The principle attorney and namesake of The Law Office of Doug Fredrick LLC prefers to keep legal matters out of the courtroom.
Fredrick says mediation is often a quicker and less expensive option for his clients, of which he supported approximately 150 last year with $291,000 in billings. The approach also is beneficial given the nature of his clients’ cases typically involve family members, business partners and employees, he says.
“My role is ultimately to provide a meaningful environment in which litigants can resolve their disputes in a manner that sets them up for a better version of the future, as opposed to going through the trial process, where a complete stranger – the judge – will decide some of their most important issues.”
Building on his own experiences, Fredrick also has carved out a niche working through the legal issues of members of the armed services and their dependents. He’s served as a Judge Advocate General’s Corps officer both for the Army and Air Force reserves. JAG officers serve in the military while also honing their skills as legal professionals.
He provides no-cost wills or powers of attorney – “often on a very short notice” – to members of the armed services and their families.
Military law is among the service areas at his firm, and according to an industry colleague, that’s a rarity.
“His knowledge of military issues in family law are second to none in this community,” says Lisa Blumenstock, owner of Lisa Ghan Blumenstock, Attorney at Law LLC, which also provides mediation services.
Armed with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Missouri-Kansas City – in addition to his Juris Doctor from the UMKC School of Law – Fredrick gives back as a Drury University Breech School of Business adjunct professor, a role he’s held since 2018. He teaches business and entrepreneurship classes, and he also oversees the academic portion of summer internships. For his students, he issues a standing offer to draft the documents necessary to incorporate an LLC, as well as legal and practice guidance, free of charge.
“So far, I have had three students take me up on that offer,” he says. “That is the epitome of education – inspiring someone to apply the knowledge you have taught them to make the world a better place.”
Also at Drury, Fredrick started the school’s NCAA Women’s Triathlon program and helped found the Drury Cryptocurrency Club, for which he’s the current faculty sponsor.
Though he’s taking a break from serving in trade groups, his past experience is extensive. He’s served as chairman for numerous Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association committees, as well as on committees for The Missouri Bar, and he’s published articles on crypotcurrency, military rights and other areas in the legal realm. Fredrick also has presented at multiple seminars on topics including real estate, landlord-tenant and family law.
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