Thomas J. Dougherty
Securities, Corporate Defense and Complex Business Dispute Litigation
Thomas J. Dougherty has been a partner in the Litigation Group of Skadden’s Boston office since 1984. Mr. Dougherty has been active in many of the major control contests and other court and SEC challenges to company disclosures and officer/director conduct in the past 20 years. He has been heavily involved in litigation that has fashioned the standards by which subsequent cases have been governed, including those involving AspenTech, Citigroup, Computervision, Continental Cablevision, EMC, Ernst & Young, General Electric, Guardian, Hycor, Instron, Interco, John Hancock Advisers, Lotus, MassMutual, Polaroid, Prospect Street, State Street Funds, Stratus and Unitrode.
Mr. Dougherty focuses on the representation and defense of companies, their officers, directors, underwriters and auditors. He has been involved from boardroom to courtroom in numerous significant cases before juries and judges in federal and state courts in Massachusetts, Delaware and elsewhere. His experience includes litigating in defense of corporate actions and disclosures, proxy contests, hostile takeovers, and numerous class action and derivative cases. Harvard Business School has done a case study on his defense of a high-tech defendant against securities fraud allegations. He successfully has defended companies and their management in major class action trials in Massachusetts state and federal courts against allegations that directors “froze out” and otherwise defrauded minority stockholders.
Because Mr. Dougherty represents a number of high-tech companies, he has litigated numerous expedited cases protecting (or defending against allegations of theft of) trade secrets and confidential information, enforcing or resisting enforcement of covenants not to compete, and protecting other interests such as licenses, copyrights, trademarks and corporate opportunities.
Mr. Dougherty has been selected repeatedly for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, including in the 2015 edition, where he is ranked in the top tier for securities litigation. He also has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which named him "2015 Boston Securities Regulation Lawyer of the Year."
He is the author of The Directors’ Handbook.
J.D., Harvard University
B. Phil. in Economics, Oxford University (Marshall Scholar)
B.A., Holy Cross College
Former Law Clerk to the Honorable Stephen G. Breyer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, now an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court