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 two books on advertising law – Please be Ad-Vised: A Legal Reference Guide for the Advertising Executive, now in its 6th edition and Legal Problems in Advertising, now in its 9th 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 and Chairman of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA), a network of independent law firms, located in more than 50 countries that have expertise in advertising and marketing law, and the Party of We, a website dedicated to debate relating to the Internet.
Doug is also has considerable experience in doing business in Eastern Europe, particularly in Poland and Romania. His experience includes the privatization of state-owned enterprises, litigation, import/export controls, intellectual property, and dealings with state agencies and ministries.
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.
According to The Legal 500 directory, Doug is described by his clients as smart, direct, efficient, and great to deal with.
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), and 101 Things I Want to Say to My Daughter, Andrea, on Beginning her Career (2013).