Douglas S. Eakeley Of Counsel

New Jersey
T 973.597.2348 | F 973.597.2349

Doug is a nationally recognized trial and appellate lawyer who is considered “one of the preeminent litigators in New Jersey” (Chambers USA). His practice focuses on complex civil litigation, including securities fraud, antitrust, consumer fraud, class actions, product liability, and derivative litigation. He has represented high-profile public officials, including the Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court and the Governor of New Jersey.

Respected as an intelligent and creative advocate who delivers for his clients in critical, complex “make or break” cases, Doug is committed to client focus and service beyond just his clients’ litigation needs, extending into strategic consultation and advice.

An active member of his community, Doug chaired the board of the national Legal Services Corporation for more than nine years. He currently serves as 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.

Other Distinctions

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2005–2017) – Consistently acknowledged in the area of commercial litigation and praised by clients for being “very knowledgeable in the field, very competent and helpful” (2017), Doug has been lauded an "all-around excellent attorney” who "has a terrific reputation in the legal profession” (2016); "one of the preeminent litigators in New Jersey” (2015); "extremely bright, and easy to work with” (2015), possessing “stature and gravitas” (2014).

  • The Best Lawyers in America (2008–2018) – 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 (2005–2017) – 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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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
Class Action Litigation
Life Sciences
Securities Litigation


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



  • 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)
  • Chair, New Jersey Network Foundation (2007 - 2010)
  • Member, Lawyers Committee, National Center for State Courts