Douglas Park is a distinguished corporate and securities lawyer and business strategist who has been named to the Super Lawyers list for Business/Corporate in Northern California and the Rising Stars list in Corporate Governance. Holding both a PhD in Organizational Behavior from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, he has applied his business and legal insights to successfully help a broad array of clients with financing transactions, complex commercial transactions, corporate governance, securities law, strategy, and corporate policy.

Prior to founding Park & Dibadj, as Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel of Tessellation Capital Management he advised on investment fund, compliance, ESG investment, corporate governance, investor relations, and general corporate matters. Previously, Doug was Director of Legal Policy and Outreach at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, where he developed the legal basis for sustainability disclosure in SEC filings, and a Partner at Rimon Law, where he advised board members, investors, and executives on capital raises, business transactions, corporate governance, and securities law. Earlier, he worked at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy on complex commercial litigation, including securities and financial fraud, antitrust, business torts, and fiduciary duties. Doug began his legal career at Orrick working on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), capital markets transactions, and SEC reporting. Moreover, he has effectively served as a strategy consultant on issues of competitive dynamics, market positioning, organizational growth, and product development across many industries.

As an academic, Doug has been an Assistant Professor of Management at the School of Business and Management, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. In Hong Kong, he taught Strategy and Organization, Entrepreneurship, and Organization Theory to undergraduates, MBA students, and executives from around the world. In addition, through the Stanford University Continuing Studies Program, Doug has taught Mergers & Acquisitions, Starting Startups, and Using the Law for Competitive Advantage to working professionals.

Education

University of Michigan Law School

     J.D., 2004

Stanford Graduate School of Business

     Ph.D. in Business, 1998

Harvard College

     A.B., magna cum laude with highest honors, Sociology, 1991

 

Publications & Lectures

Doug has delivered continuing legal education programs on corporate and securities law topics to the American Bar Association and Palo Alto Area Bar Association, and has presented on the same topics to executives, private equity fund portfolio companies, the SEC, CFA certificate holders, and accountants. He has lectured extensively on starting startups to entrepreneurs—including on business models, fundraising, and finance matters.

His writings have appeared in a variety of publications, such as The Handbook of Board Governance: A Comprehensive Guide for Public, Profit, and Not-For-Profit Board Members; American Bar Association Business Law Today; Corporate Counsel; and Industrial and Corporate Change.

Doug has also been quoted in a number of media outlets, including Corporate Counsel; Corporate Secretary; Agenda: A Financial Times Service for Corporate Directors; Boardroom Insider; Reuters; and Time.com

Professional Associations and Activities

Harvard Club of Silicon Valley

     General Counsel and Treasurer (2015-present)

     President (2010-15)

 

Member, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Asian Alumni Association (2016-present)

 

Bar admissions

     Federal: United States District Court of Northern California, United States District Court of Central California

     State: California 

“My passion is working on big, thorny problems that companies and their boards face. These problems sit at the intersection of business and law, and tackling them is what excites me the most. I take an interdisciplinary approach to see all of the nuances and connections between legal and business issues. I bring this lens when working with you to develop insightful, practical, and workable solutions to the problems that keep you up at night.”