Doug Keller graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas School of Law. Doug has spent most of his fifteen-year legal career focusing on appellate litigation. He has represented hundreds of clients on appeal in civil and criminal cases, and he has appeared in state and federal courts around the country. Doug began his legal career at a large, national law firm, where he focused on commercial litigation. He then clerked for the Honorable Thomas Reavley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Later, he was a fellow in the appellate-litigation clinic at Georgetown University Law Center where he supervised law students working on civil appeals. For nearly a decade, Doug worked as a federal public defender at Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. While there, he regularly appeared before the Ninth Circuit on behalf of indigent criminal defendants. He has won many published decisions, including United States v. Corrales-Vazquez, 931 F.3d 944 (9th Cir. 2019), which caused the reversal of not only his client’s conviction, but the convictions of 500 others as well. He also filed the successful petition for certiorari in Tapia v. United States, 564 U.S. 319 (2011), in which the Supreme Court held that federal law prohibited a federal court from imposing a longer sentence to rehabilitate a defendant. Doug is also an accomplished scholar, and his publications have been cited by the Ninth Circuit and other federal courts. Doug grew up in Texas—but his Yankee parents deprived him of a charming Texas accent. He spends most of his free time with his wife and daughter, who keep him on his toes.
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