Most of Douglas’ work involves helping people who have been catastrophically injured or killed in a tractor trailer collision. Because of his experience advocating on behalf of truck crash victims, Douglas is frequently sought out as lead co-counsel by other lawyers on these cases. Douglas’ results have garnered serious attention, including recognition by local publications, as well as national trial lawyer and trucking industry periodicals. His results on behalf of his clients have consistently been placed in SC Lawyers Weekly’s annual list of Top Verdicts and Settlements since 2013.
While truck crash cases are his passion, Douglas has helped clients achieve multi-million-dollar jury verdicts and settlements in State and Federal Court on a variety of other cases involving insurance bad faith, motor vehicle collisions, dram shop cases, medical malpractice, defective products, commercial/business disputes, and premises liability.
Douglas grew up in the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina in the city of Bennettsville. After graduating from Clemson University and receiving a B.A. in Political Science, Douglas attended law school at the Charleston School of Law. He joined Yarborough Applegate not long after its inception and is an equity partner in the firm.
Douglas also serves on the Board of Directors for a local non-profit, Camp Happy Days, as well as the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series Advisory Board of Directors.
Douglas and his wife, Leanne, have two kids, Merritt and Smith.
Charleston School of Law
Clemson University, B.A. in Political Science
American Association of Justice
South Carolina Association of Justice
AAJ's Trucking Litigation Group
Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys
Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
James L. Petigru Inn of Court
Charleston County Bar Association
Board of Directors for Camp Happy Days
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Governor's Cup Billfishing Series Advisory Board of Directors
Super Lawyers 2022
Super Lawyers ‘Rising Star’ 2018 to 2021
Legal Elite of the Lowcountry by Charleston Business Magazine 2018 & 2019
Top 10 Under 40 by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys 2015
Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers 2017 to 2020
Construction Defect Settlement
We worked as lead co-counsel to recover $18,249,000 for construction deficiencies involving a downtown Charleston condominium complex. The alleged deficiencies involved water intrusion and various other issues with the building's envelope and structural integrity.
Settlement for Teen Victims of UTV Rollover
After a utility terrain vehicle (UTV) rollover left one teenage girl dead and another seriously injured, Yarborough Applegate attorneys secured a $10 million settlement on behalf of the two young victims and their families.
Amusement Ride TBI Settlement
We secured a $9.9 million settlement for 44-year-old mother two who suffered catastrophic injuries when she was ejected from a commercial recreational amusement ride.
Settlement for Man Injured in Tractor-Trailer Crash
The driver of an approaching box truck ignored a stop sign and collided with our client’s vehicle, causing him injuries that required an airlift from the scene.
Dram Shop and Drunk Driver Liability
A drunk driver struck our client, a pedestrian working on a nighttime road paving crew, and fled the scene of the accident.
Tractor Trailer and Distracted Driving
A tractor trailer truck struck a couple's vehicle as they slowed to turn into their driveway. The truck driver was talking on his phone at the time of the crash.
Every year, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly compiles a list of the top million-dollar settlements in the state reported in its newspaper. Since 2011, Yarborough Applegate has appeared on this list every year, always securing at least 3 spots. In 2016, Yarborough Applegate earned 8 of the 18 spots on the list totaling $18.15 million in […]
The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (NAOPIA) recently published its list of nationally ranked personal injury attorneys. The NAOPIA recognizes the Top personal injury attorneys in each state with the intent of helping consumers select well-qualified professionals when legal representation is needed. This year, Yarborough Applegate Attorney Douglas Jennings has made the list within […]
Yarborough Applegate is thrilled to announce the promotion of its longtime Associate Attorney Douglas Jennings to Partner, alongside the firm’s founders William Applegate and David Yarborough. Jennings joined the Yarborough Applegate team in 2010 – not long after the firm’s founding – and has had an incredible impact on both his clients, and the firm. […]
Yarborough Applegate is once again honored to be represented in the South Carolina Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Attorneys David B. Yarborough, Jr. and William E. Applegate, IV have both been named to the Top 10 in Charleston and Top 25 in South Carolina lists. Attorneys Douglas E. Jennings, David Lail and Christopher Bryant […]