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Douglas J. Wood

Partner

Education

  • University of New Hampshire School of Law, 2011, Honorary Doctor of Laws
  • New York University School of Law, 1977, LL.M., Trade Regulation
  • University of New Hampshire School of Law, 1976, J.D.
  • University of Rhode Island, 1972, B.A., Political Science

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Bucharest, Romania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York

Doug is Co-Chair of the firm's Media & Entertainment Industry Group and the firm's Advertising, Technology & Media Group. He has more than 35 years' experience representing the entertainment and media industries, including individuals and multinational companies in motion picture, publishing, advertising, marketing, promotions, unfair competition, intellectual property, and e-commerce matters. He is the author of Please be Ad-Vised: A Legal Reference Guide for the Advertising Executive, now in its 7th edition. Doug is a member of the firm’s Social and Digital Media Task Force and co-editor of the Social Media White Paper, entitled Network Interference: A Legal Guide to the Commercial Risks and Rewards of the Social Media Phenomenon. Doug serves as legal adviser to several worldwide trade organizations and is General Counsel to the Association of National Advertisers, the Advertising Research Foundation, and the Advertising Council. He is also the chief negotiator for the Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations, the multi-employer bargaining unit for the advertising industry that negotiates the multi-billion dollar commercials collective bargaining agreements with SAG-AFTRA and the American Federation of Musicians. In addition, Doug is the founder of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA), a network of independent law firms that have expertise in advertising and marketing law with members in more than 50 countries. In 2012, Doug created the Party of We, a website dedicated to debates and conversations related to the Internet.

Doug also has considerable experience in intellectual property issues that rise in connection with marketing brands, including trademark protection, Internet domain name disputes and gTLD issues, and ICANN governance.

Doug is a frequent speaker, writer and media commentator on a variety of subjects involving media, entertainment, advertising and marketing-related legal topics for the Association of National Advertisers, the World Federation of Advertising, the American Advertising Federation, the International Advertising Association, and advertising agency networks and clubs throughout the world.

Doug is also an adjunct faculty on Advertising Law at the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

According to The Legal 500 directory, Doug is described by his clients as smart, direct, efficient, and great to deal with.

Employment History

  • 2004 - Reed Smith
  • Hall Dickler LLP (combined with Reed Smith in 2004)
  • 1972 - Abeles Clark & Osterberg

Honors & Awards

  • Featured in The International Who’s Who of Sports & Entertainment Lawyers by Who’s Who Legal, November 2013
  • Named 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America
  • Top rated in both Chambers and the Legal 500
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2007-2014 issues of Super Lawyers
  • Selected for the 2009-2014 editions of Best Lawyers in America
  • Honorary Doctor of Law degree, University of New Hampshire School of Law, 2011

Professional Affiliations

  • Past Chairman, Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance

Interests

Doug lives in Wyckoff, New Jersey, with his wife, Carol Ann.  He and his wife have three children.  Doug is also the author of three books on a father’s advice: 101 Things I Want to Say to My Daughter, Meghan, on Beginning College (2002), 101 Things I Want to Say to My Son, Joshua, on Graduating  College (2004), 101 Things I Want to Say to My Daughter, Andrea, on Beginning her Career (2013).  His novel, Presidential Intentions, was published in 2014.

Notable Quotes

  • "SAG-AFTRA Offers Olive Branch to Ad Industry" by Dave McNary, Variety (April 1, 2014)
  • "Ad-ID Becomes Industry Standard for Commercials Under SAG-AFTRA" by Jonathan Handel, The Hollywood Reporter (April 1, 2014)