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Overview

 

Attorneys

Raymond J. Falcon, Jr.
Douglas E. Singer
Robert L. Pitkofsky

Of Counsel

Gabrielle T. Bohon
John H. Ogden

Associates

Gabrielle Lese

Bar Admissions
New York
Southern & Eastern Districts, New York

Legal Career
Associate, Strook & Strook & Lavan (1991-1995)
Associate and Senior Attorney, Webster & Sheffield (1977-1991)

Awards & Honors
AV® Peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell
Ambassador of the Year, Business Council of Westchester (2012)

Fundraising Achievement Award, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society [Westchester Hudson Valley Chapter (2006)
Service Award, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society [Westchester Hudson Valley Chapter (2005)

Professional Memberships
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Civic Memberships
Business Council of Westchester:
-   General Counsel, Member of the Board of Directors and Member of the Executive Committee (2014-present)
-  Ambassador (2012-present)
-  Member of the Small Business Council, Governmental Action Council and Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) Committee (2011-present)

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society:
- Member of the Board of Trustees [Westchester Hudson Valley Chapter] (2005-2011)
- Certified Marathon Run Coach (2011 – present)
- Marathon Run Mentor (2005-2011)


Speeches and Publications
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Education
J.D., Columbia Law School, Stone Scholar (1977)
B.A., Hamilton College, Phi Beta Kappa, (1974)
Graduate, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program (2014)

Douglas E. Singer
Founding Principal

 

Tel: 914.694.8400
Email: dsinger@falconsinger.com
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Douglas E. Singer, a founding principal of Falcon & Singer P.C., works primarily in the areas of business law, corporate contracts and transactions, nonprofit law, social enterprise and estate planning. He leads the firm’s social enterprise practice, working with individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations interested in pursuing social, environmental and economic responsibility initiatives through entities such as benefit corporations and certified B corporations. He works with business owners of privately held companies with a particular focus on women and minority business owners.


Doug often serves as an outsourced, in-house general counsel – a role which involves providing legal advice in the context of business and strategic considerations – similar to the position of larger company in-house general counsel who also sit on the executive committee. Doug uses a relationship-based approach to understand the history and direction of the client’s company in order to serve as a greater and more proactive resource than a typical 20th century lawyer. For example, he frequently helps business owners and senior executives to identify and develop opportunities they might not otherwise see or have considered.


He uses Business Life Cycle Planning®, a holistic integrated planning approach. This methodology regularly leads to creative ways to achieve business goals or resolve business problems by, for example, taking advantage of less obvious business structures (such as benefit corporations), obtaining certifications to develop new business opportunities, structuring relationships among the owners of a business, and developing strategies to resolve difficult issues in contract and transaction negotiations.

 

Doug graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program in March 2014.  The program, which has a competitive admissions process, provides a practical 10 week curriculum that teaches small business owners important tools to grow and add jobs to their businesses.  Each business owner leaves the program with a rational, vetted and comprehensive five year growth plan which he or she developed for his or her business.  Since graduating from the program, Doug has used elements of what he learned to provide more comprehensive legal services to his clients.

 

In estate planning, the hallmark of Doug’s approach is effective communication – active and careful listening and explaining complex concepts in plain English, not legalese.

 

Doug has worked with companies in a wide range of industries, including fixed based operator aviation services, medical services, professional services, real estate brokerage and entertainment. He has organized and advised privately owned corporations, limited liability companies, professional entities, nonprofit corporations and socially responsible enterprises (such as benefit and certified B Corporations).  He structures, negotiates and drafts corporate and commercial contracts, negotiates and drafts agreements for the purchase or sale of a business, and buy-sell, shareholder and operating agreements among the owners of a business.