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Doug Purdy Retires After Distinguished Career

July 10, 2024

Clark Hill announces the retirement of Doug Purdy, an esteemed and dedicated member of Morris Polich & Purdy and Clark Hill’s legal team for more than 54 years. Purdy has decided to step down from the practice of law, leaving behind a legacy of excellence, commitment, and profound impact on Clark Hill and the broader legal community.

After joining Morris Polich & Purdy in 1971, Purdy was instrumental in shaping its success and reputation. Purdy’s main area of practice was his representation of architects and engineers. He successfully represented countless design professionals and consistently demonstrated his exceptional legal acumen and unwavering dedication to his clients.

“Doug has been a tremendous leader in the Los Angeles legal community for several decades,” said Clark Hill Executive Committee member Penelope Deihl, who worked with Purdy for many years both at Morris Polich and Purdy and Clark Hill. “He served as a mentor to me and many others and made a significant impact for those who trusted him for their legal services. He is equally known for his trial skills as his professionalism, and his commitment to elevating the reputation of the legal profession.”

Purdy earned numerous accolades during his career. He was AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and from 2004 to 2019 he was named a Southern California Super Lawyer, a distinction that honors the top 5% of lawyers in the region. He also received the Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Award, and in 2020 the Los Angeles County Bar Association recognized him with the Flaig Award for excellence in construction law.

In 2017, Morris Polich & Purdy combined with Clark Hill. That combination enabled Clark Hill to expand to the West Coast while providing Doug and his team with more opportunities nationwide.

“It has been a privilege to know Doug. His dedication to the people he works with and the legal community has been inspiring” said Clark Hill CEO John Hensien. “Doug’s retirement is a loss to the firm, but his influence will undoubtedly endure.”

In retirement, Purdy will enjoy time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He will continue to pursue his passion for reading and spending time in his garden.

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