Duke University School of Law
JD, 1991, cum laude

University of California at Berkeley
AB, 1987, cum laude



US District Court, Massachusetts

US Court of Appeals, First Circuit

US District Court, Colorado

Publications & Events

Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Choate Lawyers and Practices

Douglas Gooding, John Ventola and Arian Galavis on Credit Bidding Disputes

Choate Receives Top Chambers USA Rankings for 10 Practice Areas and 30 Attorneys

Choate Has 52 Attorneys Selected for 2016 Best Lawyers in America

Choate Receives Top National Rankings from The Legal 500 in Seven Practice Areas

Choate Receives Top Chambers USA Rankings for 10 Practice Areas and 27 Attorneys

Douglas Gooding on Stay Relief Uncertainty

Douglas Gooding and Drew Goodwin on How Fisker Changes the Bankruptcy Asset Sale Landscape in Law360

Choate Sponsors Prominent Forum for Real Estate GCs

Choate Co-Sponsors 2013 Bankruptcy Networking Breakfast

Douglas Gooding in Law360 on Section 363(f)'s "Free and Clear" Power

Douglas Gooding Profiled in Bankruptcy Law360

Douglas Gooding and Sean Monahan on Lessons for Debtor's Counsel in Law360

Douglas Gooding and John Ventola on Recent Tenth Circuit Decision in Law360

2013 Best Lawyers in America

John Ventola and Douglas Gooding on Transfer of Venue in Bankruptcy Cases in Law360

Douglas Gooding on Credit Bidding in Law360

Doug Gooding and John Ventola on the Debate over Chapter 11 Magnet Jurisdictions

Choate Sponsors Major Bankruptcy Industry Conference

Douglas Gooding on Bankruptcy Jurisdiction

Doug Gooding and John Ventola on Gifting in Chapter 11 Reorganization

Douglas R. Gooding, John F. Ventola and Mark A. DeFeo on Environmental Obligations in Bankruptcy

Five Choate Attorneys Appointed Co-Chairs of Boston Bar Association Committees

Douglas Gooding and John Ventola on notice pleading in Bankruptcy Law360

Douglas R. Gooding and John F. Ventola on Credit Bidding

Douglas R. Gooding and John F. Ventola on Credit Bidding

Douglas Gooding, John Ventola and Sean Monahan on Changes for Secured Lenders in Law360

Choate Co-Sponsors 2009 Bankruptcy Networking Breakfast

Douglas Gooding and John Ventola on General Growth Properties Bankruptcy Case

Douglas Gooding Profiled in Law360 Q&A

Doug Gooding and John Ventola Offer a Road Map of the Financial Crisis

Choate Sponsors Periscopes Up: Managing Your Company in Turbulent Economic Waters

Douglas Gooding Speaks on Troubled Portfolio Companies

John Ventola and Douglas Gooding Published in ACC Quarterly Newsletter

Douglas Gooding and John Ventola Speak on the Role of a Chief Restructuring Officer

Douglas R. Gooding

Business Department Co-Chair

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“a leading figure in the corporate bankruptcy space, admired by both clients and peers … forceful but reasonable … the ability to provide concrete, business-oriented advice”

Chambers USA

Doug Gooding is the co-chair of the firm’s Business Department and former practice group leader of the Finance and Restructuring Group. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy. He has over 20 years experience in corporate finance, restructuring, bankruptcy and related litigation. Mr. Gooding has appeared in courts throughout the United States and in Canada and has been appointed as mediator in bankruptcy disputes.

Mr. Gooding is listed in Chambers USA, The Legal 500, Guide to the World's Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America and Massachusetts Super Lawyers.

Practice Focus

Finance, Restructuring and Bankruptcy: debtor-in-possession lending; representation of senior, second lien and mezzanine debt in complex restructurings. Extensive experience in bankruptcy, insolvency matters and out of court workouts.  Advises boards of directors on “zone of insolvency” issues.  Has represented troubled companies and creditors’ committees as well as financial institutions and insurers.

Representative Engagements

  • Counsel to lender owed $190 million secured by multi-family complexes in Massachusetts, Florida, Georgia and Texas.
  • Lead counsel to lessor in $150 million leveraged railcar lease transaction and workout relating to bankruptcy of The CIT Group.
  • Lead counsel of purchasers in Section 363 sales including in food, retail and drug industries.
  • Counsel to senior lender in workout involving fractional share ownership aviation company.
  • Represented debtor-in-possession lenders in numerous retail bankruptcy cases in Delaware, New York, Maryland, Connecticut and Illinois.
  • Representation of insurers in numerous bankruptcy cases throughout US relating to collateral, surety and premium disputes as well as alleged asbestos, toxic tort and hazardous waste liabilities. Cases include:  Nortel Networks (USA and Canada), Borders Books, General Growth Properties, Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Filene’s Basement, Armstrong World Industries, Owens Corning and US Airways.
  • Advised Fortune 250 company on its company-wide collateral and security documentation.
  • Successfully represented law firm against claims of legal malpractice relating to documentation of loans.
  • Served as mediator and successfully resolved dispute between liquidating trustee in bankruptcy and insurance company.
  • Lead counsel to Creditors’ Committee in case with over $1 billion in debt.
  • Lead counsel to portfolio companies in out of court restructurings of companies in industries ranging from contract manufacturing to national dry cleaning chain to operator of sleep disorder centers.
  • Counsel to holders of $50 million in sub debt which commenced involuntary bankruptcy proceeding against manufacturer of household appliances.
  • Representation of software companies in cases throughout the country in efforts to protect and enforce rights under licenses.
  • Representation of sellers and purchasers of assets in bankruptcy in industries ranging from retail, auto parts, home healthcare, food, photo imaging and advertising.
  • Representation of retailers in workout matters and pre-bankruptcy planning.
  • Lead lawyer in several reported decisions, including:
    Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. Greenwich Insurance Co., 1st Cir.; Fish Market Nominee Corp. v. Pelofsky, 1st Cir.; and In re Moon, SDNY.

Publications and Presentations

Professional and Community Involvement

Mr. Gooding is an active member of the Boston Bar Association. He is on the BBA Council and is a former co-chair of the BBA’s Public Service Oversight Committee and a former co-chair of the BBA’s Bankruptcy Section.  Mr. Gooding is active in pro bono matters and the BBA’s Financial Literacy program.  He is a frequent lecturer and participant on educational panels relating to bankruptcy and insolvency.  He is also on an advisory board to Tufts Hospital. Mr. Gooding lives in Beverly, Massachusetts with his two daughters.


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