Douglas A. (“Doug”) Ruley has over 28 years of experience in environmental law and litigation.

Mr. Ruley began his career with a federal court clerkship in 1987, then joined the law firm of Tharrington & Smith in Raleigh, North Carolina, practicing civil and criminal litigation.  In 1993 he became a staff attorney for Earthjustice, litigating cases to protect Alaska’s great rainforests and to conserve the marine resources of the Bering Sea.  He returned to North Carolina in 1999 to open the Asheville office of the Southern Environmental Law Center, where he litigated cases involving the forests and biodiversity of the Appalachians, air and water pollution, and transportation and land use.

In 2012 Mr. Ruley became the Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic at Vermont Law School.  While at the VLS Clinic he led cases involving various types of pollution and Vermont’s unique land use laws.  Mr. Ruley became of counsel to Davis & Whitlock in 2016.

Mr. Ruley graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude in 1987.

Bar Admissions

  • Alaska (1994) (Inactive)
  • North Carolina (1987)
  • Vermont (2014)