Doug is a partner in the Commercial Litigation & Disputes Group. He took six cases to trial in 2013 (one domestic and one international arbitration, two bench trials, a three-day preliminary injunction hearing, and a federal jury trial). All went to, or are awaiting, decision, save the jury trial which settled at jury selection. Two of the cases concerned employee restrictive covenants, one was a real estate dispute, one was a promissory estoppel and shareholder case, one concerned a hotel management agreement, and the last (which settled) concerned federal trademark law. The diversity of these matters roughly parallels Doug’s practice, which focuses in the areas of (a) trade secrets and employee restrictive covenants (both prosecution and defense, and all related causes of action including actions related to protecting and recovering electronic data), (b) disputes among business partners in various corporate forms (including the prosecution and defense of shareholder oppression claims, securities defense and other investment-related actions arising out of public and private transactions) and (c) complex business disputes, including commercial real-estate litigation, contract disputes, class action and MDL cases, and emergency matters requiring expedited proceedings.
With his 18 years of commercial litigation and arbitration experience, Doug represents both plaintiffs and defendants in trial, appellate and arbitration work in a wide range of matters across the country. Doug’s federal jury experience includes representing a plaintiff in a successful veil-piercing trial, and representing a defendant in the successful defense of a 3,000 member class-action case. Doug has tried four real estate cases to verdict, including disputes about a commercial parking easement, a charity’s purchase of adjacent property, and a shopping center radius restriction. In his restrictive covenant practice, Doug recently defended two clients in a contested trade secret preliminary injunction hearing, tried a case in Pennsylvania state court, arbitrated a case in Indiana, and has prosecuted or defended TROs and preliminary injunctions in California, Arizona, Oregon, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey and Florida in industries including printing, accounting, software, natural resources, food manufacturing, biotechnology and service contracts. In his arbitration practice, Doug recently arbitrated a non-compete dispute for an accountant, prosecuted an international arbitration (Canadian law) concerning a hotel management agreement, won a breach-of-contract arbitration in New Jersey, settled a real-estate arbitration in Florida, and settled a partnership dispute arbitration in Illinois.
Early in his career, Doug served as assistant legal counsel to the Illinois House Democrats and the Speaker of the House for two terms, from 1996 to 1997. His work encompassed analyzing and drafting legislation, and providing general legal advice to House members on issues of state and federal law. With this experience and his understanding of the political process, he represents political clients in their commercial and other disputes, and non-governmental clients in disputes with governmental and political entities.