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.

Doug’s impressive courtroom track record includes:

  • Successful representation of The Valley Hospital in a case of first impression, on appeal to the New Jersey Supreme Court
  • Successful representation of Prudential Financial Inc. and Prudential Life Insurance Company of America as defendants in a federal multidistrict civil RICO and antitrust class action
  • Successful representation of KPMG LLP in an appeal of an adverse jury verdict, ending in a reversal by the New Jersey State Supreme Court and the establishment of a definitive construction of the New Jersey Accountant Liability Act
  • Successful representation of Princeton University in Robertson v. Princeton University, a nationally prominent derivative litigation case
  • Successful representation of Merck & Co. Inc. in appeals from two adverse jury verdicts involving claims of personal injury and/or economic loss with respect to the purchase or use of Vioxx

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.

Representative Engagements

Successfully represented The Valley Hospital in a case of first impression, on appeal to the New Jersey Supreme Court, regarding the construction and application of the Patient Safety Act.
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.
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Other Distinctions

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2005–2016) – Consistently acknowledged in the area of commercial litigation and praised by clients for being an "all-around excellent attorney (2016)"; 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)”, and for having “stature and gravitas (2014)”.

  • The Best Lawyers in America (2008–2017) – 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