Missouri and Kansas (state and federal)
5th Circuit Court of Appeals
8th Circuit Court of Appeals
10th Circuit Court of Appeals
11th Circuit Court of Appeals
Rouse Frets Gentile Rhodes, LLC
5250 W. 116th Place, Suite 400
Leawood, Kansas 66211
Phone: (913) 387-1600
- University of Kansas, J.D., 1984
- University of Kansas, B.S., 1980
Doug began his legal career in a civil litigation defense firm and worked on a local, regional and national basis for numerous Fortune 500 companies in the defense of product liability cases. These cases involved claims of product defect in, among other things, airplanes, automobiles, recreational vehicles (motorcycles, ATVs, personal watercraft), medical devices and prescription drugs. By 1991, Doug began to transition his practice from defense work to the representation of persons who had experienced catastrophic personal losses, and this transition was completed in 1995 with the formation of the law firm.
Since then, Doug’s practice has been primarily dedicated to the representation of individuals who have suffered injuries, or whose family members have been killed, as a result of defective products. His clients have included dozens of children who received catastrophic brain and spinal cord injuries, and parents of children who have died, because of poorly designed, defective child safety seats. He has also worked with clients who have suffered life-altering losses because of vehicle occupant protection systems that, instead of preventing injuries, actually cause them, as well as manufacturing equipment and chemicals that maim and kill. In addition, Doug has also been active in class action litigation on cases involving defective vehicles, hazardous substances, consumer fraud, the wrongful use of personal information, the theft of private, financial information, violations of personal privacy statutes and violations of ERISA vested benefits plans.
Doug is rated as a “preeminent AV” attorney. He is a frequent speaker at national seminars and conventions on the issues surrounding the use, and all too common failure of, child safety seats, and he has authored numerous papers on the subject of child seat crashworthiness.
Activities and Memberships
- Selected as one of Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, 2012-2017
- Attorneys Information Exchange Group
- Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (past member of the Board of Governors)
- Missouri Bar Association
- Kansas Bar Association
- Kansas Trial Lawyers Association