Doug Mansfield is a trial lawyer with a nationwide litigation and arbitration practice and nearly three decades of experience handling complex commercial disputes. He has represented clients as plaintiffs, individual defendants, and class action defendants in a wide variety of matters. Doug has tried cases before state and federal courts, state administrative agencies, Self-Regulating Organizations (SROs) and arbitration tribunals around the country, and has argued appeals before multiple federal circuit courts as well as state courts.
Doug’s experience spans across many industries, including automotive, insurance, food, manufacturing, agricultural, telecommunications, broker-dealer, banking, health care, real estate, and construction. The disputes have ranged from complex litigation to securities arbitration and SEC administrative proceedings, distributor and franchise terminations, trade secrets, non-compete matters, government investigations, white collar criminal proceedings and general commercial or contract disputes.
Before deciding to pursue a career in law, Doug was a securities analyst for SBCI Securities Asia, Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan covering the paper & pulp, beer and steel industries and before that a writer and editor for a Japanese investor relations company, IR Japan, Inc., writing the English-language annual reports and other disclosure materials for Japanese companies with shares listed on U.S. exchanges. Doug spent four years in the U.S. Army as a Chinese linguist, and is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. Doug is a member of the Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations and is active in pro bono matters. Prior to founding Lape Mansfield Nakasian & Gibson, Doug was a partner in the Columbus office of Jones Day.
Doug is the proud father of three kids – Marr, a graduate of Denison University, who lives and works in Denver, Colorado; Meg, a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, who lives and works in San Francisco, California; and Tommy, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, who lives and works in Washington, D.C. Doug and his wife Eri enjoy the arts, music, reading, travel and outdoor activities (including gardening, golfing and tennis). Doug is also an avid woodworker and restorer of old cars.
Litigation and Arbitration Matters
General Business and Regulatory Matters
October 2011 — Federal Court Awards Preliminary Injunction Against Terminated Franchisee, LJN’s Franchising Business & Law Alert, Vol. 18, No. 1
December 2009 — Appellate Court Declines Look at Subjective ‘Good Faith’ in Contract, LJN’s Franchising Business & Law Alert, Vol. 16, Number 3
October 2009 — New “Dualing” Amendments to Dealer-Protection Laws Pass Legislatures, LJN Franchising Business & Law Alert – PDF only June 2009 — MO Supreme Court Denies Auto Dealer’s ‘Bad Faith’ Statutory Claim, LJN’s Franchising Business & Law Alert, Vol. 15, Number 9
February 2009 — Contributor, How to Fix the U.S. Auto Industry: A Dealership Perspective, Franchising Business & Law Alert, Volume 15, Number 5
January 2009 — Auto Dealer Can Bring ‘Bad Faith’ Statutory Claim, Franchising Business & Law Alert, Volume 15, Number 4
December 2008 — Appellate Court Says Waiver Enforceable, Notwithstanding Statute, Franchising Business & Law Alert, Volume 15, Number 3
October 2008 — Franchisors May Have Standing to Seek to Quash Subpoenas Directed to Third Parties, LJN’s Franchising Business & Law Alert