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Douglas Whitney

McDermott Will & Emery

Chicago, IL, USA

Douglas E. Whitney is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the Firm's Chicago office.  He focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense. For several years, Doug has been recognized as one of the leading commercial litigators and white collar defense attorneys in Illinois by publications such as Chambers USA, Legal 500, and Super Lawyers, which have described him as "a consummate litigator," "thoughtful and thorough, bright and persuasive, passionate and reliable."

Doug regularly represents companies and executives in governmental and internal investigations, agency proceedings, arbitration, and federal and state court litigation across the country. He has represented numerous firms and individuals in civil and criminal tax enforcement actions and related litigation, he has extensive experience in investigations and litigation under the False Claims Act in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and defense contracting industries, and he has represented many companies and individuals in securities related investigations and litigation.

Doug has tried numerous federal jury trials and argued numerous cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals.  Prior to joining the Firm, Doug worked for the Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Illinois, where he represented criminal defendants and habeas corpus petitioners in federal district court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. 

Doug is currently an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy at Northwestern University School of Law and is a frequent speaker on issues relating to criminal enforcement actions, attorney-client privilege and professional ethics.

  New York University School of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude), 1996
  Yale University, B.A., (cum laude), 1990

Judicial Clerkship
  Hon. Phyllis A. Kravitch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (1996-97)

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