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Cherry Hill Estate Planning Lawyer
Prior to joining Rice Elder Law, Doug served as an adjunct professor with Rowan College at Burlington County for 5 years while also serving as an Assistant Prosecutor with the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office for 20 years. For much of his tenor with the Prosecutor's Office, Doug specialized in Courtroom litigation, while serving with such units as Trial Unit, Dangerous Offenders Section (Bail Reform), Major Crimes Unit, and the Collision and Accident Reconstruction (CAR) Unit. It was through this experience, that Doug honed his courtroom advocacy skills and tried numerous high-profile cases to successful completion. Doug also learned through these years of fighting for the rights of victims of crime, the importance of connecting and listening to the victims and their families, with empathy and an understanding that they are in a difficult and sometimes confusing time in their lives. This experience led Doug to a career in elder law where he is eager to advocate for the elderly and those with special needs, guiding their families through difficult times with compassion and understanding.
Doug earned his Juris Doctor at Widener University School of Law in 1999. In law school, Doug became a member of Phi Delta Phi (Honor Chapter) and earned the Barrister's Award for Courtroom Advocacy. He also served as an Executive Committee Member for the Moot Court Honor Society. Prior schooling includes earning a Bachelor of Science from Saint Joseph's University in 1990.
After law school, Doug served as a Superior Court Judicial Law Clerk in the Camden Vicinage for the Honorable David Eynon, J.S.C., and for the Honorable Norman Telsey, J.S.C.
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