Douglas S. Eakeley Partner

Roseland
T 973.597.2348 | F 973.597.2349



Co-chair, Class Action and Derivative Litigation Practice

Superior analytical skills in concert with outstanding advocacy and excellent judgment have earned Doug Eakeley a reputation as a "bet the company" lawyer. A nationally recognized trial and appellate lawyer, Doug is respected as a keenly intelligent and creative advocate who delivers for his clients in critical, complex "make or break" cases. His commitment to effective client focus and service extends well beyond tending to his clients' litigation needs and includes strategic consultation and advice.

Doug's practice focuses on complex civil litigation, including securities fraud, antitrust, consumer fraud, class actions, products liability and derivative litigation. He frequently steps in to represent clients in high-stakes appeals from adverse trial results. He has represented high-profile public officials, including the Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court and the Governor of New Jersey.

Doug is an active member of his community. He chaired the board of the national Legal Services Corporation for more than nine years and currently serves as vice chair of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and as trustee of Legal Services of New Jersey. A former Rhodes Scholar and First Assistant Attorney General of the State of New Jersey, Doug is the Alan V. Lowenstein Professor of Corporate and Business Law at Rutgers Law School–Newark.


Representative Engagements

Represented the Special Committee of the Johnson & Johnson Board of Directors in connection with claims asserted in various shareholder demand letters and derivative complaints in In re Johnson & Johnson Derivative Litigation.
Successfully represented Prudential Financial, Inc., and Prudential Life Insurance Company of America as defendants in a federal multidistrict civil RICO and antitrust class action involving claims of bid rigging, market allocation and ERISA violations.
Successfully represented KPMG LLP in an appeal from an adverse jury verdict in which the New Jersey Supreme Court reversed and remanded the case to the trial court for dismissal, establishing a definitive construction of the New Jersey Accountant Liability Act in the process.
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Other Distinctions

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2005–2013) – Consistently acknowledged in the area of commercial litigation and praised by clients as a “terrific lawyer,” valued by clients for his “excellent ability to develop and present arguments,” (2013); “one of the preeminent corporate litigators in New Jersey . . . with sources reserving particular praise for his advocacy skills and client-focused approach," (2012); "a true dean of the Bar" (2007); and for his "calm demeanor, superior intellect and respect with the judiciary,” confirming that “if you walk into court with him, he provides you with credibility” (2006).

  • The Best Lawyers in America (2008–2014) – Recognized as a "bet-the-company" litigator for his work in "make or break" litigation, an honor shared by a small and elite segment of litigators nationwide.

  • Super Lawyers (2005–2014) – Consistently acknowledged in the area of business litigation.

  • The International Who's Who of Commercial Litigators (2013) - Listed among the world's leading commercial litigators.

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Publications

Q&A With Lowenstein Sandler's Douglas Eakeley
Law360, December 10, 2009
Douglas Eakeley
Judges Under Siege: Some Thoughtful Observations by a Veteran Practitioner
The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, April 2008
Douglas Eakeley
Class Action Alert
Class Action Alert, March 2005
Douglas Eakeley, Gavin Rooney
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Related Areas

Antitrust & Trade Regulation
Appellate
Class Action & Derivative Litigation
Life Sciences
Litigation
Securities Litigation

Education


Yale Law School (J.D., 1972)
Oxford University (M.A., 1970) , Jurisprudence
Oxford University (B.A., 1970) , Jurisprudence
Yale University (B.A., 1968) , summa cum laude, with highest honors in economics; Rhodes Scholar; Phi Beta Kappa (elected junior year)

Bar Admissions


New York
New Jersey

Court Admissions


U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

Affiliations


 

  • Vice Chair, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice
  • Chair, Legal Services Corporation (1993 - 2003)
    • Member, Pro Bono Task Force (2011-present)
  • Trustee, Legal Services of New Jersey
    • Chair (1982 - 1990)
  • Chair, Editorial Board, New Jersey Law Journal (1986-1990)
  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution
    • Member, Executive Advisory Committee
    • Member, Committee on Early and High Quality Dispute Resolution
  • American Bar Association
    • Antitrust and Litigation Sections
    • Council of Appellate Lawyers
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Chair, New Jersey Network Foundation (2007 - 2010)