litigation - Securities “Lawyer of the Year,” is consistently recognized in Chambers USA in two categories (White Collar Crime and Government Investigations [Band 1] and General Commercial Litigation [Band 2]), and is listed in Who’s Who Legal (International and California editions) (Business Crime).  Mr. Young is also recognized as a “Top 100” Northern California Super Lawyer by Law & Politics.

Mr. Young is a co-author of California Trial Handbook 2d, The Lawyer's Trial Handbook, and California Negotiation and Settlement Handbook.   


  • Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Fellow, National Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow, Academy of Court Appointed Masters
  • Patron Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Member, American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • Member, The American Law Institute
  • Member, American Judicature Society
  • Member and past-President, California Academy of Appellate Lawyers
  • Lawyer Representative from the Northern District of California to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Member, Criminal Justice Act Defense Panel, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (1986-June, 2000)
  • Appointed by Chief Judge to Ninth Circuit’s Advisory Committee on Rules of Practice and Internal Operating Procedures (28 U.S.C. § 2077)  (1993-’99)
  • Member (Master), San Francisco American Inn of Court (President, 1999-2000)
  • Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Northern California Chapter (President, 2000; member, Board of Governors, 1992-2000)
  • Past President (2001), Bar Association of San Francisco (recipient, Award of Merit, 1989); (Secretary, 1998; Treasurer, 1999; President-Elect, 2000;  board member 1988-’89).
  • International Legal Exchanges: Trial and Appellate Advocacy Projects, 1989-’94.  State Department task forces (under awards of Academic Specialist Grants by United States Information Agency or sponsorship by Agency for International Development) in administration of justice legal exchange projects in Uruguay, Mexico, Panama, Egypt, and Bolivia, with protocol visits to Argentina, Chile, and Greece
  • Founding Chair, Litigation Section, Bar Association of San Francisco, 1989
  • Board member and Secretary, Institute for the Study and Development of Legal Systems.
  • Appointed by Chief Justice to Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Lawyer Regulation
  • Board Member, Nina Ireland Lung Disease Program, University of California san Francisco (2012-present)


  • Five times appointed Special Master in federal litigation
  • Judge Pro Tem: San Francisco Superior Court
  • Counsel to Ninth Circuit Special Committee under 28 U.S.C. § 353(1) (2012)

Public Interest

  • Co-founder, Berkeley Law Foundation (a public interest law foundation); Board Member, 1977-’78; Chairperson of Board, 1978-’79 (recipient, Award of Appreciation, 1983)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Legal Aid Society of San Francisco, 1981-present; Treasurer, 1988-’90; Vice President, 1991-’93; President, 1993-’95
  • Member, Board of Directors, Public Interest Clearinghouse, 1981-’88; Chairperson of Board, 1987-’88 (recipient, Award of Appreciation, 1989)
  • Member, Board of Directors (1988-’91), and Cooperating Attorney (pro bono counsel) American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California
  • Chair, Attorneys’ Task Force for Children, Legal Services for Children, 1987-’88
  • Member, Legal Advocates, Native American Rights Fund, 1989-’91;  Peta Uha Council, 1998 
  • Member, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of San Francisco
  • Recipient (1991), California State Bar/California Appellate Project Award of Appreciation for work as appointed counsel in death penalty cases
  • Recipient (1992), American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award
  • Recipient (2002), Criminal Justice Achievement Award, Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of Northern California
  • Recipient (2012), D. Lowell Jensen award for Contributions to the Criminal Bar in recognition of contributions to the Bay Area criminal law bar
  • Recipient (2012), Distinguished Jurisprudence Award from the Anti-Defamation League


  • Faculty:  National Institute for Trial Advocacy; Hastings College of Advocacy; California Continuing Education of the Bar; Practising Law Institute; Litigation Section of the State Bar of California;  Price Waterhouse/NITA Expert Witness Seminars; The Rutter Group; Federal Practice Program of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California; California Appellate Project; CACJ/CPDA Criminal Law Seminars; Federal Public Defender/CJA Seminars;  ABA White Collar Crime Institute;  ABA Institute on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; Association of Business Trial Lawyers Annual Institute
  • Visiting Lecturer in Law, School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California at Berkeley -- 1986 (Evidence Advocacy), 1990 (Advanced Appellate Advocacy), and 1991 (Advanced Appellate Advocacy)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law, Hastings College of the Law, 1990-’91
  • Miscellaneous other educational panels, lectures, etc.


  • Purver, Young & Davis, California Trial Handbook 2d (Bancroft-Whitney, 1987); California Trial Handbook 3d, (Bancroft-Whitney, 1992) (with Honorable Richard P. Byrne as additional author)
  • Purver, Young, Davis & Kerper, The Trial Lawyer’s Book: Preparing and Winning Cases (Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Co., 1990)
  • Lynch, Young, Taylor, Purver & Davis, Negotiation and Settlement for California Lawyers and Judges (Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company, 1991) 
  • Lynch, Reed, Young, Taylor, Purver & Davis, Negotiation and Settlement (Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company, 1992)
  • Young, “Rethinking The Specific-General Intent Doctrine in California Criminal Law,” 63 Cal.L.Rev. 1352 (1976)
  • Young, “Attorney-Client Privilege in Federal Courts”, CEB Federal Practice Institute (California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1991-’99 editions)
  • Young, “Entrapment in Federal Bribery and Corruption Cases”, Complex Crime Journal (ABA 1994)
  • Young, “Advising the Corporate Client on the Duty to Preserve Electronic Evidence”, White Collar Crime Institute 2001 (ABA 2001)
  • Young, "Handling Federal Criminal Cases with Parallel Proceedings"  1997 Federal Practice Manual (California Attorneys for Criminal Justice 1997) 1
  • Young, “Advising the Corporate Client on the Duty to Preserve Electronic Evidence”, White Collar Crime Institute 2001 (ABA 2001) at T-19
  • Young and Mann, "Litigation and Resolution of Complex Class Actions: Increased Scrutiny and Liability for Attorneys and Accountants and Internal Investigations in the Sarbanes-Oxley Era" 14th Annual Institute: Litigation and Resolution of Class Actions  (Glasser Legal Works 2005) at 393
  • Young and Mann, "Investigation and Enforcement: Selected Issues Related to Internal Investigations, Enforcement Actions, and Wells Submissions" 7th Annual SEC Disclosure, Accounting & Enforcement Conference (Glasser LegalWorks 2005)
  • Young, "Issues General Counsel Must Consider in Navigating the Rubric of the SEC's "Reporting Up" Requirements",  Internal Investigations CLE International 2005) at B2-1
  • Young, “Shifting Boundaries” 8K Magazine (White Collar Crime Section), Fall 2006 at 34
  • Young and Nall, “Considerations When Conducting an Internal Investigation”, The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act:  Coping with Heightened Enforcement Rules, (Practising Law Institute 2008) at 317; Young, Nall and Padian (Practising Law Institute 2009) at 429
  • Young and Nall, “White-Collar Case Strategies in the Public and Non-Public Spheres”, White Collar Case Strategies: Leading Lawyers on Developing Winning Strategies, Communicating With Clients, and Navigating High-Profile Cases, (Aspatore Books, 2009) at 35
  • Member, Editorial Board, Northern District of California Digest (published by Bar Association of San Francisco), 1982-’84
  • Miscellaneous other journal and educational publications


  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Guide to World’s Leading Litigation Lawyers
  • Chambers U.S.A.:  America's Leading Business Lawyers
  • Who’s Who In America
  • Who’s Who In American Law
  • Who’s Who In California
  • Strathmore’s Who’s Who Registry
  • ABA Journal, September 1992
  • California Lawyer, August 1992
  • San Francisco Daily Journal,  January 26, 2001