Who is Douglas Emhoff?
Douglas Emhoff is a highly experienced American litigator and strategic advisor. He is the husband of attorney and politician Kamala Harris, the former Attorney General of California and the current junior US Senator from the state. Kamala Harris is considered a top contender for the 2020 Democratic nomination for President, which recently created curiosity about Emhoff in the media. He has been working in the law field for over 25 years, starting with law firms like Bingham McCutchen LLP and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. He later became partner at Belin Rawlings & Badal and Whitwell Jacoby Emhoff LLP, and served as the Managing Director of Venable LLP for over a decade. He is currently a media, entertainment and intellectual property partner at DLA Piper, one of the largest and most prestigious global law firms, in their Century City, Washington D.C. office. His swearing in ceremony for the Washington D.C. bar was in March 2017.
After completing his studies, Douglas Emhoff joined Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in the Greater Los Angeles Area as an Associate, in 1990. Three years later, he moved to Bingham McCutchen LLP in the same area, but moved back to Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in 1995 and continued to work in that position for the next three years. In 1998, he joined Belin Rawlings & Badal as a Special Counsel, and became a partner of the Los Angeles-based law firm in 2000. For the next six years, he was a managing partner at Whitwell Jacoby Emhoff LLP in Beverly Hills. In August 2006, he joined Venable LLP as its Managing Director in the West Coast and took charge of their branches in LA and San Francisco. He served in that position till September 2017, and became a partner of the global law firm, DLA Piper, the following month. According to his profile, he has become one of the go-to lawyers in California over the past decades thanks to the diverse experience he has gathered throughout his illustrious career. He recently became a new favorite of the tabloids due to speculations that he can potentially become the first 'First Man' of the US, if his wife, Senator Kamala Harris, runs for the Presidency in the 2020 elections.
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Family & Personal Life
Douglas Emhoff was born in 1964 in New York, United States, where he was raised alongside his sister. In 1982, he enrolled into California State University, Northridge, from where he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Media Studies in 1987. He next decided to pursue a law course at the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, and earned his Juris Doctorate degree in 1990.
Relationship with Kamala Harris
While Douglas Emhoff is best recognized as the husband of Kamala Harris, he was already married once before and had divorced from his first wife Kerstin Emhoff. Kerstin is the co-founder, president and executive producer of the production company PrettyBird, which has produced movies like 'The Tillman Story', 'The Monster', and 'The Trust'. He has a son named Cole and a daughter named Ella from his first marriage. In 2017, he attended his son's college graduation ceremony and her daughter's Senior Art Show. Ella recently completed her high school graduation.
Emhoff first met Harris on a blind date set up by one of her close friends. The two started dating soon after, and about a year later, he proposed to her in her apartment with a diamond and platinum ring. On April 7th, 2014, he announced that they were engaged. As Harris did not like long engagements, they had agreed to get married soon, and finally tied the knot on August 22, 2014, at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse in Santa Barbara, California. The wedding ceremony was a private affair officiated by her sister Maya Harris, a lawyer and MSNBC political analyst.
Financial Status & Philanthropy
Both Douglas Emhoff and his wife Kamala Harris are successful in their respective careers and are also involved with various charitable causes. According to their 2015 tax fillings, they had a combined income of nearly $1.17 million, which cost them about $450,000 in state and federal income taxes. The reports also mentioned that in that particular year, they donated $32,947 to charity, including a $10,000 donation to UNICEF. They also donated money to several educational institutes, including $1,250 to the University of Southern California, his alma mater, $1,000 to the national nonprofit College Track and $100 to CASA of Los Angeles.
According to a report, Emhoff had massive stock holdings in companies like Citibank, Wells Fargo, and Monsanto, but in 2015, as his wife began her campaign for the senate, he reportedly sold off all of his stocks, including stocks in Caterpillar, Verizon, Valero Energy and Hess Corp.