Douglas K. SheffSenior Partner
Douglas K. Sheff is the senior partner at Sheff Law. He has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of personal injury law and has earned a reputation for obtaining consistent, outstanding recoveries for his clients. He focuses his practice on representing victims of traumatic brain injury, wrongful death, construction site, trucking and other automobile accidents, workplace accidents, and defective products. He has received numerous honors and awards for his work as a lawyer, a consumer advocate and an educator. He is a nationally renowned brain injury litigation expert. An accomplished writer and speaker, Mr. Sheff regularly lectures other attorneys, both inside and outside of Massachusetts, on issues regarding personal injury, and appears on television, radio and in print media as a legal expert.
In addition to his efforts on behalf of clients, Doug previously served as President of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA), the leading organization in Massachusetts for Trial attorneys, and currently serves as the Chairman of MATA’s Federal Legislation Committee. Doug also recently served for the 2012-2013 term as President of the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA), the largest and most significant attorney organization in Massachusetts. Doug is currently serving as the Chairman of the MBA Workplace Safety Task Force (“WPSTF”), which has promptly brought about positive changes, including legislative changes, in Massachusetts. The WPSTF has brought together leaders from the legal, business, government and medical fields as well as grass roots worker advocacy groups to work to improve safety in the workplace. He is also Chair of The Traumatic Brain Injury Task Force, addressing the needs of countless individuals who are victims of Traumatic Brain Injury (“TBI”), inside and outside of Massachusetts. Finally, Doug Chairs the MBA Media Committee, working to establish a fair and unbiased relationship with the press in order to ensure a positive public image for attorneys everywhere.
Attorney Sheff served for six years as Trustee of the National College of Advocacy, which provides superior education and training for trial lawyers across the United States. Mr. Sheff is a member of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, a group of attorneys who support consumer rights nationwide. He is a fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation and a member of the Academy of Catastrophic Injury Attorneys (ACIA). Attorney Sheff is a Director of the Belli Society, a group recognized for innovative litigation techniques and received the ORT Award for integrity in the law. He is consistently named in the Super Lawyer edition of the publication Boston Magazine. He received MATA’s first annual Excellence in Advocacy Award for his work with victims of traumatic brain injury and has been recognized in the publication, Lifesavers, for preventing injury through aggressive representation of victims of defective products.
Mr. Sheff has been a member and leader of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) for many years. The AAJ is the largest and most significant organization in the Country for trial attorneys and a force for positive legislative change and individual advocacy. Doug currently serves on the AAJ’s Board of Governors and Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group. He was elected by his peers nationally to chair AAJ’s 100 State Delegates, and has served as Chair of its Council of Presidents, representing fifty thousand attorneys nationwide.
Doug has always taken great pride in working with other leaders in the legal community and has made it a priority in his practice to always lead by example. Doug is extremely proud to be the only Attorney in Massachusetts’ history to have ever held the positions of President of the MBA, President of MATA as well as Governor of the AAJ, highlighting his local and national commitment to the betterment of the practice of law and public service.
Doug has also received a number of awards for his work on behalf of clients and the practice of law. Most recently, Doug was chosen as the recipient of the 2014 Middlesex County Bar Association’s Outstanding Service Award for his leadership in developing public awareness of traumatic brain injury and for his lifelong commitment to equal justice under the law. In both 1999 and 2004, Doug received the MATA President’s Special Recognition Award as well as the MATA Excellence in Advocacy Award in 2010. In addition, he received the prestigious Weidemann & Wysocki Award by the AAJ on six separate occasions for his advocacy efforts on behalf of individuals and families affected by the negligence of others. Doug is also a recipient of the coveted ORT Award for integrity in the law. As a father and son team, Chick and Doug together received the ATLA (Currently AAJ) Next Generation Award for their multi-generational efforts to further the practice of law.
- J.D., Boston College Law School, Newton, Massachusetts, 1984
- B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1980
- Massachusetts (1984)
- United States District Court, Massachusetts (1985)
- United States Court of Appeals (1986)
- Massachusetts Bar Association, Past President
- Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, Past President
- American Association for Justice, Board of Governors
- Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group
- Belli Society, Director
- Massachusetts Workplace Safety Task Force, Chair
- Traumatic Brain Injury Task Force, Chair
- National College of Advocacy, Past Trustee for six years
- Massachusetts Bar Foundation, Fellow
- Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Member
- Academy of Catastrophic Injury Attorneys (ACIA), Member
Awards & Recognitions
- 2014 Middlesex County Bar Association’s Outstanding Service Award
- Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2009-Present
- ORT Award, Integrity in the Law
- Excellence in Advocacy Award, First Ever Recipient, MATA
- Lifesavers Magazine
- Next Generation Award, American Association of Justice’s,
- Wiedeman Wysocki Award, Six time recipient
- Massachusetts Lawyers Journal- March 2014- Supporting TBI Victims a “No Brainer”
- Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys - Academy to present Presidents' Award for Excellence in Advocacy to Douglas K. Sheff
- Journal of the American Association for Justice - After the Settlement - Tying up loose ends
- Massachusetts Lawyer's Weekly - Overcoming Juror Bias With Focus Groups
- Journal of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America - The Sheff Story - Partnership built on trust
- AAJ Winter Convention- January 2008- Traumatic Brain injury-Proof of the Invisible
- Subsequent Remedial Measures
- Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly - MATA President Defends Plaintiffs' Rights