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Douglas A. Datt

douglas dattDouglas A. Datt, Founder and Principal
Phone: 301-948-1177
Fax: 301-948-4334

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Douglas A. Datt founded Gavett & Datt, P.C., with Geoffrey S. Gavett on January 6, 1992. He is an experienced trial attorney and counselor working on behalf of both businesses and individuals. His excellent legal abilities translate not only to satisfied clients, but also to recognition by his peers. Mr. Datt has received a Peer Review Rating of "AV®", the highest rating by Martindale-Hubbell regarding an attorney’s legal ability and professional ethics.

Mr. Datt began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Atlantic Judicial Circuit in Hinesville, Georgia. After gaining valuable trial experience prosecuting major felonies, he returned to Maryland in 1983 where he served as Assistant State’s Attorney for Charles County, Maryland. Mr. Datt was responsible for prosecuting a variety of crimes including murder, rape, child abuse and theft-related offenses, among others. Mr. Datt then went into private practice, joining an insurance defense firm in Rockville, Maryland in 1985, where he practiced for seven years and became a partner. In 1992, he formed Gavett & Datt, P.C., which became Gavett, Datt & Barish, P.C. in September of 2012.

Mr. Datt’s civil litigation practice includes advising clients and litigating in the areas of personal injury, construction defects and accidents, medical malpractice, worker's compensation and general tort defense litigation. Mr. Datt also represents individuals, corporations and businesses in matters ranging from collection, corporate formation, asset sales and purchases to employment-related issues. Mr. Datt is experienced in providing mediation and arbitration services to individuals and companies. In a mediation setting, he provides Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services, assisting attorneys, individuals, companies and other groups to work together to identify and resolve their conflicts in a collaborative effort to avoid and/or limit expensive litigation.

In mediating or arbitrating matters, he brings his considerable experience to bear in addressing and handling disputes in the areas of personal injury, labor and employment, construction, business/commercial, workers’ compensation, malpractice, premises liability, insurance, and products liability cases.

Practice Areas
Alternative Dispute Resolution Services ("ADR")
Arbitration and Mediation
Civil Trial Practice
Commercial and Business Law
Commercial Litigation
Commercial Transactions
Construction Law
Franchise Law
Insurance and Health Law
Personal Injury
Premises Liability
Worker's Compensation Defense

Bar Admissions
District of Columbia
United States District Court for the District of Maryland
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia

Professional Associations and Memberships
Maryland State Bar Association
Virginia State Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association
Montgomery County Bar Association
Maryland Trial Lawyers Association
Association of Compensation Attorneys

Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, 1981
Juris Doctorate
Delta Theta Phi

Wake Forest University, 1978
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude

Reported Cases
Cheeks of N. Am., Inc. v. Fort Myer Constr. Corp., No. 11-7117, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 15496 (D.C. Cir. July 26, 2012)

EEOC v. Conn-X, LLC, Civil Case No. L-09-2881, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16316 (D. Md. February 8, 2012)

Bastian v. D.C. Dept. of Employment Services, 16 A.2d 975 (D.C. 2011)

Mackey v. D.C. Dept. of Employment Services, 976 A.2d 224 (D.C. 2009)

Capitol Paving of D.C., Inc. v. District of Columbia, 496 F. Supp. 2d 54 (D.D.C. 2007)

Dillon v. D.C. Dept. of Employment Services, 912 A.2d 556 (D.C. 2006)

D.C. Water & Sewer Auth. v. D.C. Dept. of Employment Services, 843 A.2d 750 (D.C. 2004)

Hudson Trail Outfitters v. D.C. Dept. of Employment Services, 801 A.2d 987 (D.C. 2002)

Park Ctr, III Ltd. P'ship v. Pa. Mfrs. Ass'n Ins. Co., 30 Fed. Appx. 64 (4th Cir. 2001)

Anderson v. Russell, 247 F.3d 125 (4th Cir. 2001)

Glass v. State, 171 Ga. App. 156, 319 S.E.2d 60 (1984)

White v. State, 169 Ga. App. 207, 312 S.E.2d 199 (1983)

Holloman v. State, 168 Ga. App. 683, 310 S.E.2d 734 (1983)

Holloman v. State, 167 Ga. App. 683, 307 S.E.2d 266 (1983)

Blair v. State, 166 Ga. App. 434, 304 S.E.2d 535 (1983)

Griffin v. State, 166 Ga. App. 176, 303 S.E.2d 514 (1983)

Williams v. State, 165 Ga. App. 553, 301 S.E.2d 908 (1983)

Petouvis v. State, 165 Ga. App. 409, 301 S.E.2d 483 (1983)

Jones v. State, 165 Ga. App. 180, 300 S.E.2d 534 (1983)

McKenzie v. State, 162 Ga. App. 522, 292 S.E.2d 722 (1982)

Weathers v. State, 160 Ga. App. 581, 287 S.E.2d 565 (1981)

Baxter v. State, 160 Ga. App. 181, 286 S.E.2d 460 (1981)

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