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Douglas E. Sakaguchi

South Bend Lawyer Douglas SakaguchiPractice Areas: Personal Injury, Products Liability, Wrongful Death and Premises Liability

Doug Sakaguchi is a partner at Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak and focuses his practice on personal injury law.  Since graduating from law school in 1997, Mr. Sakaguchi has spent his entire legal career in personal injury law, seeing all sides of insurance claims through litigation and trial.  He began his legal career as a defense attorney defending insurance companies and businesses in a variety of personal injury claims.  After gaining significant insight into how insurance companies handle and defend claims, he decided he wanted to use that knowledge to help injured people who had fallen victim to careless drivers, negligent landowners, or dangerous products.  For more than 20 years, Doug has focused his professional attention on helping injured people navigate the legal obstacles that arise when their lives are interrupted by an avoidable injury.  In his personal time, Doug enjoys nearly any outdoor activity, including snow skiing, water skiing, and hiking. 

Court Admissions

  • Indiana United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • Indiana United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • State of Indiana

Memberships and Leadership Positions

  • St. Joseph County Judicial Nominating Commission (2016 – Present)
  • St. Joseph County Bar Association (President 2012-13)
  • St. Joseph County Bar Foundation (Board of Directors 2010-11)
  • Robert A. Grant Inn of Court (Secretary/Treasurer 2008-10)
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • National Trial Lawyers, Indiana Top 100


  • Indiana University (B.A., 1992)
  • Valparaiso University (J.D., 1997)
    • Valparaiso Law Review, Note Editor

Published Opinions

  • Thomson v. Saint Joseph Reg. Medical Center, 26 N.E.3d 89 (Ind. Ct. App. 2015)
  • Bazeley v. Price, 14 N.E.3d 127 (Ind. Ct. App. 2014)
  • Estate of Carter v. Szymczak, 951 N.E.2d 1 (Ind. Ct. App. 2011)
  • Sears Roebuck and Co. v. Soja, 932 N.E.2d 245 (Ind. Ct. App. 2010)
  • City of South Bend v. Dollahan, 918 N.E.2d 343 (Ind. Ct. App. 2009)
  • Westbend Mut. v. Keaton, 755 N.E.2d 652 (Ind. Ct. App. 2001)