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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 the managing partner of the New York office, a member of the firm’s Entertainment and Media Industry Group and the leader of the firm's Advertising and Marketing Law Practice.

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. 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 comprised of independent law firms that have expertise in advertising and marketing law with members in more than 80 countries. 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 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
  • Managing Partner, New York Office 
  • 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 2009-2015 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 New Jersey with his wife, Carol Ann. He and his wife have three adult children. Doug is also the author of three books on fatherly advice, which have been consolidated and now available in 101 Things I Want to Say…the Collection (2014). His first novel, Presidential Intentions, was published in 2014, and its sequel, Presidential Declarations, will be published in Spring 2015.

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)