For over 30 years, Doug has dedicated his career and practice to finding solutions for his clients in complex business cases including corporate and partnership disputes, trade secret litigation, real estate disputes, and breach of contract lawsuits. He also defends media companies in First Amendment matters and has an active appellate practice. Doug currently serves as the firm’s Managing Stockholder and is immediate past-chair of the firm’s Business Litigation Department. Doug also has a substantial bankruptcy practice, representing companies, financial institutions, bankruptcy trustees and other creditors in bankruptcy court.
Since 2018, Doug has been annually recognized by Florida Super Lawyers and named a “Top Lawyer” by Naples Illustrated magazine for his work in Business and Commercial Litigation. He also has been honored by Best Lawyers in America® (2023-2024). Doug has two children, Douglas (Jr.) and Christopher.
Professional And Civic Affiliations
Doug is active in the Southwest Florida community and serves on the Board of Directors for the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida, and is a member of Lee County Bar Association‘s Executive Council. He is a graduate of Leadership Lee County and previously served two terms as Chairman of its Steering Committee. Over the years, Doug served three terms as president of the Lee County YMCA Board; chairman of the YMCA Youth Sustaining Funds Drive; member of the Early Learning Coalition and City of Palms Classic Board of Directors; co-chairman of the City of Palms Basketball Alumni Association; and president of the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium Board of Directors. He’s a former little league, basketball, and soccer coach.
Doug is also active in the Florida legal community as a member of the Southwest Florida Bankruptcy Professional Association and Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association. He is past president of the Federal Bar Association, Southwest Florida Chapter; former barrister in the Calusa Chapter of the America Inns of Court; and is a previous member of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.
- Represented the plaintiff in a complex commercial litigation matter along with my partner, Carlos Kelly. The case involved the breach of a long-term contract and claims by the defendant that our client materially breached the agreement. After a bench trial the judge immediately ruled from the bench and awarded our client over $6.2 million in damages. We have also filed a motion to assess attorney fees and costs against the defendant.
News & Insights
- Naples Illustrated Magazine Recognizes 44 Henderson Franklin Attorneys as “Top Lawyers”
- 14 Henderson Franklin Attorneys Recognized in the 2024 Edition of Best Lawyers in America®
- Henderson Franklin Celebrates 26 Attorneys Recognized as 2023 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
- Local Law Firm Leaders Share Insight on Crisis Management During Natural Disasters on International Passle CMO Series Podcast
- Douglas Szabo and Jerry Olivo Sworn In to Lee County Bar Association’s Executive Council
- Henderson Franklin Awarded Large Business of the Year Award
- Douglas Szabo to serve on Lee County Bar Association’s Executive Council
- Naples Illustrated Magazine Recognizes 36 Henderson Franklin Attorneys as “Top Lawyers”
- 21 Henderson Franklin Attorneys Recognized as 2022 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
- Naples Illustrated Magazine Recognizes 39 Henderson Franklin Attorneys as “Top Lawyers”
- 20 Henderson Franklin Attorneys Recognized as 2021 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
- Douglas Szabo Elected Managing Lawyer of Henderson Franklin
- Three Henderson Franklin Lawyers Recognized for their Pro Bono Service
- Henderson Franklin Named “Best Intellectual Property Law Firm” By Gulfshore Business Magazine
- Naples Illustrated Magazine Recognizes 28 Henderson Franklin Attorneys as “Top Lawyers”
- Henderson Franklin Names Mark Nieds Chair and Launches Intellectual Property Group
- 21 Henderson Franklin Lawyers Honored as 2020 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
- Eighteen Henderson Franklin Lawyers Selected as 2019 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars