Larry Dougherty (“DOCK-er-tee”) is a special counsel with Foley & Lardner LLP. He litigates complex commercial cases in federal and state courts with a focus on business disputes, civil and criminal appeals, and intellectual property litigation. Larry’s clients include executives, directors, inventors, investors, and their public and private companies in the following industries: health care, financial services, home building, and commercial real estate. He is a member of the Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Appellate, and Intellectual Property Litigation Practices.
Larry’s litigation skills have earned him the highest possible peer review rating of AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell ever since his first evaluation. He has tried cases as first-chair counsel, argued appeals in federal and state courts, managed discovery teams, and resolved cases through settlement, arbitration, and mediation. He helps clients quickly resolve complex cases, to let them focus on business.
Clients praise the quality of Larry’s work. Sample comments:
“We were pleased as to both the result obtained and the manner in which the case was handled, including constant communication with us . . . .”
“As always, your responsiveness, professional demeanor and your sage advice is appreciated. In my experience intelligent, professional, and thoughtful approaches have always provided the best results. You certainly provided all of that in this matter.”
Before entering private practice, Larry clerked for the Honorable Charles R. Wilson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Larry worked as a newspaper reporter before he became a lawyer. He covered the federal and state courts in Tampa and wrote investigative stories for the St. Petersburg Times. He covered business and diplomatic news in Tokyo for The Japan Times.
Larry has argued multiple appeals in federal and state appellate courts. He has briefed appeals and petitions for writs of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, the Florida Supreme Court, and Florida’s District Courts of Appeal, several times winning awards of appellate attorney’s fees for his clients.
REAL ESTATE LITIGATION
Larry litigates construction defect, breach of contract, indemnification, quiet title, commercial eviction, and foreclosure matters, and counsels commercial property owners and commercial tenants on leases and other commercial matters.
Larry litigates patent infringement matters, helping inventors defend their inventions. He counsels inventors on licensing and development strategies.
Larry has defended NYSE- and NASDAQ-listed companies and their boards of directors against shareholder class actions alleging securities fraud and § 14(a) proxy counts filed under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, and direct and derivative counts under state law, in both federal and state courts.
WHITE COLLAR DEFENSE
Larry served on the criminal trial team representing the former CFO of a Fortune 500 company charged in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and in follow-on civil actions. He has handled federal grand jury, SEC, IRS, and Florida state insurance regulator investigations.
SELECTED REPORTED CASES
Pro Bono Service
Larry won a new trial for a client serving life in prison for murder, after the Florida Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the trial judge had improperly excluded the confession of another suspect. Larry argued the habeas corpus appeal of another client’s murder conviction and life sentence on appointment from the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He defended a veteran’s property tax exemption for an Iraqi war widow before Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal. He argued a prisoner’s civil rights case in the U.S. Seventh Circuit on court appointment. Larry also obtained the successful dismissal of a county court charge pending against a homeless client. He has been recognized repeatedly by the Florida Supreme Court and the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee for his many hundreds of hours of pro bono service.
Larry graduated with high honors in the top 2% of his class at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as editor in chief of the Florida Law Review. His published law review note won the national writing competition of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law. Larry also worked as a research assistant updating a major antitrust treatise. He earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University.
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