Doug Deems is a Managing Director and one of the founders of The Claro Group. Doug manages the firm’s Los Angeles office and also serves as General Counsel to the organization.

Doug has nearly 30 years of complex insurance claims development, valuation and negotiation experience. He has extensive experience working with Fortune 500 companies in the US and Canada on both first-party and third-party insurance claims, including construction all-risk, business interruption, extra expense, fidelity & surety, D&O, as well as long-tail asbestos, pollution and human health claims. Doug practiced law for eleven years, with Peterson Ross and then Pillsbury Madison & Sutro. Doug’s insurance and reinsurance expertise encompasses a broad array of insurance claims in several industries, including energy, manufacturing, mortgage brokerage, construction, hospitality, defense, aircraft, transportation and services.

He has personally handled environmental, asbestos, toxic tort, personal injury, advertising injury, reinsurance, construction, fidelity, surety, construction all-risks, first-party property damage and business interruption claims. Mr. Deems has lectured to professional groups on matters of insurance claim valuation, reinsurance issues, emerging insurance claims and strategic approaches to maximize claim value.

Prior to founding The Claro Group and in addition to his law firm experience, Doug was a managing director in the Insurance Claims Group of LECG, LLC and partner with Arthur Andersen.

Experience +

Construction all-risks and delay in start-up claim for Canadian energy company involving damages occurring during refurbishment of facility.

Property damage and business interruption claim for Southern California horse racing facility involving wind storm damages.

Third party, worldwide omnibus pollution and human health claims under historic CGL policies for fully integrated petrochemical company.

Delay in start-up claim for Canadian petrochemical company arising from an offshore hydrate blockage at a gas processing facility.

Property damage and extra expense claim for property developer arising from Hurricane Katrina.

Errors and omissions claim for Canadian petrochemical company resulting from the construction of one of the largest oil sands facilities in the world.

Education +

A.B., Economics, Occidental College, 1984

J.D., Hasting College of Law, 1987

Certifications +

CA State Bar

Memberships +

American Bar Association (1987-present)

State Bar of California (1987-present)

Association of Corporate Counsel (2007-present)

Publications & Speaking Engagements+

Year 2000 Insurance Issues, Fulcrum (1999)

Preparing for Y2K Litigation Even if Technical Solutions Work (1999)

Issues in Reinsurance Claims, Mealey’s (2001)

Enemies at the Gate, ACC Annual Conference (2010)

Peace of Mind, ACC Annual Conference (2015)

How General Counsel Can Lead Their Companies to Legal Hold Success, Today’s General Counsel (2016)

Practices +Insights +

Articles & Publications

  • How General Counsel Can Spur Legal Hold Success1/2/2017

    Claro’s General Counsel, Doug Deems co-authors article with Russ Stalters of Clear Path Solutions on the role of the GC and culture in legal hold and compliance. Read “How General Counsel Can Spur Legal Hold…