B.A., Philosophy, University of California at Los Angeles, 1968
Juris Doctor, University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, 1971
California Supreme Court and all State Courts in California 1972
U. S. District Court, Central District of California, 1973
U.S. Supreme Court 1976
Los Angeles Country Bar Association
Beverly Hills Bar Association
While an undergraduate at UCLA, Mr. Bagby, was a member of the UCLA football and track teams and President of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity while also maintaining an outstanding academic record. While in law school at the UCLA School of Law [rated number 6 in the nation at the time] Mr. Bagby won Moot Court competition in brief writing and oral argument and was selected by his tax professor to edit two of his tax books being used at major law schools in the country.
After obtaining his Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law and being admitted to practice law in the State of California in January 1972, Mr. Bagby immediately began representing clients in substantial and complex family law matters and has continued to represent clients in substantial and complex family law matters over the past 40 years, often with and against the top lawyers in the State of California. Mr. Bagby served as a Mediation Hearing Officer for the various Supervising Judges of the Family Law Department of the Superior Court, Central District, for 21 years, and has participated in hundreds of hours of seminars and symposiums concerning family law issues with family law judicial officers, attorneys, forensic accountants, psychiatrists, psychologists, and appraisers and has been a presenter in programs to other family law attorneys.
For over 25 years, Douglas A. Bagby has been recognized among his peers as an outstanding lawyer and has had an "AV" rating, the highest level of professional excellence and ethical standards, by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Bagby has also been recognized for many years by Los Angeles Magazine as a Southern California "Super Lawyer" in family law matters, including 2011 and 2012.
Although obtaining a fair result for clients without the necessity of a trial has always been the first priority of Mr. Bagby, when settlement or mediation is not possible, Mr. Bagby and his associates will be prepared to proceed to trial.
Examples of some significant family law client matters have included:
- Barbara Jean Carnegie Cooke, the wife of Jack Kent Cooke, in a dissolution of marriage of proceeding in which the parties owned, among other assets, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Forum of Inglewood, and 87% of the Washington Redskins. [After three years of vigorous litigation with some of the top lawyers in the country, including two major firms in California, the settlement for Mrs. Cooke was reported to be the Guinness Book of World Records largest settlement at the time.];
- James Irvine of Orange County, California, in a dissolution trial in San Diego, California, involving substantial custody, property and support issues, with the Court concluding following trial that virtually all of the property acquired by the parties was the separate property of Mr. Irvine and, most importantly, Mr. Irvine was successful in establishing and maintaining an extremely close relationship with his two children that has been, by far, the most important result of the proceedings to him and to them;
- Mr. Bagby and his associate counsel were successful on behalf of director, Tim Burton, in obtaining an order for summary judgment dismissing a civil "palimony" and property suit brought against Mr. Burton by a former live-in girlfriend;
- Mr. Bagby represented singer and songwriter, Lisa Marie Presley in the dissolution of her marriage to the popstar icon Michael Jackson;
- Mr. Bagby and his associate counsel represented actor, Dennis Hopper, in his dissolution of marriage proceedings in 2010 prior to his death;
- Mr. Bagby represented film producer, Jon Peters, in child support proceedings in 2010;
- Mr. Bagby represented the former wife of musician, song writer, composer and arranger, David Foster, and obtained a very substantial increase in child support by settlement discussions;
- Mr. Bagby represented the former wife of singer-songwriter, John Denver, in Aspen, Colorado;
- Mr. Bagby was associated in as lead counsel during a lengthy trial in 2006 of a dissolution of marriage action after a 34 year marriage and was successful in persuading the trial judge who had announced an intention to award substantial spousal support to the wife to make no award of spousal support to the wife based upon the assets divided between the parties;
- Mr. Bagby represented the wife of a very prominent physician in a vigorously contested custody, property, and support proceeding consuming more than one month of trial during which the doctor was represented by a prominent family law attorney. [ After over 2 years of litigation, the husband was eventually convicted of 36 counts of contempt; wife obtained custody of the children; and the husband was ordered to pay the wife child support, spousal support, attorneys fees, and the sum of $12,000 per month of supplemental support to cover the services of wife's bodyguard];
- Mr. Bagby successfully defended a television director against multiple counts of contempt where the party seeking contempt was represented by a prominent family law attorney who is known as a family law contempt "specialist";
- Mr. Bagby and his associate counsel represented two women sued by billionaire Donald S. Sterling in which Mr. Bagby was successful in expunging a lis pendens recorded on behalf of Mr. Sterling against a home in Beverly Hills, California and in obtaining a writ (order) from the Court of Appeal directing the trial court to issue an award attorneys fees to his office. [Some of Mr. Bagby's cross examination of billionaire Donald S. Sterling may be found on Smokinggun.com.];
- Mr. Bagby was successful in opposing a motion to set aside a Judgment by a former wife of his client, resulting in a dismissal of the motion, no award of fees and costs to the wife's counsel, who had incurred over $600,000 in attorneys fees, and an award of $100,000 in sanctions against the former wife as a penalty for filing the motion;
- Mr. Bagby and his associate counsel Mr. Moss, obtained an order in October 2011 for a former husband to pay his client $3.5 million for his failure to comply with the provisions of the Judgment entered in 2004; and
- In July 2009, after making unsuccessful efforts to persuade a former husband to make child support payments to his client for years which included years when the four children were residing with the former husband, Mr. Bagby filed a formal motion to have the court determine the amount of child support due and owing to his client. The former husband was represented by multiple prominent attorneys, including several partners with a prominent family law firm. After obtaining information regarding the income of the former husband during the relevant years, in December 2009, before the parties had incurred substantial litigation fees, Mr. Bagby suggested to the former husband's attorneys that the former husband could settle the claims for somewhere in the range of $2.5 million. Husband claimed that he did not owe more than approximately $1 million in back child support because all four minor children moved to his home over the years in question, Mr. Bagby's client had also signed an Acknowledgment of Satisfaction of Judgment in which she acknowledged that she had been paid in full prior to 2002, and he should not be required to pay child support based upon capital gain income. After a trial, the court concluded that the Acknowledgment of Satisfaction of Judgment was not enforceable, and that the former husband was required to pay child support based upon his capital gains income. In November 2011, Mr. Bagby was successful in recovering $3.6 million in back child support in addition to substantial attorneys fees, accounting fees, and costs previously awarded.