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Douglas J Lanzo

Mergers and acquisitions Attorney at McLean, VA

5.0   5 reviews
  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 6 years
    Maryland - MD 7 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 13 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 24 years
    New York - NY 26 years
  • Licensed for 6 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2017
    Status
    Active Corporate Counsel No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2016
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Douglas

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Location

Breakout Capital Finance, LLC
6862 Elm Street, 3rd Floor
McLean, VA, 22101

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chief Financial Officer
Breakout Capital hired Doug in May 2017 after he served as external counsel helping the company secure its first credit facility. Since that time, Doug has negotiated an extension of that facility plus two additional credit facilities, led the diligence and negotiations on prospective M&A transactions, and served as a key member of the executive team, where his duties extend well beyond just legal. In addition to being extremely thoughtful, diligent and hard working (consistently one of the last to leave the office), Doug is very pragmatic and able to isolate the key issues that are worth pursuing. He is also very adept at juggling multiple tasks simultaneously such that nothing falls through the cracks. One of the most admirable qualities about Doug is that he is very fair and even-handed. Though he consistently fights to get the best deal he can, he recognizes the need to be transparent and fair in any negotiation with counterparties.
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Posted by Steven | June 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Legal Counsel
Simply put, Doug is one of the top attorney's I have ever worked with. We initially hired Doug's firm to provide counsel and draft the documents on our first financing. Doug took the time to understand our business model so he could better communicate how certain clauses in the financing structure could positively/negatively impact our business. There are just not many attorneys at his level with his experience that get so "deep into the weeds" as he did. After completing the financing, our company hired Doug full time as we were so impressed by his work and we continue to be impressed with hard work and dedication. I can say for certain if Doug had not put in all of the countless hours that he has into our business, we would not be where we are today.
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Posted by Alan | August 7, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Exceptional legal counsel
Doug has always exhibited unparalleled work ethic and firmly grounded personal ethics. You would be hard-pressed to find a better attorney or person. I strongly endorse this lawyer. I have known Doug for close to 7 years. He is a lawyer of great integrity, dedication and intelligence. A valued and trusted adviser, he provides his views with clarity, directness and precision. He is a strong negotiator capable of employing both forceful argument and an open, friendly manner and ready humor in order to achieve the proper result for his clients. I had the pleasure of being one of Doug’s clients from May 2010 through August of 2014 while he supported my business line on many large and heavily structured commodity transactions covering 15 states and 4 markets. Doug’s knowledge, experience and support are unmatched. His work ethic, thoroughness provided complete assurance to the commercial team, allowing the team to more closely focus on core commercial matters, rather than having to worry about risks and challenges in the legal space – Doug simply took that element of concern off the table for the commercial team. This was true on a spectrum of transactions and enabling agreements ranging from ISDA transactions to complex and highly structured transactions involving several different sources of cost and revenue. This bulletproof level of service was consistently delivered to the business line, even though Doug led a number of other quite disparate portfolios, showing the range of Doug’s combined depth and breadth of expertise in credit, construction, commercial and M&A transactions. I offer the highest recommendation of Doug’s work and find him to be an invaluable professional asset, and, most importantly, a pleasure to work with.
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Posted by John | September 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Legal Problem Sover and Invaluable Commercial Asset
I had the pleasure of being one of Doug’s clients from May 2010 through August of 2014 while he supported my business line on many large and heavily structured commodity transactions covering 15 states and 4 markets. Doug’s knowledge, experience and support are unmatched. Doug’s work ethic, thoroughness provided complete assurance to the commercial team, allowing the team to more closely focus on core commercial matters, rather than having to worry about risks and challenges in the legal space – Doug simply took that element of concern off the table. This was true on a spectrum of transactions and enabling agreements such as ISDA transactions to complex and highly structured transactions involving several different sources of cost and revenue. This bulletproof level of service was consistently delivered to the business line, even though Doug led a number of other quite disparate portfolios, showing the power of Doug’s combined depth and breadth of expertise in credit, construction, commercial and M&A transactions. I offer the highest recommendation of Doug’s work and find him to be an invaluable professional asset, and, most importantly, a pleasure to work with.
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Posted by Frank | August 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Douglas Lanzo, Esq.
Mr. Lanzo is an excellent corporate business attorney, with good experience in transactional contracts and trading agreements. He interacts very well with the business staff and has the ability to quickly grasp the business issues and draft the legal documents accordingly.

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Resume

AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Executive Vice President and General Counsel
  • Breakout Capital Finance, LLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Partner
  • Selzer Gurvitch Rabin & Obecny, Chtd.
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Assistant General Counsel
  • Enviva
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Senior Counsel
  • Ppl Electric Utilities/Ppl Services Corp
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Counsel
  • Vinson & Elkins
  • 1999 - 2010
  • Associate
  • Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson
  • 1997 - 1998
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Education

  • Harvard Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Harvard College
  • B.A.
  • 1994

Associations

  • D.C. Bar Community Associations
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Real Estate Finance Committee, Maryland Building Industry Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Selzer Gurvitch
  • Chair, Business Development Committee
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Custom Builders Council, Maryland Building Industry Assocation
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2017
  • International Energy Credit Association (IECA)
  • Chair, Letter of Credit Committee
  • 2013 - 2015
  • IECA Continuing Legal Education Group
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2017
  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2015
  • District of Columbia Bar, Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • National Graduate Scholarship
  • UNICO
  • 1997
  • Harvard College Scholarship
  • Harvard College
  • 1994
  • Men's Scholar Athlete, Cross-Country
  • Harvard College
  • 1992
  • Harvard Club Scholarship
  • Harvard Club of Southern CT
  • 1992
  • Presidential Scholar
  • White House Commission
  • 1990
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Publications

  • Arizona State Law Professor Aaron Fellmeth’s Laws of International Business Transactions (and Teacher’s Manual), (2nd ed., 2011, 1st ed. 2009, Thomas-West American Casebook Series)
  • “International Project Finance Note from the Field
  • 2011
  • Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG)
  • Authored three comparative constitutional
  • 2009
  • Americas Power Review (a Project Finance International publication)
  • “Investors ‘BITe’ Back”
  • 2002
  • 15th Annual The M&A Lawyer Conference: Mergers and Acquisitions in 1998
  • “Review of Shareholder-Adopted Mandatory By-laws”
  • 1998
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Speaking Engagements

  • IECA Standby Letter of Credit Teleconference
  • Moderator
  • 2014
  • IECA Commercial Letter of Credit Teleconference
  • Moderator
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (2)
Endorse Douglas
General practice Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Doug is an excellent attorney. He has significant technical expertise in a wide range of areas and approaches both legal and business issues in a thoughtful, diligent and pragmatic manner. He also exhibits first-rate communication skills, being able to effectively lead complex negotiations, communicate legal issues to management and build consensus. This combination of traits allows Doug to consistently achieve positive outcomes for our company and makes him a key member of the executive team."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is a consummate professional. He is smart, conscientious, and hardworking. I have witnessed his dedication and know he is an asset to any client he serves. I strongly endorse this attorney."
Energy and utilities Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Friend
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. I have known Doug for close to 40 years. He is a lawyer of great integrity, dedication and intelligence. A trusted adviser, he provides his views with clarity and precision. He is a strong negotiator capable of deploying both the forceful argument and an open, friendly manner and ready humor in order to achieve the right result for his clients."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Friend
"Doug has always exhibited unparalleled work ethic and firmly grounded personal ethics. You would be hard-pressed to find a better attorney or person."
Energy and utilities Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the fortunate pleasure to work with Doug on projects undertaken by the International Energy Credit Association’s (IECA) Letter of Credit working group during his tenure as the group's Chair. He led the working group in the production of teleconference panels on letter of credit matters involving operational, credit, marketing and legal experts from different areas of the energy industry, the development of templates and guides for the use of letters of credit in energy transactions, and the taking on and completion of research projects related to potential risks in the interpretation and utilization of certain letters of credit. Doug is an inclusive leader who maintains a group’s focus on the successful completion of goals. Doug has a sharp and insightful legal mind, and he ethically and efficiently applies his broad experience and learning to legal issues. I endorse Doug for letter of credit matters and transactional work in energy."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Doug for several years at Vinson & Elkins in Washington, DC. Doug is a highly skilled and knowledgeable corporate lawyer who works extremely hard for his clients and provides excellent representation."
Construction and development Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Doug many times on a variety of construction and project development matters and have always valued his input and assistance. He is a fine and extremely hard working lawyer who provides valuable assistance to his clientele."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Doug and I worked together for more than three years on many negotiations and I found his work timely, thorough and accurate."
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McLean Mergers and acquisitions Lawyer Douglas J Lanzo
Douglas J Lanzo
Mergers and acquisitions Attorney
McLean, VA
Licensed for 26 years