Parker Douglas is Of Counsel at OFW Law, concentrating primarily in litigation, where he offers clients litigation expertise, regulatory advice and government relations counsel. He is widely recognized as a courtroom advocate, and has represented Fortune 500 Companies, top state officials and state legislatures, municipalities, and individuals facing civil enforcements or regulation and criminal prosecutions.
Parker comes to OFW Law after being the 2017-2018 Supreme Court Fellow assigned to the Supreme Court of the United States, where he served in the Office of the Counselor to the Chief Justice. Before his time at the Court, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes appointed Parker as his first Chief of Staff and named him Utah Federal Solicitor and Chief Federal Deputy, to litigate Utah’s trial, appellate, multi-state and amicus matters in all federal courts. Prior to joining the Utah Attorney General’s Office, he was an Assistant Federal Defender handling criminal trials and appeals, practiced in the Supreme Court and Appellate section in the Washington, D.C. office of a multinational firm, and was a partner in a boutique Salt Lake City litigation firm. He has also taught Constitutional Law, Constitutional Litigation, White Collar Crime, Evidence, as well as Trial and Appellate Advocacy in a variety of law school settings and at numerous sponsored CLEs.
In his practice, Parker has broad and deep experience managing regulatory matters involving state and federal administrative practice and enforcement. He has handled multistate litigation challenging provisions of federal agency and administration initiatives – such as the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, the Clean Power Plan, as well as portions of the Affordable Care Act. He has extensive experience navigating state regulatory regimes, as he has both administered them on behalf of state government and defended clients who might be subject to regulation.
Due to his broad experience working with offices of states attorneys general, Parker has particular expertise assisting clients with state regulatory matters, helping them come to the most cost-efficient resolution either through litigation, negotiation with state regulators, or lobbying state governments for rule changes or exemptions or changes to state law. In addition, he has handled federal matters ranging from agricultural, resource and regulatory issues – with the Departments of Interior and Agriculture, as well as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission – to federal civil and criminal enforcement by Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Justice’s environmental and criminal sections, and regulatory actions by the Federal Elections Commission. A seasoned First Amendment lawyer, Parker has also handled labeling, commercial speech, campaign finance, and trade secret matters in a variety of civil and criminal settings.
Parker has litigated over 250 federal civil and criminal matters and appeals, as well as many appeals in the courts of several states. He has been lead trial and appellate counsel on cases involving a host of federal and state regulatory issues, as well as matters involving separation of powers, preemption, commerce clause, due process, equal protection, and sovereignty disputes. He has handled constitutional cases concerning every amendment in the Bill of Rights except the Third, and he has been recognized by Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers for trial and appellate litigation, as well as government relations. He has tried over 25 cases to a verdict – both to juries and to the bench. He has also argued over 30 appeals in the federal courts of appeal, as well as suppression, Daubert, and dispositive motion hearings, recorded in over 20 published opinions. And he has submitted merits or amicus briefs on behalf of clients in the Supreme Court and every federal court of appeal but the Eighth and Federal circuits. He is admitted to practice in every federal appellate court but the Federal Circuit.
Representative civil matters include: successfully challenging state bans on storage of nuclear waste on Native American Reservations; successfully defending the constitutionality of Utah’s Child Protection Registry as well as the constitutionality of Utah’s antitrust laws and polygamy ban; prevailing on appeal in a state supreme court a case that defined the scope of a state’s LLC statute; defending New York City against claims after 9-11, and managing the city’s liability in 9-11’s wake; challenging extraterritorial enforcement and application of California’s agricultural regulations; defending a multinational chemical company in Agent Orange litigation; appealing penalties levied against timber industries, and matters involving civil regulatory enforcement, public lands and resource usage, federal preemption, separation of powers, civil rights, trade secrets, antitrust enforcement, and negligence liability.
Representative criminal cases include: appointment as primary defense counsel in United States v. Brian David Mitchell (the “Elizabeth Smart” case); defending the accused in Utah’s first federal criminal trade secret prosecution; representing a Guantanamo detainee; counseling corporate and individual clients facing regulatory enforcement actions that carry the possibility of criminal liability; and defending the accused in white collar and other crimes in the trial and appellate court.
Parker has been an active member of the federal bar since serving clerkships for Judge Michael W. McConnell of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals – now Director of Stanford University’s Constitutional Law Center – and Judge Tena Campbell of United States District Court for the District of Utah. His commitment to the federal bar includes serving for over a decade on federal district courts’ local rules committees and the Board of the local Federal Bar Association.
He received his B.A. from Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges in 1988, where he was “Distinguished Scholar in English” upon graduation and pitched a no-hitter for the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens. He then studied at the University of Freiburg in Germany as a Mellon Fellow before completing a Ph.D. in English as a Regents’ Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1997. He graduated from the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney School of Law in 2000, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Utah Law Review and named to the Order of the Coif. Born in Detroit, Parker grew up outside of Los Angeles, and resides in Holland, Michigan, while splitting his time in practice between Washington, D.C., Michigan and wherever else clients are in need.
*Practice within the District of Columbia is limited to matters and proceedings before federal courts and agencies.