Doug is a partner at Cheadles, having joined the firm in 1984. Prior to that time he worked for another law firm in Thunder Bay from 1978, after articling in Toronto for Fraser Beatty as it was then known.
Doug has successfully represented clients in many areas of business law. Doug’s business practice includes assisting clients with advice in the following areas:
Doug has many long-standing client relationships, characterized by a strong dedication to understanding his clients’ businesses and the industries in which they operate. As a result, his services are responsible, efficient, innovative and results-driven.
Doug is engaged in corporate and commercial law and has been retained regularly in transactions involving the purchase and sale of businesses, incorporations, estates and succession planning. Doug assists start-up technology companies with corporate structures, intellectual property protection, venture capital and angel investor financing and technology licensing agreements. He advises on corporate governance issues including shareholders’ agreements and option agreements for directors, officers and employees, joint ventures, shareholder disputes, general business operations and other commercial transactions.
Doug often represents financial institutions with respect to financing and secured loan transactions. He has been involved in purchase, sale and land development transactions as a real estate lawyer.
With his corporate practice, Doug provides advice in general corporate areas including amalgamations and incorporation of companies. He often prepares and advises commercial contracts, partnership agreements, joint ventures, co-ownership agreements, and share and asset purchase/sale agreements.
In the area of real estate, Doug advises on the purchase, sale and development of properties and, all forms of lease agreements. He frequently represents financial institutions and businesses in connection with loan transactions secured against real property and other assets. He assists clients with all types of land development applications including official plan amendments, zoning changes, site plan approvals, subdivisions, severance consents and minor variances. Doug has appeared at Ontario Municipal Board hearings and before Committees of Adjustment.
Doug’s intellectual property law practice includes advising clients on matters relating to patents, trade marks, copyright, and industrial designs. He counsels clients on invention patentability and trade mark registrability, and assists clients in the commercialization of their intellectual property through joint ventures and licensing.
Doug has assisted clients in acquiring, protecting, exploiting and enforcing intellectual property rights, including educational institutions, high technology firms, clients in the telecommunications industry, as well as the charitable and not-for-profit sector.
Doug’s practice includes trade-mark licensing, franchising, and advising on privacy law compliance.
Doug advises clients in real estate and condominium law, including developers, buyers, sellers and condominium corporations on issues of corporate governance and operations. He is the president of the Canadian Condominium Institute – Northwestern Ontario Chapter, and has done presentations at its seminars on condominium matters.
In indigenous law, Doug’s work has focused on acting for First Nations clients in negotiations or in assisting non-indigenous clients who want to develop positive, working relationships with indigenous peoples.
As part of his indigenous and commercial practices, Doug has advised First Nations people and companies involved in lending to First Nations.
Doug is very active with various not-for-profit organizations in Thunder Bay, and in his spare time he enjoys relaxing at the cottage, cross-country skiing and golfing in his spare time.
1978 – Ontario
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