Douglas A. Cherry: Lawyer with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Douglas A. Cherry

Sarasota,  FL  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property
  • Computer
  • Internet and Technology
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Federal Court Litigation
  • Franchise and Distribution
  • Litigation
  • Data Breach
  • Technology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Educational / Religious Organizations
  • Environmental
  • Hospitality and Leisure
  • Public Law and Public Finance
  • Healthcare
  • Media
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Real Estate
  • Sports and Entertainment
Mailing AddressP.O. Box 49948, Sarasota, FL, 34230
University University of Florida, B.S., 1997
Law SchoolUniversity of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., 2000
Admitted2000, Florida; 2000, United States District Court Middle District of Florida; 2006, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals; 2012, United States District Court Southern District of Florida

Professional and Community Affiliations

•President, Sarasota County Bar Association
•Computer & Technology Law Committee of The Florida Bar, Past-Chair
•Intellectual Property Committee of The Florida Bar, Member
•Business Law Section (BLS) of The Florida Bar, Executive Council
•The Florida Bar BLS eDiscovery Committee, Immediate Past Chair
•The Florida Bar BLS Civil Rules Subcommittee on Electronic Discovery, Past Chair
•Florida Statewide E-Filing Committee and Records Workgroup, Past BLS Representative
•The Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court, Member and Webmaster
•Suncoast Technology Forum, Past Director and Officer
•Sarasota County Bar Young Lawyers Division, Past-President
•Sarasota County Bar Technology Committee, Past-Chair
•Sarasota County Bar E-Filing Committee, Past-Chair
•Sarasota County Bar's monthly newspaper, The Docket, Past Editor, 2004-2005
•Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Past Member of Small Business Council


Douglas A. Cherry is Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law. His practice focuses on intellectual property (patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and unfair competition) consulting, acquisition, licensing and litigation.

Doug also focuses on computer and technology law, business law and entertainment law, including consulting clients and attorneys in electronic discovery issues, domain name disputes, E-commerce agreements, technology implementation transactions, software performance disputes, E-mail privacy, data breach, identity theft, consulting and employment agreements, and technology licensing.

Doug has extensive litigation and mediation experience involving high profile, corporate technology cases, patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation. He has counseled clients in the areas of trademark selection, registration and protection and copyright registration.

Doug has experience within many industries including technology, healthcare, law enforcement, and manufacturing. His clients include corporations, municipalities, non-profits and entrepreneurs as a foundation to his focus on law and technology. Doug has a background in computer consulting and is fluent in many programming languages. His other computer skills include database and network management, expert systems, simulation design, and various software packages.

Doug is certified as an Intellectual Property Law Specialist by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. Certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the area of Intellectual Property Law.

Doug has authored many articles on intellectual property and legal technology for various publications and has been interviewed on similar topics for several publications.


•Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite 2015
•AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
•2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property
•Florida Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine, 2013, 2014, 2015
•Best Lawyers in America, 2015
•Florida Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, 2010
•25 People to Watch by biz941 magazine, 2008
•C.L. McKaig Award in recognition of distinguished service to the Sarasota County Bar Association, 2004

News Releases

06.23.2015 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite 2015

06.12.2015 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and 2015 Florida Rising Stars

12.17.2014 Shumaker Launches New Data Breach Practice Group

10.20.2014 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Attorneys, Cherry and Smith, Speak at SAMA Dinner

09.02.2014 Shumaker Launches Law Blog to Highlight Social Media Developments

08.25.2014 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Attorney Douglas A. Cherry Takes the Helm at Sarasota Bar

08.21.2014 82 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015

08.12.2014 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Launches Community Back-to-School Campaign

06.16.2014 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys named 2014 Florida Super Lawyers and 2014 Florida Rising Stars

06.13.2013 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2013 Florida Super Lawyers and 2013 Florida Rising Stars

05.31.2013 Douglas A. Cherry to Speak at Annual Florida Bar Convention

04.16.2013 Douglas A. Cherry Presented at Copyrights Workshop

01.28.2013 Douglas A. Cherry Presented to Florida Institute of CPAs

10.12.2012 Douglas A. Cherry Featured in Gulf Coast Business Review

10.01.2012 Douglas A. Cherry Presented to Sarasota County Bar Association

06.12.2012 Douglas A. Cherry Presented to Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance

04.18.2012 Douglas A. Cherry Presented to Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar

12.28.2011 Douglas A. Cherry Presented at Gulf Coast Venture Forum Seminar

11.18.2011 Douglas A. Cherry Presented at SAMA Dinner Meeting

08.25.2011 Douglas A. Cherry Panelist at Sarasota Chamber Marketing Seminar

06.21.2011 Douglas A. Cherry Participated in Barcamp Sarasota

06.02.2011 Douglas A. Cherry Featured Speaker at Legal Aid of Manasota CLE Program

06.01.2011 Douglas A. Cherry Participated in Panel Discussion Regarding Social Media

01.24.2011 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Announces New Partners

01.07.2011 Douglas A. Cherry Presented Seminar Hosted by AAF Suncoast and EDC of Sarasota

11.17.2010 Douglas A. Cherry Spoke at STF Techbyte Luncheon

08.23.2010 Douglas A. Cherry Presents Seminar on Intellectual Property Issues at SMALSS Meeting

08.10.2010 Douglas A. Cherry Presents Seminar on Intellectual Property and Technology Law Issues at FPRA Annual Conference

06.07.2010 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2010 Florida Super Lawyers and 2010 Florida Rising Stars


11.14.2014 Client Alert: Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 - One Of The Strictest Data Breach Statutes in the Nation

05.23.2013 E-Discovery Amendments to Florida Civil Rules Now in Effect, insights Newsletter

09.06.2012 E-Discovery Amendments to Florida Civil Rules Now in Effect, Sarasota County Bar Association's The Docket

11.01.2010 The Risks and Rewards when Implementing Electronic Medical Records Systems, insights Newsletter

02.01.2010 It's All in the Name: Legal Issues in Branding, Biz941

10.01.2006 Litigating the Runaway Software Project, Trial Magazine

05.01.2003 Success in Electronic Discovery, Trail Magazine


Spring 2013 insights Newsletter - Spring 2013

Fall 2010 insights Newsletter - Fall 2010

Events and Presentations

05.21.2015 “Effective Branding Techniques and Intellectual Property Protection in the Digital Era” presented at the Florida Association of Destination Marketing Organizations (FADMO) Annual Marketing Summit

02.19.2015 Fatal Assumptions Made By Technology Companies and Start-ups presented at The HuB

02.18.2015 Legal Insights on Social Media presented to the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA)

02.17.2015 What Every Employer Needs to Know for 2015 presented at Sarasota Chamber University

10.15.2014 Protecting Intellectual Property in a Global Market, presented to Sarasota Manatee Area Manufacturers

01.21.2014 “The Florida Revised Limited Liability Company Act” presented at Suncoast Technology Forum

06.28.2013 New e-Discovery Amendments to the Florida Bar Rules of Civil Procedures, President's Showcase at the 2013 Annual Florida Bar Convention

04.11.2013 Protect Your Intellectual Property, A Free Workshop from USF-Sarasota Manatee and Manasota SCORE

01.10.2013 “The New Digital Terrain and eDiscovery Amendments to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure: An Overview and Discussion, ” Florida Institute of CPAs 2013 VFALS Conference

09.19.2012 Looking Behind the Curtain: Offensive and Defensive e-Discovery Issues in Leasing / Lender Litigation, Lease Attorney Enforcement Network (LEAN)

09.12.2012 “The New eDiscovery Amendments to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure - An Overview and Discussion, ” Sarasota County Bar Association

05.16.2012 Protecting Your Intellectual Property - 10 Fatal Mistakes Made by Business Owners, Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance's May Executive Briefing

03.29.2012 E-Discovery, The Florida Bar's Basic Discovery 2012, Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar

12.14.2011 Due Diligence: What Investors Should Look For and What Entrepreneurs Should Have, Gulf Coast Venture Forum

10.19.2011 Protecting IP in a Global Market, SAMA Dinner Meeting

08.17.2011 Avoiding Legal Pitfalls and Managing Intellectual Property as it Relates to Marketing Issues for Businesses, Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

06.17.2011 Intellectual Property and Open Source Licenses, Barcamp Sarasota

05.26.2011 Pitfalls and Opportunities of Social Media, AAF Suncoast

03.18.2011 What to do When you are Facing an Ethically Challenged Attorney, Legal Aid of Manasota

11.30.2010 How to Make Intellectual Property and Copyright Law Work for You, AAF Suncoast and the EDC of Sarasota County

11.16.2010 Avoiding Legal Pitfalls in Social Networking, Open Source Software and Records Retention, Suncoast Technology Forum

09.09.2010 An Overview of Intellectual Property Law and How to Avoid Common Pitfalls, Sarasota-Manatee Association of Legal Support Specialist Seminar

08.09.2010 How PR Pros Avoid Legal Woes: Ten Fatal Assumptions Made in Intellectual Property and Technology Law, Florida Public Relations Association Annual Conference

06.09.2010 What's in a Name?, Techfast Breakfast, Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

10.15.2009 How PR Pros Avoid Legal Woes, Florida Public Relations Association Central West Coast Chapter

08.12.2009 Legal Risks in the Digital World, Techfast Breakfast, Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

06.26.2009 The New Digital Terrain: E-Discovery and Metadata: An Overview and Discussion, The Florida Bar Annual Meeting

06.19.2009 E-Discovery and Rise of Social Media, Sarasota County Bar Association - Family Law Section

06.16.2009 Roundtable Discussion regarding Intellectual Property Issues in the Creative Process of Advertising While Creating or Using Advertising Content in Traditional or Internet-based Ways, EDC Economic Development Council of Sarasota County

06.09.2009 Protecting and Securing Your Organization's Intellectual Property: Fatal Assumptions Made by Fundraising Professionals, Association of Fundraising Professionals

03.10.2009 Spoliation and E-Discovery, Judge John N. Scheb American Inn of Court

02.24.2009 Social Media Seminar, Federal Communications Bar Association - Florida Chapter / 82 Degrees Tech

11.19.2008 The Art of Protecting Your Intellectual Property: Ten Fatal Assumptions Made by Business Owners, Sarasota Rotary Club

08.08.2008 E-Discovery and Metadata: an Overview and Discussion, Florida School Board Attorneys Association

06.20.2008 E-Everything II: Technology's Accelerating Influence on Today's Practice of Law and What Lawyers Need to Know, The Florida Bar Annual Meeting

05.19.2008 Protecting Intellectual Property and Creative Assets: Ten Fatal Assumptions Made by Business Owners and Creative Entrepreneurs, Sarasota County Bar Association Law in the Library

03.27.2008 Guest Appearance on Law and Sarasota, Education Channel

03.05.2008 Intellectual Property in Business Transactions, Sarasota County Bar Association - Business Law Section

02.26.2008 The Art of Protecting Your Intellectual Property: Ten Fatal Assumptions Made by Business Owners, EDC Economic Development Council of Sarasota County

02.11.2008 E-Discovery and Metadata: An Overview and Discussion, Suncoast Paralegal Association

01.18.2008 E-Everything, The Florida Bar Business Section Mid-year Meeting

12.06.2007 Panelist at EDC Creative Cluster Group Seminar, Ringling School of Art and Design

01.01.2006 E-Discovery and Metadata: An Overview and Discussion, Sarasota Bar Association

01.01.2005 Ten Fatal Assumptions by Technology Companies, 82 Degrees Tech


10.03.2014 Businesses Encouraged to Adopt Social Media Policies


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Internet Startups: Beware of Being a Money Transmitter
Erin Smith Aebel,Cheri A. Budzynski,Douglas A. Cherry,Regina M. Joseph,Mechelle Zarou, January 10, 2015
So, you’ve got a great idea. Social media platforms are all about finding new solutions for old inefficiencies. And what’s more efficient than serving as a platform for an account holder to obtain a single cash payment in exchange for virtual currency he/she/it has received through...

Social Media Policies Revisited: The Facebook “Like” As Protected Activity
Erin Smith Aebel,Cheri A. Budzynski,James R. Carnes,Douglas A. Cherry,Mechelle Zarou, January 10, 2015
The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) continues to expand its reach beyond its traditional role involving unionized workforces. In particular, the NLRB has continued an aggressive campaign begun in 2011 to crackdown on all employer policies governing social media, electronic...

Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 - One Of The Strictest Data Breach Statutes in the Nation
Michael D. Bressan,Douglas A. Cherry,Scott A. La Porta,Jarrod J. Malone,Ryan S. Nichols, January 9, 2015
If your business stores personal information of Florida Residents, you must be aware of a new Florida statute that has created specific reporting requirements in the case of a data breach. Failure to comply can result in significant fines up to a half a million dollars. This newly passed Florida...

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Douglas A. Cherry

240 South Pineapple Avenue
SarasotaFL 34236


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