Douglas D. Winter

Senior Lawyer

Senior Lawyer Douglas Winter practices in all areas of civil litigation, including employment, personal injury, civil rights, business torts and disputes, consumer litigation, intellectual property and real estate. He has nearly 30 years of trial and appellate experience in both state and federal courts, and has successfully tried dozens of cases to verdict.

In the last five years alone, Mr. Winter has obtained, along with Partner Matthew McNicholas, one eight-figure and multiple seven-figure jury verdicts for his clients in cases involving claims for employment discrimination, retaliation and harassment, as well as claims for civil rights violations.  In addition to these successful trial verdicts, Mr. Winter has also obtained multimillion-dollar settlements of claims brought by employees for whistleblower retaliation, wage and hour violations, unfair competition and business practices, federal anti-retaliation employment claims, and claims brought by victims of abuse.  Additionally, he obtained an eight-figure settlement on behalf of a plaintiff defrauded in a multimillion-dollar real estate development.  Mr. Winter has extensive appellate experience in both state and federal courts, and several of his cases have resulted in published decisions in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Eight Circuit.

Mr. Winter is admitted to practice before all California State Courts, United States District Court, Central, Northern, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.


Doug Winter

Largest Jury Verdict 2018, Embezzlement – Top Verdict

Top Verdicts & Settlements in California 2018 – The Recorder

Douglas Winter Best Lawyers

$4.3 Million

Jury awards $4.3 million to 23-year LAPD veteran who suffered disability discrimination and retaliation

$2.75 Million

Unanimous verdict on behalf of LAFD employee in a retaliation lawsuit.

$1.5 Million

Settlement obtained on behalf of fire fighter in an injury harassment claim.


Settlement on behalf of former San Diego Police Department recruit in a gender discrimination lawsuit.


Professional Associations & Memberships

Honors & Awards

  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”
  • National Law Journal Elite Trial Lawyers Finalist, 2021

In the News

McNicholas & McNicholas LLP’s Case Named Among Daily Journal’s Top 5 Appellate Reversals of 2019

February 26, 2020

Partner Patrick McNicholas’ landmark appellate reversal in Ward v. Tilly’s et al. has been recognized in Daily Journal’s Top Verdicts…

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$1.5 Million Settlement Obtained on Behalf of Fire Fighter in Injury Harassment Claim

September 9, 2019

Partner Matthew McNicholas and Senior Lawyer Doug Winter obtained a settlement in excess of $1.5 million on behalf of young…

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