How Doug Helps Clients
With more than 40 years' experience, Doug is exceptionally qualified to offer practical and technical counsel. Above and beyond significant experience and proven talent, he remains devoted to professional duty and represents his clients with an authentic enthusiasm.
Doug has concentrated his legal practice on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate control, executive compensation, and contract and technology licensing and services matters. He also acts as a liaison with business clients requiring services of the firm's Tax, Litigation, Healthcare, Financial Institutions, Real Estate, Employment and Intellectual Property Groups.
Doug has represented the nation's largest privately held information technology services company and the nation's leading provider of unclaimed intangible property services. He also acts as general counsel for more than 15 companies. His clients have included a diverse group of middle market companies including publishers, manufacturers, distributors and investment advisory services as well as a variety of healthcare-related businesses.
Active in the management of the firm, Doug serves on the Project and Process Management Committee and Conflicts Resolution Committee and is a past member of the firm's Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and Compensation and Promotions Committee (Advisory Committee), serving as its co-chair. In addition, he has served as Chief Development Officer. In that role, he created the firm's first Leadership Development Program, which is considered to be unique among law firms nationwide. Doug also directed the firm's efforts to implement current best leadership practices among its various practice groups and initiated the firm’s training programs for business development.
What Clients Can Expect
Doug is a strong and responsive communicator. Clients know he will be there for them, with great advice, practical leadership and a truly collaborative approach.
Doug helps clients do what they cannot do themselves. He works as a champion to advance their business goals and support their success.
Be there when needed, never make a promise you can't keep and keep the client informed.
Outside the Office
When he's not helping clients, Doug enjoys time with his wife and their two grown children. He exercises his body and brain by working out, traveling and reading.
Doug also donates his time to help those who struggle with substance abuse and provides pro bono assistance to mentally and physically disabled persons seeking Social Security Disability benefits.
- Adjunct professor, Villanova University School of Law.
- Designated by The Legal Intelligencer as "one of the most talented corporate attorneys around."
- Rated Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Lawyer for more than 20 years
- Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018, 2019 and 2020 lists for Corporate Law
- Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list, periodically since 2007.
- Named to SmartCEO's "Legal Elite" list, 2010.
- Before Buchanan, Doug founded a law firm and acted as its chairman and finance director for 12 years.
- Served as law clerk to the Hon. Lawrence Prattis of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County.
Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1974, cum laude, St. Thomas More Society Award, Order of the Coif, Law Review editor
The Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1971
- New Jersey
Corporate, Banking and Real Estate Sections, Philadelphia Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Association
Homeless Advocacy Project, Volunteer Counsel
Discovery Center Project, Former Advisory Board Member