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Brown University, B.A.

Cornell Law School, J.D.

Portrait of Douglas Riley

Practice Areas

Intellectual Property


State of Vermont (1986)

U.S. District Court

Vermont (1986)

Doug is a magna cum laude graduate of Cornell Law School and Brown University. He is a transactional lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in commercial financing, intellectual property, business, real estate and environmental matters. He has been a guest lecturer on real estate and mortgage law at Vermont Law School and at numerous seminars for lawyers, bankers, and accountants in New England.

Doug co-authored Estate Planning for the Family with a Disabled Child, (14 Vermont Law Review 529, 1990) and The Handicapped Child: Estate Planning and Government Assistance, (16 the Vermont Bar Journal 13, 1990). He also co-authored an extensive revision of Foreclosure and Repossession in Vermont, the standard reference manual on Vermont mortgage foreclosures.

Doug’s intellectual-property practice includes the representation of performers, authors, and trademark owners. He has prosecuted numerous trademark registrations before the United States Patent Office. Doug was a member for two years of the staff of Green Linnet Records, a Connecticut-based independent record producer, and maintains close ties to the music business. He is also a member of the Intellectual Property Section of the Vermont Bar Association. He assists some of Vermont’s most prominent businesses in the maintenance of their trademark portfolios.

Doug frequently represents business interests and conservation interests in land-use cases before administrative panels and courts. He is a past executive committee member, state chairman, and national delegate from Vermont of the Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club. He was a member of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee to the Chittenden Solid Waste District.

Doug is a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed merchant-marine captain. He has represented lenders and borrowers in complex commercial marine financing transactions. He is also director of the Vermont Flight Academy, an accredited aviation-technology college based at Burlington International Airport.


Estate Planning for the Family

with a Disabled Child

(14 Vermont Law Review 529, 1990)


The Handicapped Child: Estate Planning and Government Assistance (16 The Vermont

Bar Journal 13, 1990)

Transactional Attorney in Burlington, Vermont


Telephone: (802) 657-7247

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