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Douglas L. Pfeifer

Douglas L. Pfeifer


Doug Pfeifer practices primarily in the area of product liability, premises liability and toxic torts litigation. As a former business owner of a company which created marketing, safety and training materials for major corporations such as 3M, Toro, Metro Transit and Ecolab, Doug understands the needs of his corporate clients and the products he defends.

Doug has extensive experience representing manufacturers of water treatment systems, chemical products, chemical dispensing systems and motor vehicles in cases involving personal injury, property damage, warranty disputes and product safety issues. He has particular experience defending water service providers in claims related to Legionnaires disease and other waterborne illnesses, and has handled claims involving chemical exposure, chemical burns, and inhalation and eye injuries. Doug is also a part of the national team defending a large automotive manufacturer in its highly publicized unintended acceleration litigation. He has represented multiple manufacturing clients on all levels, from small claims court to the appellate level.

His unique background as a writer and artist enables him to find creative solutions to complex issues. He delves into the details of each claim, thoroughly investigating every aspect to confidently represent his clients in the courtroom and at the bargaining table. Doug believes that an aggressive defense should be carried out in the most civil and ethical manner possible, recognizing that many lawsuits involve parties that wish to have a continuing business relationship once the immediate issue is resolved.

In addition to his practice, Doug provides pro bono legal representation through the Children's Law Center of Minnesota.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2005

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota


  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2005

    William Mitchell Law Review; Staff Member

    Dean's List

    CALI Award - Business Organization; Evidence; Advocacy

  • American Film Institute, Directing Fellow, 1990
  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design, B.A., 1987

    Dean's List

    Virginia M. Binger Scholarship

Professional Associations

    • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Hennepin County Bar Association


    • $25,000 McKnight Writing Grant Recipient, 2001
    • Los Angeles Emmy Nomination, Graphics Category, 1991

Recent News, Events and Blogs


  • "What Manufacturers Should Know About Triclosan Findings," Co-Author, Law360, September 2018
  • “Is New Study a Gut-Punch for Triclosan?,” Co-Author, Client Alert, July 2018
  • “What’s in the Wash? FDA Rules on Antibacterial Soaps,” Law360, January 2014
  • “An Inside View: The Rewards of Leadership,” The Hennepin Lawyer, July 2011
  • A Primer on Preserving Statute Of Repose Defenses, LJN's Product Liability Law & Strategy, Vol. 29, No. 2; September, 2009
  • Expert Testimony Quantifying Hedonic Damages, LJN's Product Liability Law & Strategy, Vol. 26, No. 23; September, 2007