• Sexual Violence

Doug Fierberg

Doug Fierberg specializes in lawsuits involving fraternity death, fraternity rape, hazing injury, hazing death, wrongful death, serious personal injury, sexual assault, business and other complex civil and commercial disputes. Across the country, Mr. Fierberg has served as lead counsel for numerous victims of hazing, sexual assault, or other deadly, dangerous or violent misconduct in school or institutional (camp, juvenile mental health and other) settings. In his business practice, Mr. Fierberg has represented national and local businesses as outside General Counsel, and in the prosecution and defense of numerous types of claims, including breach of contract, employment or other business agreements, and commercial torts.

Mr. Fierberg has been admitted to practice in federal, district and circuit courts serving Maryland and the District of Columbia, and courts located in states in which he is not generally licensed to practice have allowed him to do so in order to serve as lead counsel for wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases. This includes, among others, Alabama, Arizona, California, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Virginia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Indiana, Texas, Mississippi, Nevada, Maryland, District of Columbia, and Ohio. Mr. Fierberg was lead counsel for more than twenty families whose loved ones died or suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of the April 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech University, which resulted in a historic settlement with the Commonwealth of Virginia. He continues to serve as counsel for the Charitable Purposes Fund established by the settlement.

Mr. Fierberg has lectured about law and litigation related to fraternity death, hazing, campus safety, sexual assault, Title IX and other campus violence at Harvard Law School, and at other universities, high schools, and professional conferences. Mr. Fierberg has appeared as an expert on these legal issues on national television (CNN, MSNBC and Fox, among others). Mr. Fierberg’s work and cases have been featured on the NBC Today Show, ABC 20/20 (multiple times), CNN, and Dateline, as well as in print and on the web, including the New York Times, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Sports Illustrated, and others.

Mr. Fierberg is past President of the National Advisory Board of the National Crime Victim Bar Association (“NCVBA”). Mr. Fierberg is a Founder and Chairperson of the national litigation group, Schools: Violence, Misconduct, and Safety, which operates within and under the authority of the American Association for Justice (AAJ). Doug is also a member of AAJ, the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., and the Bars of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Michigan.

Mr. Fierberg’s professional presentations and publications include: Holding Universities, Campus Institutions, and Students Accountable for Mass Violence, Campus Crimes and Other Wrongdoing: Civil Justice for Victims of Campus Crime, Sexual Assault and Other Wrongdoing, (NCVC, 2011 National Conference); Holding Universities, Campus Institutions, and Students Accountable for Mass Violence, Campus Crimes and Other Wrongdoing: Civil Justice for Victims, (NLADA, 2010 National Conference); Holding Universities, Campus Institutions, and Students Accountable for Mass Violence, Campus Crimes and Other Wrongdoing: Civil Justice for Victims at Virginia Tech and Other Schools, (AAJ, 2009 National Conference); School Safety: Threat Assessments, Rapid Response and Lockdowns, (ATLA, 2008 National Conference);Student Victims: Strategies and Issues for Successful Civil Litigation, (ATLA, 2007 National Conference, Education Program); Student Victims of Sexual Assault: An Overview of Administrative and Legal Remedies, (ATLA, 2006 National Conference, Education Program);Student Victims: An Overview of the Problem, Civil Litigation, and Related Proceedings, (National Student Legal Services Association, 2005 Conference); The Greek Industry: Strategies for Litigating Claims Involving Serious Injury, Death, Hazing, and Alcohol Misuse, (ATLA, 2005 National Conference, Education Program); Fraternity Litigation: A Basic Primer on the Status of Violence, Injury, Death, Alcohol Misuse, and Litigation Involving the Fraternity Industry, (ATLA, 2004 National Conference, Litigation at Sunrise); Victim Advocate, Representing Victims of Hazing and Other Group Violence on Campus, (Vol. 3, No. 2, Fall, 2001); Synthesis: Law and Policy in Higher Education, (Vol. 10, No. 3, Winter, 1999); and, The School Administrator: Hazing Prevention Deserves Attention, Too, (Vol. 57, No. 9, October 2000).

Mr. Fierberg graduated from the University of Michigan (BA, Psychology) with Class Honors in 1980, and received his law degree with Honors from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1988.

We represent victims in lawsuits involving school death and injury, hazing, college and fraternity rape and sexual assault, student-child sexual abuse and pornography, and serious personal injury.

"Doug Fierberg, Cari Simon, and their team are passionate about achieving justice for their clients. They treated me with respect and great reverence for the trauma that I faced. They were genuinely interested in my well being as a survivor. Throughout all steps of the process, they believed in me and encouraged me. They are true advocates for their clients. I am forever grateful for all that they have done for me. Their diligent work ethic and desire to lessen the burden on survivors has created a renewed hope for me as a survivor. My experience with Doug and Cari has even prompted me to apply for law school so that one day I might also be able to help survivors fight these injustices."

  • Our Ethic

    Our Ethic

    More than 20 years ago, Doug Fierberg was the first lawyer to exclusively represent victims of school violence nationwide. As his legal team has grown, we have always believed that giving back is essential. Thus, our lawyers – for no fee - have compelled wrongdoers to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation to non-profit organizations whose missions are to eliminate hazing, sexual assault, binge drinking, and other violence from schools.

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  • Fraternity Victims

    Fraternity Victims

    "Fierberg is a man of obvious and deep intelligence, comfortable - in the way of alpha-male litigators - with sharply correcting a fuzzy thought; with using obscenities; with speaking derisively, even contemptuously, of opponents. He is also the man I would run to as though my hair were on fire if I ever found myself in a legal battle with a fraternity, and so should you." - Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic

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  • School Rape

    School Rape

    The litigation experience of Doug Fierberg paired with the national Title IX movement expertise of Cari Simon make us uniquely effective advocates for people who have suffered rape or sexual assault in schools and universities.

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  • Trial Attorneys

    Trial Attorneys

    Federal and state courts across the country have admitted Mr. Fierberg to practice before them to serve as lead trial counsel for wrongful death, hazing, sexual assault and catastrophic personal injury cases, including cases filed in Alabama, Arizona, California, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Virginia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Indiana, Texas, Mississippi, Nevada, Maryland, District of Columbia, and Ohio.

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