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Douglas A. Cherry

240 South Pineapple Avenue
10th Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236


Susan Jackson
Direct941.366.6660 ext. 2468

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 Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine, 2015, 2016
  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property
  • Florida Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2015 - 2018
  • 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

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation, Business Recruitment, Retention & Expansion (BR2E) Committee
  • The Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court, Member and Counselor
  • Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, Investor Relations Committee
  • Sarasota County Bar Association, Immediate Past President
  • 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, 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
  • 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

News Releases

08.17.2017Shumaker Lawyers Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018
06.08.2017Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2017 Florida Super Lawyers® and 2017 Florida Rising Stars
06.06.2017Adria Maria Jensen and Douglas A. Cherry Presented to Sarasota County Bar Association
03.13.2017Douglas A. Cherry Spoke to Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance
10.05.2016Cherry Presents to Paralegal Association of Florida
09.23.2016Cherry and Malone Present to Sarasota Bar Association
08.16.2016Shumaker Lawyers Recognized in The Best Lawyers In America® 2017
06.22.2016Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite 2016
06.09.2016Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2016 Florida Super Lawyers and 2016 Florida Rising Stars
02.16.2016Shumaker Attorneys Present to Manatee County Bar Association
08.19.2015Shumaker Lawyers Recognized in The Best Lawyers In America® 2016
06.23.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite 2015
06.12.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and 2015 Florida Rising Stars
12.17.2014Shumaker Launches New Data Breach Practice Group
10.20.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Attorneys, Cherry and Smith, Speak at SAMA Dinner
09.02.2014Shumaker Launches Law Blog to Highlight Social Media Developments
08.25.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Attorney Douglas A. Cherry Takes the Helm at Sarasota Bar
08.21.201483 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015
08.12.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Launches Community Back-to-School Campaign
06.16.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys named 2014 Florida Super Lawyers and 2014 Florida Rising Stars
06.13.2013Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2013 Florida Super Lawyers and 2013 Florida Rising Stars
05.31.2013Douglas A. Cherry to Speak at Annual Florida Bar Convention
04.16.2013Douglas A. Cherry Presented at Copyrights Workshop
01.28.2013Douglas A. Cherry Presented to Florida Institute of CPAs
10.12.2012Douglas A. Cherry Featured in Gulf Coast Business Review
10.01.2012Douglas A. Cherry Presented to Sarasota County Bar Association
06.12.2012Douglas A. Cherry Presented to Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance
04.18.2012Douglas A. Cherry Presented to Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar
12.28.2011Douglas A. Cherry Presented at Gulf Coast Venture Forum Seminar
11.18.2011Douglas A. Cherry Presented at SAMA Dinner Meeting
08.25.2011Douglas A. Cherry Panelist at Sarasota Chamber Marketing Seminar
06.21.2011Douglas A. Cherry Participated in Barcamp Sarasota
06.02.2011Douglas A. Cherry Featured Speaker at Legal Aid of Manasota CLE Program
06.01.2011Douglas A. Cherry Participated in Panel Discussion Regarding Social Media
01.24.2011Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Announces New Partners
01.07.2011Douglas A. Cherry Presented Seminar Hosted by AAF Suncoast and EDC of Sarasota
11.17.2010Douglas A. Cherry Spoke at STF Techbyte Luncheon
08.23.2010Douglas A. Cherry Presents Seminar on Intellectual Property Issues at SMALSS Meeting
08.10.2010Douglas A. Cherry Presents Seminar on Intellectual Property and Technology Law Issues at FPRA Annual Conference
06.07.2010Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2010 Florida Super Lawyers and 2010 Florida Rising Stars




Events and Presentations

02.13.20182018 Cyber Security Symposium:  "Data Breach: Expert Advice on Mitigating the Consequences and Protecting the Brand"
10.17.2017"Protecting Your Intellectual Property and Using Social Media - 10 Fatal Mistakes Made by Small Business Owners in the Digital Era"
05.25.2017"Social Media Issues in Family Law" presented to the Family Law Section of the Sarasota County Bar Association
04.28.2017"Data Breach:  Expert Advice on Mitigating the Consequences and Protecting the Brand" presented to the Association of Corporate Counsel
03.09.2017"Legal Insights for Designers and Developers" presented to Front End Design Meetup
03.08.2017"Protecting Intellectual Property," presented to Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance
10.13.2016"Practical Advice on Protecting Your Business from a Data Breach," presented to the Venice Chamber of Commerce
10.01.2016Technology, Social Media and Online Property Rights – Ethics and Competency in the Digital Era," Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., 2016 Fall Conference
09.22.2016“Your Client Had a Data Breach, Now What?” Sarasota County Bar Association
01.27.2016 “Avoiding the Pitfalls of the Digital Era of Law: E-discovery, Preservation and Other Technological Issues” presented to the Manatee County Bar Association
01.21.2016"IP and IPAs" presented by Douglas A. Cherry at AdFed Suncoast AdNites
01.19.2016"You Had a Data Breach. Now What?" presented by Douglas A. Cherry and Scott A. LaPorta at the Suncoast Technology Forum Techbyte Luncheon
08.07.2015“Effective Branding Techniques and Intellectual Property Protection in the Digital Era” presented at the Florida Festival & Events Association (FFEA) Convention
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
06.16.2009Roundtable 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
02.24.2009Social 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
03.27.2008Guest 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
12.06.2007Panelist at EDC Creative Cluster Group Seminar, Ringling School of Art and Design
01.01.2006E-Discovery and Metadata: An Overview and Discussion, Sarasota Bar Association
01.01.2005Ten Fatal Assumptions by Technology Companies, 82 Degrees Tech

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  • J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2000
  • B.S., University of Florida, 1997

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Florida, 2000
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 2006
  • United States District Court Middle District of Florida, 2000
  • United States District Court Southern District of Florida, 2012