Two Commerce Square
Suite 3900
2001 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 735-8700

Douglas Evan Ress

Douglas Evan Ress

Of Counsel



Following his graduation magna cum laude from Queens College, where he was its first state finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship and its Scholar Athlete, and his graduation cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, Mr. Ress was an associate for three years at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius handling commercial and other civil litigation. Mr. Ress then associated with Kittredge, Kaufman & Donley, in which he became a partner in 1985. In 1989, Mr. Ress became a co-founding shareholder of KCR and has continued his practice in the area of commercial litigation, personal injury litigation and in a variety of other related litigation matters. For 2022, Mr. Ress has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America as Philadelphia’s singular Lawyer of the Year in bet-the-company litigation, and Mr. Ress has been selected continuously for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2007 to 2022 in the field of commercial litigation, as well as for 2015 through 2022 in the field of bet-the-company litigation.  Mr. Ress also has been repeatedly recognized as a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer” in Philadelphia Magazine. For 2007, Mr. Ress was recognized as one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania, and for 2013, Mr. Ress was recognized as one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Philadelphia.  Effective July 1, 2021, Mr. Ress became “Of Counsel” to the Firm.

Representative Cases

  • Pennsylvania Commerce Court and Delaware Chancery Court litigation involving valuation of companies and/or dissenters' rights, including almost $6 million judgment entered in Delaware Chancery Court for twice the squeeze-out appraisal value offered

  • Numerous representations of Partners, Shareholders or Members in professional business divorce/freeze-out matters

  • National coordinating counsel for a beryllium manufacturer in defense of toxic tort individual and class action litigation

  • Representation of self-insured public companies defending premises and products liability actions

  • Claims for injunctive relief in non-competition and trade secret matters

  • Representation of insureds against carriers for an advertising injury; for coverage and bad faith claims on D&O policy; and for over-reserving and/or mishandling claims files on workers compensation policies with retrospectively rated premiums, establishing law on the burden of proof in such cases

  • Defense of $ 5 billion claim against public company for its alleged theft of the idea to build a trash-to-steam plant seeking disgorgement of its operating profits and arbitrage from the related bond issues

  • Civil RICO action for public company involving kickback scheme from product suppliers to company's purchasing agents

  • Fraud case against internet company and its owner for purchasing computer consulting services with checks they knew would be dishonored -- judgment thereafter not avoided in bankruptcy

  • ERISA litigation with issues ranging from the propriety of the denial of benefits by health plans to QDROs (qualified domestic relations orders)

  • Personal injury and wrongful death representations of family of brain injured plaintiff who committed suicide after being permitted to self-medicate; of motorist suffering from vertebral artery dissection injury; of estates of decedents killed in single car accidents

  • Medical malpractice plaintiffs' verdicts in cases involving improper treatment of patient as being HIV-positive and improper catheterization during post-bladder cancer treatment


  • Queens College, B.A. 1976, magna cum laude
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. 1979, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Activities and Honors

  • Hearing Officer for the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board from 2002 to 2008.
  • Federal Arbitrator for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
  • Judge Pro Tem in the Dispute Resolution Center of the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.
  • By Order of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, effective January 1, 2022, Mr. Ress commenced service as Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Board.  It is the responsibility of the 10-member CLE Board to administer the rules pertaining to the continuing education of Pennsylvania’s 65,000 lawyers; the mission being to assure that attorneys continue their education and maintain the requisite knowledge and skill necessary to fulfill their professional responsibilities.  Mr. Ress was initially appointed to the CLE Board in 2017, and in 2021, has served as Vice-Chair, as well as the CLE Board’s Treasurer and its appointee to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Investment Advisory Board.
  • Mr. Ress has authored articles in his field, including a co-authored article: Tax-Affecting and Beyond: Dela. Radiology Experts Discuss ‘Landmark’ Case, Business Valuation Update, Vol. 13, No. 5, May 2007.
  • Mr. Ress also is a Senior Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, a contributing author to its e-journal: Thoughts From a Road Trip: Exploring What it Takes for Someone to be Truly Great in His or Her Profession, 4 Litigation Commentary & Rev. 29 (January/February 2011), and a member of its Complex Commercial Litigation Institute.
  • Member of the American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations and various trial lawyers’ associations.
  • Board of Directors of Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, and served from 1993 to 2008 and again from 2014 to the present as a Trustee of its Endowment Fund.
  • Board of Directors of the JDOG Foundation, its mission dedicated to veteran and military suicide prevention and higher education for veterans.
  • In 2012, Mr. Ress was inducted as one of nine inaugural Members of the Queens College Athletics Hall of Fame.
  • In 2023, Mr. Ress became a Trustee of the Queens College Foundation.