Douglas C. Melcher

Douglas C. Melcher is a civil litigator who has more than a decade of experience in the private practice of law in the District of Columbia. He is presently an attorney with Bode & Fierberg, LLP, which is a boutique, civil litigation firm.

Mr. Melcher has represented clients in a wide range of matters, including matters arising from allegations of personal injury, professional malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and unfair business practices. He also has represented clients in matters involving administrative, antitrust, environmental, and telecommunications laws.

Mr. Melcher has particularly extensive experience representing individuals seeking justice for physical, emotional, and economic injuries inflicted by the negligent or intentional acts of others, and has helped such individuals obtain millions of dollars in compensatory damages and other relief. By way of example, one of his clients obtained a settlement of approximately $1.5 million for the death of a jail inmate caused by a deprivation of medical care, and another was awarded $5 million in punitive damages for the death of a U.S. soldier caused by an act of state-sponsored terrorism.

Mr. Melcher has written extensively about the law. He has authored numerous articles for his blog, currently known as D.C. Law Report, as well as articles published in academic journals. He also is the author of Tort Claims and Defenses in the District of Columbia, which is a reference book for legal professionals who need detailed technical information about the laws of the District of Columbia applicable to civil claims for assault, battery, false imprisonment / false arrest, conversion, trespass to chattel, trespass to realty, negligence (including employer negligence, legal malpractice, medical malpractice, motor vehicle negligence, premises liability, and other cases), strict liability for defective products, defamation (libel and slander), injurious falsehood, invasion of privacy, fraudulent misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, malicious prosecution, abuse of process, spoliation of evidence, loss of consortium, and other torts. To view’s product page for Mr. Melcher’s book, click here.

Mr. Melcher earned his law degree, with high honors, from The George Washington University Law School where he served as a member and editor of The George Washington Law Review. Prior to attending law school, he earned a bachelor of science degree from Syracuse University, and a master of science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mr. Melcher is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and, as such, is authorized to practice law in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He also is authorized to practice law in various federal courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Mr. Melcher is fluent in Spanish and has lived in Guatemala and Peru.  He currently resides in the District of Columbia with his wife and children.

Contact Information:

Douglas C. Melcher, Esquire
Bode & Fierberg, LLP
1150 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 9th Floor
Washington, District of Columbia 20036

Phone: 202-862-4307

[Last updated: April 6, 2015.]