Douglas A. Rappaport > Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10036
United States
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Work Department

Partner; Litigation


Partner; Complex Commercial Litigation

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Doug Rappaport is a litigator focusing on complex commercial and securities disputes. In recent years, he has served as counsel in trials involving disputes over secured assets, partnership interests, securities fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, trade secrets, options backdating, tax appraisals and the fraudulent sale of securities. Doug has won numerous dispositive motions and appeals in both state and federal court. On a daily basis, Doug advises clients on matters of regulatory compliance and corporate governance. He also provides advice on activist investing issues, devising strategies regarding the solicitation of board seats, the displacement of existing corporate management and contests for corporate control.


J.D., Harvard Law School, cum laude, 1991

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, 1987

Lawyer Rankings

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism

Based in New York, the experienced team at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP assists high-profile investment funds and large companies with a wide range of matters, such as takeover preparedness, campaigns and activism-related litigation and investigations. Practitioners also handle activism defense for public companies. Kerry E Berchem leads the team, which includes key litigator Douglas A. Rappaport. Jeff Kochian and Gerald Brant joined Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in late 2021.