While some people become famous based on what they have been able to achieve on their own, others become popular by simply associating, dating, marrying, or hanging around famous people. There are also people who belong to both categories like Douglas Emhoff. The accomplished litigator and strategic advisor is not just well-known for fighting for the downtrodden through litigation but also for being the husband of America’s famous senator, Kamala Harris.
What was Emhoff’s life like before he walked down the aisle with Kamala and how has their marriage affected his career? Let’s take you through the journey of his career and family life before and after his marriage to the 2020 Democratic presidential contender.
Douglas Emhoff’s Life Before Kamala Harris
There isn’t much information on Douglas’ background, but we have it from a reliable source that he was born in 1964 in New York, and was brought up alongside his sister. He is a practicing Christian, belongs to the white ethnicity, and is of American nationality.
We don’t have information on his early education, but he attended California State University where he graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Media Studies.
In 1990, Douglas bagged a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law. He was called to a bar in Washington in March 2017. Before that, he worked as an associate for Bingham McCutchen LLP from 1993 to 1995, after which he moved over to Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. In 1998, Douglas Emhoff became a partner at Belin Rawlings & Badal law firm.
His First Marriage and How He Met The Politician
If you have been looking for proof of the efficacy of blind dates, then you have your answers in the union between Douglas Emhoff and Kamala Harris, a politician known as the Junior US Senator from California. According to reports, Douglas met his current wife on a blind date arranged by Kamala’s friend Chrisette Hudlin, who is a public relations consultant.
They started seeing each other after their first date and barely a year later, Douglas popped the big question to Kamala armed with a platinum and diamond engagement ring, right in her apartment. They came to an agreement to tie the knot within six months of their engagement since Kamala is averse to a long engagement. Kamala and Douglas announced that they have decided to get married on the 7th of April 2014. The duo exchanged marital vows on the 22nd of August that same year in Santa Barbara. It would appear that their wedding was a family affair as Kamala’s sister Maya Harris officiated the ceremony.
Before his marriage to the U.S senator, Douglas was married and has two lovely kids with his ex-wife called Kerstin Emhoff. From what we gathered, Kerstin is an executive producer at Prettybird which she co-founded. She has produced movies like The Tillman Story, The Monster, and The Trust.
His kids; Cole and Ella are named after John Coltrane and Ella Fitzgerald. While Ella is currently a student at Parsons School of Design, Cole recently graduated from Colorado College.
Has Douglas Emhoff Family Life With Kamala Affected His Career In Any Way?
Douglas and Kamala have no kid together, but the politician is a stepmom to Douglas’ children from his previous marriage. To the best of our knowledge, her stepchildren who are adults have a good relationship with Kamala Harris, they fondly call her “Momala”.
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Douglas Emhoff’s marriage to Kamala Harris hasn’t affected his career in any negative way. The brilliant solicitor has a reputation for fighting for the downtrodden through litigation. Specializing in marketing and advertising as well as commercial litigation, more often than not, he represents clients who find themselves in a David vs Goliath situation.
Siding with the Davids, he helps them to get justice by either assuming the role of a trusted advisor behind the scene or via aggressive litigation in the court. Douglas’ career as a lawyer has spanned over two decades and he has represented clients across different industries which include; hospitality, advertising, character licensing, and technology.
Despite having a very successful career, Douglas is a very private person who loved to keep it simple and personal, but all that ended the day he decided to marry Kamala. While Kamala is at home with being constantly under the spotlight, Douglas tends to avoid publicity but that isn’t so possible as he became a subject of public discourse after his wife declared her intentions of running for the U.S Presidency come 2020.
Being married to one of America’s powerful women didn’t mean an end to Emhoff’s career as he is still into what he loves doing. Currently, he serves as the West Coast director for Venable LLP in Los Angeles. The duo can be described as a power couple and the fact that both are solicitors makes it even better. Forbes recently estimated their net worth at $6 million.