Douglas B. Huron (1945 - 2021)

Douglas B. Huron

At a Glance


  • University of Chicago Law School (J.D.)
  • Swarthmore College (B.A.)

Bar Memberships

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • District of Columbia

Doug Huron was recognized as one of the foremost employment lawyers in the country.

He practiced employment law his entire legal career, beginning in 1970 at the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, with the only break coming during the Carter administration when he served in the White House as Senior Associate Counsel to President Carter. In private practice from 1981 through 2021, he litigated hundreds of employment cases.

While at the Civil Rights Division of Justice, Huron was the lead lawyer for the government in a trial before the legendary Judge Frank Johnson that resulted in the desegregation of the Alabama State Troopers. In private practice, his highest profile case was Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins, a Supreme Court decision establishing that an employer's reliance on sexual stereotypes is unlawful, which resulted in the only court-ordered admission into a partnership.

Huron was educated at Swarthmore College (B.A. 1967) and the University of Chicago Law School (J.D. 1970) and was admitted to practice in the District of Columbia in 1970. He was a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court and several circuit and district courts.

Huron was included in several editions of Best Lawyers in America and appeared on Best Attorneys lists in publications like Washingtonian Magazine and the National Law Journal. He wrote amicus curiae briefs for the Supreme Court. In 2004 he was named Lawyer of the Year by the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association. Huron was a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and served several years as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, teaching a course in Equal Employment Opportunity Law. He published articles on employment law in the Washington Post, Legal Times and other journals.

Huron is survived by his wife, Amy Wind, who runs the mediation program in the Federal courts in DC, and by his three children. He said that, "Most employment cases settle, and I'm proud of the successful settlements we have reached on behalf of scores of clients. But in order to achieve a satisfactory settlement, employers must know that they're going to have a hard fight on their hands."