Douglas E. Kirkman

Douglas E. Kirkman, a skilled general civil litigation attorney, is known for his comprehensive advocacy and innovative legal defense. He has successfully litigated complex business cases in regional and federal courts throughout Minnesota and beyond. His experience includes defending construction and product defect litigation. Notably for a paver manufacturer at the Port of Oakland, achieving insurance coverage in challenging pollution exclusion cases, and defense of landowner for wrongful death by tenant’s dangerous machinery.

Douglas’s civil litigation strategy is tailored to each case’s unique aspects. His achievements range from overturning multi-million-dollar arbitration awards to navigating contract litigation under economic pressures and clarifying commercial landlord liability issues. His proactive approach aims to preempt future legal challenges. With a broad range of experience in civil cases, including law firm dissolution and patent infringement defense, Douglas demonstrates a deep commitment to effectively resolving his clients’ legal challenges.


  • J.D., University of California, Davis, School of Law
  • B.S., University of California, Davis

Areas Of Practice

Experienced, forward-thinking advocates who go beyond the expected for clients in dispute prevention and resolution.

Our construction attorneys have substantial experience with the diverse and often complex aspects of the construction business.

Fennemore has one of the most robust estate and trust litigation practices in the Southwest and California.

Our real estate practice is one of the largest in the American West, including Arizona, California, Colorado and Nevada with experience in all aspects of the real estate development process, from due diligence, acquisition and finance, through land use permitting and entitlements, to leasing and sale.

Our insurance coverage attorneys have substantial experience with the complex and nuanced aspects of insurance coverage.


  • AV Preeminent 4/9 Peer review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top Lawyer – Business Litigation, Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers
    • Commercial Law
    • Litigation-Commercial
    • General Litigation


  • Member, California State Bar
  • Member, Sacramento County Bar
  • Member, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Settlement Conference Judge
  • Mediator


  • California
  • United States District Court
  • United States Tax Court