In my law practice, I defend particular clients in particular securities and governance cases.  My mission is to get them through the litigation safely and comfortably.

But I’ve always had a broader interest in securities law and practice as well.  After Congress passed the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, I read and chronicled every Reform Act court decision over the next several years.  As a senior associate and, later, a junior partner, I wrote articles, helped my mentors prepare for speeches, and then started speaking myself.  I also began to discuss securities litigation issues behind the scenes with other defense lawyers, plaintiffs’ lawyers, and D&O insurers and brokers, and enjoyed the collegiality those discussions involved.

My connection with this broader group of repeat players in securities litigation was the seed of the D&O Discourse blog—my posts are basically the types of discussions I’ve had over the years.  In setting up the blog, I got good advice from mentors:  write with at least one specific person in mind; address issues I care about; and avoid trying to chronicle new developments.  That advice led to the feature of the blog people seem to like the most:  I call it like I see it.  But, to be candid about this too, I get butterflies every time I hit “enter” to send a pointed post out into the insensitive internet.

I’m grateful for the time my colleagues let me spend on the blog; for friends who generously take time to kick around draft posts; and for readers who take time to read what I write—it’s still humbling that so many people care what I have to say.

People sometimes ask me about my favorite posts.  Here is a list of one of my favorite posts from each year of the blog:

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Doug Greene is one of the United States’ most experienced and successful securities litigators. He has focused his practice exclusively on securities and corporate governance litigation since 1997 and is among a small group of practitioners nationwide who handle such matters full time. From his home base in Seattle, he defends clients around the country and the world.

Doug spent the first 20 years of his career at national law firms. In 2012, Doug moved his practice to Lane Powell to establish a securities litigation practice that combines national experience and regional economics. He is Chair of the Firm’s Securities Litigation Practice Group.

As a securities litigator, Doug defends public companies and their directors and officers in securities class actions, litigation concerning mergers and acquisitions, shareholder derivative actions, and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigations and enforcement proceedings. He also conducts internal corporate investigations.

Doug has been recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” in securities litigation by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, whose sources praised his “incredible skills,” “strategy,” and “ability to articulate arguments in a succinct and passionate manner.” They also appreciated his “client focus” and “availability 24/7.”

Outside of handling client matters, Doug devotes a significant amount of time to developing and sharing his knowledge of securities and corporate governance litigation law and practice. He is a frequent public speaker and author, and is the founder of and principal contributor to Lane Powell’s blog D&O Discourse, the first and only blog devoted to providing opinion from a defense perspective on shareholder litigation matters.

Doug serves in leadership positions in several professional organizations:

  • Advisory Board Member, National Association of Corporate Directors, Northwest Chapter (2012-Present)
  • Board of Advisors, Securities Reform Act Litigation Reporter (2008-Present)
  • Member, Securities Committee, Washington State Bar Association (2003-Present)
  • Co-chair, D&O Liability Conference, American Conference Institute, New York (September 17-18, 2015)
  • Co-chair, D&O Liability Conference, American Conference Institute, New York (September 30 – October 1, 2014)
  • Co-chair, Cyber Security Event, National Association of Corporate Directors, Northwest Chapter (September 23, 2014)

Before joining Lane Powell in 2012, Doug was a Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, K&L Gates and Perkins Coie.