Douglas B. Abrams

Location:
Raleigh, NC
Phone:
Fax:
919-755-9396
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Doug Abrams has been a practicing trial lawyer for more than 30 years. Doug is a partner in the firm of Abrams & Abrams, P.A. in Raleigh, North Carolina. Doug currently represents plaintiffs in catastrophic personal injury cases, tractor trailer wrecks, plant explosions and fire cases, products liability or defective products cases, fifteen passenger van rollover cases, business tort litigation, and other tort cases.

Doug has given numerous lectures and has written extensively on the subject of personal injury and tort law. Doug served as the President of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers (now the North Carolina Advocates for Justice) for 1995-1996 and has remained on the Board of NCAJ in numerous capacities both before and after that time. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of NCAJ. Doug has also been active in the American Association for Justice and currently serves on their Board of Governors. Doug has been selected for inclusion in a leading publication entitled The Best Lawyers in America, as well as the publication Super Lawyers.

In addition to severe personal injury cases involving trucks and tractor trailers and other heavy equipment vehicles, and business tort cases, presently, Doug is the lead counsel for over twenty-five employees injured in the explosion and fire at the ConAgra Foods facility in Garner, North Carolina. He served as lead counsel for the employees injured or killed in the explosion of the West Pharmaceuticals plant in Kinston, North Carolina.

Doug graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in 1976 and from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1979. Doug grew up in Greenville, South Carolina in a family of lawyers. Doug's father was a trial lawyer in Greenville, South Carolina. Doug has a brother and sister who are lawyers. Margaret Abrams, Doug's wife, is also a lawyer and she practices in the firm of Abrams & Abrams, P.A. They have been joined in their practice by the eldest of their four sons, Noah Abrams.

In the community, Doug has coached all four of his sons in their various sports activities, including basketball, baseball, and soccer. He is an avid supporter of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes. He is also the owner of an independent music store, Indoor Storm, and enjoys playing the guitar and off-shore fishing with his sons. Doug has been a long-time member of Temple Beth Or.

Areas of Practice

  • Catastrophic Personal Injury
  • Brain Injury and Quadriplegia
  • Wrongful Death
  • Tractor Trailer Wrecks
  • Products Liability
  • Defective Vehicles
  • Business Torts
  • Environmental Torts
  • Class Actions
  • Industrial/Construction Accidents
  • Railroad Litigation
  • Professional Negligence
  • Maritime Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 1979
  • North Carolina, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1995

Education

  • Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston Salem, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 1979
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
  • Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, North Carolina
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 00/1976
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: Political

Published Works

  • Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit (Contributing Author), ATLA Press, 3rd Edition, 1991
  • North Carolina's New Products Liability Act: A Critical Analysis (Co-Author), Wake Forest University Law Review, Vol. 16, 1980

Classes/Seminars

  • Faculty, Civil Trial Advocacy, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1988 to 1993

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc.
  • Who's Who o Emerging Leaders in America
  • Wake Forest Carswell Scholar
  • Wake Forest Full Tuition Scholarship

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Consumers Council, Board of Directors, 1981 to 1986
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate
  • Wake County Bar Association, Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member
  • North Carolina State Bar, Member
  • South Carolina Bar, Member
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, President, 1995 to 1996
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Benefactor
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Vice-President, Education, 1993 to 1994
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Vice-President, Public Service and Information, 1990 to 1993
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Co-Chairman, Amicus Curiae Committee, 1983 to 1986
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Board of Governors, 1987 to Present
  • The American Association for Justice, Sustaining Member
  • The American Association for Justice, Co-Chair, Exchange Committee, 1990 to 1991
  • The American Association for Justice, Co-Chair, 1996 to 1997
  • The American Association for Justice, Sections to Litigation Group Coordination Council, Co-Chair, 1991 to 1994
  • The American Association for Justice, Member, Communications, Computers and Law Office Technology Committee, 1992 to 1994
  • The American Association for Justice, Subcommittee Chairperson, Products Liability Advisory Committee, 1989 to 1991

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