Douglas Gates focuses his practice on complex national security and defense matters and regulatory compliance, including internal investigations, government contracting bid protests and congressional investigations. He first joined the firm as a summer associate in 2017. Prior to rejoining the firm in 2021, he served as counsel to the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. 

Mr. Gates clerked for the Honorable Carl J. Nichols of the US District Court for the District of Columbia and the Honorable Michael S. Kanne of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. While attending law school, Mr. Gates interned in the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois and in the Office of the General Counsel for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. He was also a fellow at the James Wilson Institute on Natural Law and the American Founding and a Salzburg Cutler Fellow at the Salzburg Global Seminar.

Before his legal career, Mr. Gates was a surface warfare officer in the US Navy from 2007 to 2015. He served in warships based in Japan and was flag aide to the Seventh Fleet Commander. He was also a master instructor of Political Science at the US Naval Academy and continues to serve as a reserve officer assigned to the Office of Naval Intelligence.

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  • Education

    • JD, The University of Chicago Law School, 2018

      Managing Editor, The Chicago Journal of International Law
    • MA, National Security and Strategic Studies, United States Naval War College, 2015

      with Highest Distinction
    • MA, Security Studies, Georgetown University, 2007

    • BS, Political Science, United States Naval Academy, 2007

      with Merit
  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • Maryland

    • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

    • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

  • Clerkships

    • The Hon. Carl J. Nichols, US District Court for the District of Columbia, 2019 - 2020

    • The Hon. Michael S. Kanne, US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2018 - 2019