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I have more than 30 years' experience representing national and multinational companies in advertising, marketing, promotions, unfair competition, intellectual property, and e-commerce. I am General Counsel to the Association of National Advertisers, the Advertising Research Foundation, and the Advertising Council. and a frequent speaker, writer and commentator for the ANA, the World Federation of Advertisers, the American Advertising Federation, and ad clubs throughout the United States


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  1. Advertising: 40%
    39 years
  2. Media: 20%
    39 years
  3. Entertainment: 15%
    39 years
  4. Intellectual Property: 10%
    39 years
  5. Other: 15%
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  • Brian Joseph Meli

    Doug has probably forgotten more about communications and entertainment law than most other lawyers will ever know. I consider him the pre-eminent expert in the field. He is also an accomplished speaker, and one of the more enjoyable people in the industry to talk to (and learn from). I recommend him wholeheartedly.


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599 Lexington Ave
New York, NY, 10022-6030


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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
New York Super LawyersNew York Super Lawyers2007
Best Lawyers in America -- AdvertisingBest Lawyers in America2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Executive PartnerHall Dickler Kent Goldstein & Wood1977 - 2004
AssociateAbeles Clark & Osterberg1976 - 1977
Association namePosition nameDuration
Global Advertising Lawyers AllianceChairman and Founder1996 - Present
Franklin Pierce Law CenterChairman, Board of Trustees1985 - Present
Touchdown Club of AmericaPresident1980 - 1990
Publication nameTitleDate
Please Be AdVised, the Legal Guide for the Advertising ExecutiveAuthor2005
Legal Problems in AdvertisingCo-Author2003
Advertising in Europe and North AmericaThe Internet and Advertising Law1996
Adlaw by ReqestEditor in ChiefN/A
The AdvertiserRegular ColumnistN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawTrade RegulationLL.M - Master of Laws1977
Franklin Pierce Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
University of Rhode IslandPolitical ScienceBA1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Hawaii Bar Association ConferenceProtecting Native Hawaiian Arts Using Cultural Trademarks2008
Advetising Law & Business Affairs Conference (Co-Chair)Update on Labor Negotiations with SAG and AFTRA2008
Advertising Law ConferenceSelf Regulation in Advertising2008
2008 Advertising ConferenceThe Business and Creative Sids of Advertising Law2008
e-Commerce Law Institute (Ireland)Comparative Advertising Law2007
Conference on Advertising Law (Colombia)Taste and Decency in Advertising2007
Ad Asia 2007 (Jeju, South Korea)Ambush Marketing2007
1st China Advertising Congress (Beijing, China)Self-Regulation -- A Partnership for Consumer Protection2007
40th Annual Congress (Dubai, UAE)International Self-Regulation2006
Ad Asia 2005 (Singapore)Legal Issues Surrounding Global Advertising2005