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Thomas J. Douglas joined Cullen and Dykman in 1977 and became a partner in 1984. He was the firm’s Managing Partner from 2002 to 2015 and previously served as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and head of the firm’ Banking & Financial Services department. He currently serves as of counsel to the firm, focusing his practice on advising financial institutions and corporate clients with regard to stock offerings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and regulatory matters.

Areas of Concentration:

  • Mergers and Acquisitions 
  • Corporate Governance
  • Regulatory Matters

Practice Areas



  • New York


  • J.D., Boston College Law School, 1977
  • B.A., Williams College, 1974

Representative Experience

  • Advising boards and senior officers on corporate governance matters. His experience has ranged from preparing and revising corporate charters and by-laws for financial and corporate clients to advising financial institutions on consideration of acquisition and merger proposals.
  • Representing financial institutions in whole bank sales and acquisitions. The transactions have included representing a commercial bank in a sale to a larger commercial bank and representing a savings bank in purchasing a stock form financial institution.
  • Representing corporate clients in stock offerings. His experience has included serving as general counsel to a savings bank converting to stock form and advising on the initial capitalization and recapitalization of a commercial bank.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Thomas has served on many boards and committees supporting not-for-profit and community service organizations in the New York metropolitan area. He has served on the Board of the Theodore Roosevelt Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Williams Club of New York as well as the Golf Committee of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception.

Honors and Awards

  • He has been honored by the Theodore Roosevelt Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception and St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth Ireland.


  • The Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 – History and Critique, Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review.