Douglas Rappaport Joins Akin Gump’s Litigation Practice

(New York, New York) – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has announced the expansion of its litigation practice with the arrival of Douglas A. Rappaport as a partner in New York. 

For nearly two decades, Mr. Rappaport has litigated complex commercial and securities disputes.  He has particular experience in disputes involving securities fraud, insider trading, breach of fiduciary obligations, limited partnership interests, tender offers, proxy contests, accountant’s liability, insurance, corporate governance, trade secrets, tax appraisals and bond defaults.  He has extensive experience with class actions and investigations involving the SEC and other regulatory bodies.

In addition to his litigation work, Mr. Rappaport regularly advises investment funds and other public and private companies on issues involving corporate governance, insider trading, market manipulation, corporate compliance, securities regulation, fiduciary duty and fund formation.  He also advises on activist investing issues, including the devising of strategies regarding the solicitation of board seats, the displacement of existing corporate management and contests for corporate control.  His clients include hedge funds; investment and merchant banks; accountants, insurers and sureties; and companies in the hospitality, aviation, telecommunications and multimedia industries. 

Mr. Rappaport received his B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987 and his J.D. cum laude from Harvard University in 1991.  He joins the firm from DLA Piper LLP, where he was a partner. 

Stephen M. Baldini, a co-leader of Akin Gump’s litigation practice, said, “Doug is a terrific addition to our litigation practice.  His wealth of experience, particularly in the securities and funds arenas, will serve our clients well, and we believe that our capabilities will help him to continue to expand his growing practice.  We are very pleased to welcome him to the firm.”

Mr. Rappaport added, “Akin Gump’s broad and diverse platform will ensure that the clients I work with receive exceptional service.  I look forward to working with Akin Gump’s remarkably talented and dedicated group of attorneys.” 

Mr. Rappaport is one of four litigation partners to join Akin Gump this year, following Dianne B. Elderkin, Barbara L. Mullin and Steven D. Maslowski. 

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm, numbers more than 800 lawyers in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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