Douglas Y. Park has spent his career helping companies succeed by tackling difficult issues that cross clear functional and disciplinary lines and coaching others to do the same.
Doug’s unique combination of research and teaching, consulting, and private practice experience demonstrates these passions. With a focus on working with companies that seek to change the world, his practice addresses complex situations that cut across corporate governance, corporate and securities law, and strategy.
Throughout his career, Doug has worked with students and business leaders from all over the world. Doug has taught classes in Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Organization Theory. He received several Citations for Excellent Teaching Performance at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, School of Business and Management, where he was a tenure-track faculty member. Doug currently teaches through the Stanford University Continuing Studies Program, where he has taught Starting Startups, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Gain a Business Advantage Through the Law.
While advising companies on corporate governance, strategy, and organizational behavior, Doug saw close connections between business and law. He felt that understanding the law would allow him to better counsel companies. This realization of the blurry boundaries between business and law led Doug to pursue studies in the law.
Doug’s legal experience includes corporate and securities law at Orrick and business litigation at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy. He has worked on corporate governance, securities law and regulation, mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, compliance, financial fraud and shareholder derivative litigation, and intellectual property matters. Through seeing the close connections between business and legal issues, Doug came to believe that a great legal advisor should help clients succeed in their business, not just reduce legal risk.
His expertise in helping companies with complicated issues is well recognized. For instance, Doug’s views on corporate governance and principled business have been mentioned or quoted in Time.com, Corporate Secretary, Boardroom Insider, Agenda (a Financial Times service for corporate directors), and other media outlets.
Doug earned his A.B. magna cum laude with highest honors in Sociology from Harvard College, his Ph.D. in Business from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and his J.D. from University of Michigan Law School. He has received numerous honors, including the Fulton Prize for outstanding senior thesis in Sociology at Harvard and a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship at Stanford. Active in the community, Doug is serving his third term as President of the Harvard Club of Silicon Valley, and previously served as Marketing Director of the Palo Alto Area Bar Association.
Doug is admitted to the State Bar of California and the Northern and Central District Courts of California.