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Douglas Dawson Guy

Douglas Dawson Guy

Managing Partner
San Diego, California

Doug has been an attorney for more than 25 years, all of which affiliated with the other founding partners. He lives in Temecula with his wife, Marian, along with 2 of his 5 children. Doug has tried to verdict in excess of 125 cases for clients such as Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, Porsche, Costco, and Hilton Hotel in addition to the insured's of companies such as State Farm, Mercury Insurance, and AIG. When not practicing law, Doug operates a small ranching business by breeding and selling Alpacas. For most of his life he has been a scratch golfer and has won a number of tournaments including the US Systems Air Force and Southeastern All Services championships.

Areas of Practice

  • 35% Personal Injury
  • 35% Product and Warranty Liability
  • 15% General Litigation including Probate, Elder Abuse, Trucking and Employment
  • 15% Construction Defect

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit


  • Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D., 1984
  • Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida
    • B.S., Business Administration, 1980

Representative Clients

  • Chrysler
  • Honda
  • Porsche
  • Fleetwood RV
  • Georgie Boy RV
  • Coachmen
  • Hilton Hotel
  • Country Coach Motor Homes
  • National RV
  • Western RV
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Mercury Insurance
  • AIG
  • Costco


  • Nancy Johnson, Hilton Hotel
  • Robert Carlson, Costco Wholesale
  • Tom Yost, VP Mercury Insurance
  • Sandy Banta, State Farm


  • Tire Litigation Principles, Costco, 2005 - Present
  • Litigation Techniques, Mercury Insurance, 1995 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • United States Systems Air Force Golf Champion, 1977 - Present
  • Southeastern All Services Golf Champion, 1977

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California Truckers Association, Member, 1998 - Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate, 1994 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • United States Air Force, Airman-Sargent, 1975 - 1980
  • Van Diest Brothers, Heavy Equipment Operator, 1971 - 1975


  • English
  • Spanish
Our Firm Locations

Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy LLP


Office Managing Partner:
K. Robert Gonter, Jr.
E-mail the Firm | Irvine Law Office

Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy, L.L.P
38 Discovery, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618

Phone: 949-753-0255
Fax: 949-753-0265

San Diego Office

Office Managing Partner:
Douglas D. Guy
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Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy, L.L.P
15373 Innovation Drive, Suite 170
San Diego, CA 92128

Phone: 858-676-8600
Fax: 858-676-8601

Los Angeles office

Office Managing Partner:
Matthew M. Proudfoot
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355 S. Grand Ave, Suite 2450
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 949-753-0255
Fax: 949-753-0265

Ontario Office

Office Managing Partner:
Sean O'Doherty
E-mail the Firm | Ontario Law Office

Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy, L.L.P
3350 Shelby St., Suite 200
Ontario, CA 91764

Phone: 949-753-0255
Fax: 949-753-0265