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Douglas J. Wood

Douglas J. Wood



  • 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 a member of the firm’s Entertainment and Media Industry Group and the leader of the firm's Advertising and Marketing Law Practice, recognized by U.S. News & World Reports as the 2016 Law Firm of the Year for Advertising Law.

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 an adjunct faculty on Advertising Law at the University of New Hampshire School of Law and the author of four books, Please be Advised, a Legal Reference Guide for the Advertising Executive, 101 Things I Want to Say…the Collection, a book of parental advice, and Presidential Intentions and Presidential Declarations, novels of historical fiction.

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
    • Former Managing Partner, New York Office 
  • Hall Dickler LLP (combined with Reed Smith in 2004)
  • 1972 - Abeles Clark & Osterberg

Honors & Awards

  • Honorary Doctor of Law degree, University of New Hampshire School of Law, 2011
    • Professional Affiliations

      • Past Chairman, Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance


      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

      • 1 April 2014 "SAG-AFTRA Offers Olive Branch to Ad Industry" Variety
      • 1 April 2014 "Ad-ID Becomes Industry Standard for Commercials Under SAG-AFTRA" The Hollywood Reporter