Doug focuses on estate planning and commercial transactions. In the estate planning area, he primarily represents business owners, executives and professionals.  In his commercial transactions practice, he assists a wide variety of primarily small to mid-size enterprises, but his emphasis is on software and other technology companies, assisting them in licensing and development as well as other business needs and transactions.

Doug believes that listening, and then providing responsive solutions that combine an understanding of the client’s needs and goals with his and RCO Law’s broad knowledge base results in a rewarding experience for the client.

  • Practice Areas  

  • Education  

    The University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1976

    Purdue University, Industrial Engineering, B.S., summa cum laude, 1973

  • Bar Admissions  


  • Professional Associations  

    Findlay Estate Planning Council

    Findlay/Hancock County Bar Association

    • Past President
    • Past Chair of Grievance Investigation Committee

    Ohio State Bar Association

    • Intellectual Property Law Section
    • Past Member Council of Delegates

  • Community Involvement  

    Millstream Angel Club

    • Founder and Board Member

    Past involvement includes

    • Camp Fire NO-WE-OH Council Board of Directors
    • First Presbyterian Church Deacon and Elder
    • Hancock County Historical Museum Board of Directors
    • Hancock County Humane Society Foundation

    Julie Cole Charitable Golf Outing

    University of Findlay Planned Giving Council

    City of Findlay Income Tax Board of Appeals

    Camp Fire U.S.A. Northwest Ohio Charitable Trust Board of Directors

    Findlay Rotary

    • Board of Directors
    • Past President

    Blanchard Valley Port Authority

    • Board of Directors
    • Chairman

    Blanchard Valley Health System

    • Audit and Compliance Committee
    • Past Director of Continuing Care Services

    YMCA Foundation Board of Directors

  • News  

Estate Planning

  • Based on client needs, Doug provides estate planning that includes anything from a simple will to complex plans, including credit shelter, life insurance, retained annuity, charitable lend, charitable remainder and/or spousal limited access trusts, gifting strategies and family limited partnerships.

Commercial Transactions

  • Doug successfully advised client on sale of company from one leveraged buy-out firm to another leveraged buy-out firm.
  • Doug advised client in negotiation of exclusive manufacturing agreement with Fortune 500 medical device manufacturer.

Software Licensing

  • Doug advised software companies ranging in size from single developers to a Fortune 500 Company in negotiating of license agreements, including end-user, reseller, distribution, OEM, and value-added-reseller license agreements.

Business Start Ups

  • Doug advises clients on structuring and financing of new business.
  • Doug co-founded and represents angel investor club which has negotiated over a dozen investments on behalf of its members totaling more than $20,000,000 since its inception in August, 2011.
  • Doug advised start up client on structuring of new venture and negotiation of $3,000,000 investment by outside investors, including operating agreement, members agreement, and investment documentation.

Contact Doug

Office Findlay, Ohio  Email
P 419-423-4321
Assistant Patty Koehler  Email
P 419-423-4321
  • Get to Know Doug 

    In my spare time I enjoy time with family, golf, cooking, wine and travel, preferably in combination. I am a big fan of University of Michigan football.


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