Foley & Mansfield
Foley & Mansfield

Douglas G. Wah

Senior Trial Counsel - Walnut Creek


Bar Admissions: California; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

Practice Groups: Personal Injury Defense, Product Liability, Toxic Tort / Mass Tort

Education: University of California, Hastings College of Law, 1974, JD; University of California, Berkeley, 1970, BA, Political Science


Doug Wah serves as Senior Trial Counsel in the Walnut Creek office of Foley & Mansfield.

Doug has extensive experience in the development and management of asbestos litigation and toxic tort matters, and has served as trial counsel for major clients and for various carriers in large, complex cases.

He has also served as trial counsel for such clients as Owens Corning Fiberglass and Raybestos-Manhatten in major local and national cases. He has been admitted to try cases in over 10 different states. Early in his career Doug was a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Oakland where he received extensive trial experience in civil litigation and personal injury matters including police brutality, toxic torts and construction law.

Doug received his Juris Doctorate from University of California, Hastings College of Law in San Francisco in 1974. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. degree in Political Science.

He is a member of the San Francisco and Alameda County Bar Associations and a lecturer and author on asbestos litigation and related topics.


March 8, 2017
Foley & Mansfield Oakland Mounts Successful Asbestos Defense

Oakland attorneys Douglas G. Wah, Khaled Taqi-Eddin, and Arturo E. Sandoval mounted a successful defense in a recent month-long jury trial in Los Angeles Superior Court.


May 22, 2014
Wah Leads Winning Team in Longstanding Asbestos Trial

On April 29, 2014, a New Orleans jury ruled in favor of two asbestos defendants in a mesothelioma wrongful death trial, Landry vs. Steel Grip Safety Apparel. Representing Steel Grip was Foley & Mansfield Partner Douglas Wah, assisted by Barbara Lee, Trial Coordinator from the firm’s Northern California office.



  • Northern California Super Lawyers® list by Law & Politics Magazine - 2008-2009


  • For the Defense: Mock Trial Objective Summary of the Evidence - Perrin 2012 Asbestos Litigation Conference
  • California Asbestos Litigation 2006 - 2006, The Hartford Insurance Company
  • Asbestos: Day in the Life - 2006, RiverStone Resources
  • Asbestos Defense Strategies - 2006, American Conference
  • Silica Seminar - 2004, Chubb Insurance 
  • You Can't Try Every Case, But . . . - 2002, Chubb & Son
  • Asbestos Panel Discussion - 2002, Liberty Mutual
  • Asbestos Panel Seminar for Carriers - 2001, RiverStone Resources
  • Asbestos Injuries - 2001, RiverStone Resources
  • The State of the Art Defense & Contractors - 1998, Fireman's Fund Insurance
  • The Chrysotile Defense - 1988, Commercial Union
  • The Northern California Asbestos Litigation - 1986, Lloyd's of London
  • The State of the Art Defense & Punitive Damages - 1985, Zurich North America


  • Wah Obtains Favorable Jury Verdict in Landry v. Steel Grip Safety Apparel. View/Listen
    Read about Doug Wah's Win in DRI's The Voice. 
  • Mass Tort Litigation: Are You the Next Target? - Author (August 1987 and February 1988)
  • Industrial Safety & Hygience News. The Cost of Pain - Author (April 1988) Safety & Health Magazine