Douglas V. Rigler

Phone: (703) 521-2297 ext. 144


Mr. Rigler is a partner in the Firm and head of Young & Thompson's Litigation & Licensing Group. He is a highly experienced litigator, having argued twice as lead counsel selected to speak for multiple parties, including five foreign governments, in the Supreme Court of the United States. He has argued in numerous federal courts of appeal and state supreme courts, and before the U.S. International Trade Commission. At the trial level, he has been lead counsel in jury and bench trials in federal and state courts throughout the United States. During service as a member of the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Mr. Rigler presided over the largest antitrust trial in the history of the Agency, and the comprehensive opinion of the panel he chaired was upheld on appeal.

In addition to court appearances in the United States, Mr. Rigler has had a supervisory role as worldwide coordinating counsel for pretrial discovery, trial issues and strategy, and settlement of a number of international disputes involving U.S. and foreign counterpart patents. He has had widespread experience in the taking of international discovery in connection with U.S. and foreign proceedings, representing parties seeking information as well as parties resisting the production of information.

In addition to his courtroom practice, Mr. Rigler participates in dispute resolution through arbitration. Mr. Rigler has arbitrated in the United States and in foreign countries under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, the American Arbitration Association, the London Court of International Arbitration, and under ad-hoc rules.

Either in connection with settlement of disputes or as a matter of a client's independent business objectives, Mr. Rigler drafts, negotiates and monitors license agreements on behalf of our clients. These agreements are domestic and international and include a large and diverse number of products and services. He also drafts and negotiates joint venture agreements, distribution agreements, and related commercial agreements.

Mr. Rigler attended The Johns Hopkins University and The United States Naval Academy. After completing his commitment as a Naval Aviator, he attended the George Washington University Law School where he was an honors graduate and an editor of the Law Review.