Douglas J. Gorman

Attorney at Law, Business Law

Douglas J. Gorman concentrates his practice on corporate, commercial, and business matters. 

Doug provides counsel to businesses at all stages of development. He assists startup companies and emerging businesses with formation, choice of entity, structuring and financing, including equity crowdfunding. He counsels all businesses, including family businesses, professional entities, and not-for-profit organizations, on corporate governance, shareholder and member relations, fiduciary duty, and shareholder and member disputes. He also advises companies, their owners and executives on exit strategies and succession planning.

In his commercial practice, Doug drafts and negotiates domestic and international commercial contracts for both consumer and business-to-business transactions, including distributorship and representative agreements, leasing agreements, warranties, licensing agreements, non-competition covenants, management, and independent contractor agreements. He also counsels clients on compliance with the Uniform Commercial Code, Magnuson-Moss Act and Convention for the International Sale of Goods, as well as matters involving United States Free Trade Agreements, import and export issues, and Harmonized Tariff Schedules.

Doug’s corporate practice involves structuring and negotiating numerous types of asset and stock acquisitions and mergers of all sizes and complexities, leveraged acquisitions, stock-for-stock transactions, private placements, stock issuances, financing transactions, and recapitalizations.

Doug is a popular author and lecturer on various business matters.

Prior to co-founding the firm, Doug practiced in the Corporate, Banking and Finance departments of a large Upstate New York law firm and in the Mergers and Acquisitions group in the Wilmington, Delaware office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2006

  • President, Justinian Honor Society
  • Order of the Coif
  • Editor-In-Chief, Syracuse Law Review
  • Chancellor’s Scholar
  • Robert & Carolyn Dineen Scholar

Le Moyne College, B.S., summa cum laude, 1999

New York


United States District Court for the District of Delaware

Advisory Board Member, Central New York International Business Association

Judge, CenterState CEO Emerging Business Competition

Judge, Whitman School of Management Capstone Competition

Mentor, Syracuse Sandbox

Mentor, CenterState CEO Startup Labs

Legal Advisor, Whitman School of Management Entrepreneurship Program

Member, Onondaga County Bar Association

Member, New York State Bar Association

Member, Delaware State Bar Association

Member, Onondaga Cycling Club

Member, Syracuse Chargers Track Club

Member, Manlius Bike Riders

Former Director, 40 Below

Former Treasurer, Brookside Civic Association

Former Secretary, Brookside Civic Association