Ms. Douglas' practice emphasizes commercial, energy and intellectual property litigation. She represents an array of clients from diverse industries.
She represents clients in energy matters involving exploration and production disputes, land ownership and expropriation litigation, landowner/mineral lessee disputes (including legacy litigation), royalty and related litigation and oil and gas marketing disputes. She also has represented clients in cases that focused on pipeline servitudes, rights-of-way, easements and other matters.
Ms. Douglas has handled cases involving trademark, copyright, patent infringement, trade secret litigation and cybersquatting. She also has experience in prosecuting trademark and trade name applications and drafting intellectual property licensing and work for hire agreements.
Ms. Douglas has also worked in the sports law arena. She has assisted both individuals and organizations with various issues related to tax and intellectual property, including cybersquatting and rights of publicity. She has also assisted organizations with contract issues.
She is a past chair of the Young Lawyers Section of the New Orleans Bar Association (NOBA), a former member of the Louisiana Board of Governors, and a past recipient of the Minorities in the Profession Fellowship of the American Bar Association. She currently serves as co-chair of the Minorities in the Profession Committee of NOBA, and as secretary of NOBA's Board of Directors.
Ms. Douglas served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle, Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, 2000-2001.
Her notable successes include the following:
- Obtained a favorable decision for an independent oil and gas exploration and production company in a legacy lawsuit
- Obtained dismissal of major oil and gas company in a redhibition action
- Obtained a permanent injunction against a former employee of a major oil and gas exploration and production company for misappropriation of the company's trade secrets
- Successfully defended a local news publication in trade name and trademark lawsuit
- Successfully assisted a major oil and gas company in the debranding of abandoned gasoline facilities across the state of Louisiana
- Obtained a favorable result for client for use of a domain name in a cybersquatting dispute
Honors & Affiliations:
· New Orleans Civil Service Commission, 2003-2013
· New Orleans Bar Association - Co-Chair, Minorities in the Profession Committee
· New Orleans, Louisiana State and American Bar Associations - Intellectual Property Sections, Member
· Loyola University Institute of Politics - fellow
· Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. - Member
· New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law Award, 2007 and 2013
· Louisiana State Bar Association President's Award, 2009
· Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated - Member
· Named a "Rising Star" in Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2012-2013
· Monte M. Lemann Award Recipient, 2012
· 2013 Loyola Alumni Women in Law Honoree
· Sports Lawyers Association - Member
· "Breaking News: What the Headlines Can Teach Us About Lawyer Misconduct," January 20, 2010 and Winter 2008
· "Social Networking and Legal Ethics," Spring and Fall 2010, Winter 2009
· "Primer on Legacy Litigation," Fall 2009
· "The Devil Wears Pradeau: The Impact of Counterfeit and Knockoff Merchandise on Intellectual Property Law," Summer 2009 and Winter 2009
· "Are Your Trade Secrets Protected?"
· Co-author of "Intellectual Property and Antitrust Law," ABA Intellectual Property Deskbook for the Business Lawyer: A Transactions-based guide to Intellectual Property Law, Ch. 13 (2d ed.) 2009.
· "The Business Case for the Recruitment and Retention of Minority and Women Attorneys," The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, December 2007
· "Hurricane Katrina News: After the Storm," The National Bar Association Commercial Law Section, December 2005