Since leaving the Justice Department twenty one years ago, Doug has focused his practice on white-collar criminal matters and civil litigation. Over the years he has represented and tried cases for individuals and businesses, including politicians, CEOs, attorneys, doctors, accountants, securities analysts and traders, investment bankers, and government agents in all types of matters including campaign finance violations, government corruption (including bribery and foreign corrupt practices), environmental crimes, tax crimes, antitrust crimes, securities violations, insider trading, and all forms of fraud, including securities fraud, mail and telemarketing fraud, government procurement fraud, bank fraud, insurance fraud, and false statements to government officials and investigators.
Doug has represented corporations in criminal investigations involving workplace deaths, bribery of government officials both inside and outside the U.S., theft of funds from federally funded organizations, undocumented alien employees, theft of trade secrets and corporate espionage, the sale of misbranded pharmaceuticals over the internet, student loan lending practices, and environmental violations involving asbestos remediation, the clean water act, and the illegal discharges of oil by vessels on the high seas and the Great Lakes. In many of these matters he has conducted internal investigations. At the same time, he has also litigated federal forfeiture issues on behalf of banks, foreign businesses and individuals, including allegations involving illegal structuring and money laundering.
Doug entered private practice after ten years as senior special attorney and deputy chief of the U.S. Department of Justice, Organized Crime Strike Force for the Eastern District of New York. As a prosecutor, he convicted the heads of the Gambino and Columbo organized crime families, and he also successfully prosecuted a number of officials in the New York City Carpenters' union on charges of labor racketeering. Prior to becoming a federal prosecutor, Doug was an assistant district attorney for four and one half years in the Kings County District Attorney's office, where he handled jury trials and criminal appeals in matters involving homicides and other serious felonies.
Doug is admitted to practice in the state of New York and before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the district courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He has appeared in other federal courts throughout the United States.
- Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1975
- Colgate University, B.A., 1972
- Led trial team acquittal of a senior executive of a multi-national corporation accused of bribing a public official.
- Won mid-trial dismissal of retired FBI Supervisor indicted by local prosecutors on four counts of murder.
- Secured pre-trial dismissal of federal wire fraud indictment brought against hedge fund analyst charged with theft and embezzlement.
- Successfully negotiated non-prosecution of elected state public official in federal campaign finance investigation.
- Won separate acquittals for owner of tugboats and barges in two federal criminal prosecutions alleging illegal discharges of municipal waste and illegal storage of PCB contaminated oil.
- Won dismissal of forfeiture action seizing assets of prominent Russian businessman.
- Internal Investigations:
- Worldwide shipping company accused of illegal discharges of oily waste from cargo ship.
- Fortune 500 manufacturer investigated for corporate espionage.
- Fortune 500 manufacturer victimized by employee theft of formulas.
- Regional bank accused of deficient lending practices.
- Accounting firm accused of altering audit conclusions.
- Clothing importer and manufacturer accused of hiring undocumented aliens.
- Government contractor investigated for thefts of “government inventory” in contractor’s control.
Professional & Civic Involvement
Professional ActivitiesEastern District Civil Litigation Fund · Board of Trustees
Community ActivitiesCity Island Yacht Club
- Combatting Co-Conspirator Statements with FRE 806 · New York Law Journal, Vol. 249-No. 28, S6-S7, February 11, 2013
- Lecturer, "Crisis Management ... How to React When the Worst Happens!", Thompson Hine Chemical Industry Initiative, December 4, 2012
- Lecturer, "The Uproar over Student Loans: What's Next", Education Finance Council, Washington, D.C., July 11, 2007
- Lecturer, "Federal Sentencing after Booker", Trial.com Litigation Management Review, August 2005
- Lecturer, "Corporate Scandals and Securities Litigation Implications", American Society of Corporate Secretaries, Cleveland, Ohio Chapter, November 2004
- Guest Lecturer, "What to Do When the Government Knocks on the Door", Trial.com Litigation Management Review, New York City, August 2003
- Guest Instructor, Fordham Law School Trial Advocacy Program
- Guest Instructor, Kings County District Attorney’s Office Trial Advocacy program
- Selected for The Best Lawyers in America, White-Collar Crime, 2006-2013
- Selected for New York Super Lawyers magazine for Criminal Defense: White-Collar and Business Litigation, 2006-2012