As a corporate lawyer with more than 20 years of business and legal experience, Doug represents clients in a broad range of industries, with a particular focus in the technology and the restaurant/retail sectors. He also acts as a value-conscious general counsel for companies, coordinating and utilizing other Maslon lawyers when needed with employment, litigation, real estate, or technology expertise.
Doug helps companies achieve their potential by prudently managing risk while "right-sizing" legal services to minimize expenses. He's had the privilege of working with a broad range of businesses along the way—including a few companies that had good technology or business plans, but did not reach their potential due to missed opportunities for growth or other missteps—and draws from it all to help guide his clients forward.
For emerging and venture-backed businesses, he assists with strategy, corporate structuring, raising capital, negotiating contracts, and mergers/acquisitions. Several of Doug's clients were financed at some stage by venture capital, private equity firms, or strategic corporate investors, and Doug has considerable experience in structuring these transactions in addition to more routine "retail" private placements. He helps more mature businesses in raising further growth capital, contracts, mergers/acquisitions, and board/corporate governance counseling.
Doug served as chair of Maslon's Business & Securities Group from 2001 to 2007 and 2014 to 2016. In addition, Doug was a member of Maslon's Governance Committee (i.e. its executive committee) from 2007 to 2013, and served as Maslon's chair in 2012 and 2013. Doug has also served on the Board of Directors of Meritas, an international law firm network with over 7,000 lawyers in 80 countries. In addition, he has served on several strategic planning committees, for both Maslon and Meritas, as well as client advisory groups. Doug also attended the Aspen Institute in 2013, participating in the Institute's noted Aspen Seminar, a premier roundtable on leadership.
Doug is married, has four children, and lives in St. Paul.
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