Douglas S. Anderson has been a licensed attorney for 34 years, currently practicing in Woodbridge, Virginia. He was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1982 and to the Virginia State Bar in 2008.
He received his B.S. degree in Political Science graduating cum laude from the University of Oregon in 1978. Following his undergraduate studies, Doug attended Pepperdine Law School where he was a member of the Pepperdine Law Review and published the article, Corporate Homicide: The Stark Realities of Artificial Beings and Legal Fictions. Doug also competed in and won the school’s moot court competition. He received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1981.
Doug started his legal practice by joining a private law firm in Corvallis, Oregon where he practiced law for three years, primarily in the areas of worker’s compensation and domestic relations, writing numerous appellate briefs to the Oregon Supreme Court and the Oregon Court of Appeals. In April, 1984, he accepted a position as deputy district attorney in Lincoln County, Oregon, a job he held until June, 1985. From there, he applied for and received his commission to the U.S. Air Force where he served as a judge advocate. During a distinguished 20 year career, he received numerous awards, including being named the 1986 Company Grade Officer of the Year for Los Angeles AFB , being selected as the Best Young Judge Advocate for Space Command in 1993, and earning an LLM (Masters of Law degree) in Military Law with a specialty in International Law in May, 1995. In July, 2005, Doug retired from the Air Force at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, served as a licensed minister (from 2005 – 2013), and established a non-profit ministry where he hosted and spoke at several conferences.
In 2008, he returned to the practice of law, taking the Virginia Bar exam and opening his own law office specializing in wills, trusts, estate and trust settlement work. Doug was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011 and joined the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys that same year.
Doug has been a prolific writer, publishing numerous articles in law journals, including “A Military Look into Space: The Ultimate High Ground,” in the Army Lawyer, a book review, in the Military Law Review, an article in The American Journal of International Law entitled, “The Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act of 2000: Closing the Gap,” and an article in International Law Studies entitled, “Information Operations in the Space Law Arena: Science Fiction Becomes Reality.” In addition to professional articles, he has co-authored a book entitled, “Contending for the Constitution,” and authored his latest book, an inspirational true story about the struggles of an immigrant Nigerian woman, called, “Her Name is Happiness,” in 2009.
He and his wife Laura currently live in Woodbridge, Virginia, and have two grown children, Paul and Christina, and two adorable grandchildren, Savannah and Caleb.