“I bring a lot of energy to my practice. I am relentless for my clients, ensuring we fully explore the available intellectual property paths while considering what’s best for the client’s business.”


Doug understands how to protect intellectual property on behalf of NIL collectives, athletes, sponsors, and schools. Whether he is assisting clients with the protection of intellectual property through patent, trademark, and copyright prosecution, or intellectual property litigation, Doug focuses on building relationships founded on trust and constant communication. He successfully prosecutes patent applications for mechanical, medical, and chemical technologies. He helps clients with establishing and protecting trademark portfolios, guarding against improper third-party use, and conducting enforcement actions. Doug advises his clients on all matters involving intellectual property, trade secrets, branding and marketing issues, and contractual and other business matters. He also works with mid-level companies within the biotech industry. This gives him the opportunity to use his broad connections to help bring their inventions to market safely while protecting their intellectual property every step of the way.

For Doug, ideas are everything. Bringing together his love of science and a desire to help people achieve something greater, Doug always knew he would be a lawyer. He is enthusiastic and inquisitive, and he thrives on the aggressive pursuit of truth that enables him to present the best options to his clients. Doug enjoys diving into the technical aspects of a case, working tirelessly through every facet. He brings his findings to a larger group to ensure that his clients benefit from the collective strengths of his team.

When he is not working, Doug takes time to be involved in his children’s activities and is a self-proclaimed sci-fi movie buff.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation - Intellectual Property since 2020
  • Greenville Business Magazine, Legal Elite of the Upstate (2018, 2020); Intellectual Property and Innovation (2021, 2023)
  • Managing Intellectual Property Magazine, "IP Star" (2015-2016)


Professional & Community

Professional Activities

  • Trademark & Copyright Law Association
  • The Carolina Patent Trademark Copyright Law Association
  • American Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Greenville Bar Association
  • Executive Planning Committee, Southeastern Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur Week, Chair (2016)



Laurel Fowler
(864) 552-9332

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About Burr & Forman Sports Law

The Burr & Forman Sports Law team includes attorneys from a variety of legal and college athletic backgrounds, who provide counsel on marketing, licensing and other agreements. The team, which includes NFLPA certified contract advisors, has represented professional athletes in marketing and other deals, negotiated NIL contracts with NCAA coaching legends, represented professional sports organizations, and negotiated deals with major sporting television networks.

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